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The news of Kanban's meteoric rise and amazing business benefits for seemingly little effort have now reached most business leaders. Many are eager to get started with their own teams, but somehow this is proving to be quite the challenge.
Business leaders like you tell us they want to implement Kanban to get more done in less time.
Isn't it then so ironic how the very problem of time wasting you want to address through Kanban is probably also the main reason for why you don't just start or get traction with your Kanban initiative?
Of course, if you just had more time, none of the frustrations would really be such a big deal. But unfortunately you don't have the luxury of time (yet), which is exactly why we have created the Kanban Bootcamp for you.
Xuviate helped me get started with Kanban and within days we doubled IT throughput and dramatically improved team morale. Today I lead strategy for a major new business initiative. When we started a bit more than a year ago I had no idea just how quickly things could change!
JOHAN PRETORIUS, Group IT & OCTi Strategist at Aerosud
Get all the knowledge and guidance you need to get started with Kanban for your team. Establish a solid foundation in just 8 weeks as you learn more about the 3 Kanban principles, 6 Kanban practices and a myriad of tips and tricks in a very hands-on way.
To help you resolve the inevitable implementation challenges we dedicate a signifcant portion of our weekly sessions to collaboration and learning from each other. For the quick questions we also have a members-only group on the eXuviate Network.
Real success depends on how well your team adopts this new way of thinking which is why most of our homework exercises require you to work through challenges with your team, on your own, live team board.
The Kanban Bootcamp is revolutionary because it combines online training, actual implementation work and group collaboration over an 8 week period to leave you with a fully-functioning Kanban system you and your team actually use to get work done.
All without requiring more than a 4h commitment from you for each of the 8 weeks.
We all know it, there is just so much to do every day that it is very difficult to get to everything, let alone what is really important. This was no different for Mark and Mathias, who, as the founders and only 2 employees of Xuviate, have to attend to absolutely everything (strategy, operations, marketing, sales, finance, IT, admin,etc). It is actually ironic then that Kanban, the very tool we want to help you master, was also the primary tool they used for managing their own time and getting much more important work done than they otherwise could have hoped for.
We are always keen to share our learnings and fortunately coaching (which this is all about) is in our blood. Xuviate has been coaching business and IT leaders for 5 years already and recently expanded into Germany where we found a huge new market for our business agility skills.
What further distinguishes Xuviate from the many small consultancies is that our founders sold a very successful, 70 employee strong IT services company, which they built from scratch since 1994. Quite interestingly, for leading this business they used many of the same Lean and agile business management techniques they now teach about. This hands-on experience is a huge advantage in a world where proven entrepreneurial know-how is in such high demand.
We don't care much about being seen as thought leaders ourselves and are very keen to partner with the top Kanban, Lean and Agile minds in the industry to rather fuse different approaches and complementary thinking into something practical and useful for our clients. Our 85 eXpander episodes and close partnership with Kanbanize are good examples of the all-round benefits this approach has....
To make this training as practical and relevant as possible, it was an easy to decide to only use Kanbanize for our case-studies and homework assignments.
If your team doesn't already have access to Kanbanize we can organise a 3-month, special-purpose trial.
Since the Kanban Bootcamp is about much so much more than just providing training, we have thought deeply about every single aspect of it.
There will be 8 online sessions. Each one will be a 2 hours long Zoom session and follow roughly the same format:
Sharing & Deep-Dives
A few leaders (usually volunteers from the previous session) will get a chance to show-case their progress and engage with the rest of the group to find possible solutions to implementation challenges. This is great time to get tips and ideas!
New theory and insights for the week are introduced by the facilitators in an engaging but relaxed way. Interactivity is highly encouraged. Towards the end, volunteers are selected for the next session's "Sharing and Deep-Dive" section.
Questions & Answers
The final section is about answering as many questions about Kanban and practical implementation challenges as possible. We use a Lean Coffee format to keep up the energy and focus on what is most relevant to the majority of leaders present.
Individual learning modules follow on each other. Should you miss a session, you are advised to catch up by watching the recording. In each session we will cover exactly one learning module.
After setting the scene and welcoming everybody we immediately jump in to get a better understanding of the Kanban basics. We'll also learn how to design the first board and engage our teams.
A Kanban board without work items is pretty useless and your next step is to populate the backlog and to start working it off. Most critically you will focus on the ritual of the Daily Kanban team meeting.
We all know that multi-tasking is a productivity killer, yet almost everybody struggles with the concept of limiting work in progress in a business context. Understand why this happens and how Kanban helps you solve it.
Continuous improvement is baked deeply into the Kanban method, but to get it started you first need to understand how to measure improvements. Fortunately Kanban metrics are both simple and extremely powerful.
Teams are so tuned to gettting the work done that few have developed the skill to reflect on their work and get better over time. Learn about the Kanban meetings and what you need to do to get your team on a path of continuous improvement.
Even in the best systems curve balls still happen. Discover various Kanban patterns and techniques for dealing with these disruptions in an efficient and effective way that encourages further improvements.
Now that you have a working Kanban team system it is time to look at the bigger picture of coordinating how work flows between different systems. A big eye-opener awaits as you realise that business agility has nothing to do with team agility.
In the final session you will have a chance to reflect and brag about your successes. We celebrate way too litle in traditional businesses and we find it quite fitting to conclude by practicing this vital skill.
To facilitate knowledge exchanges outside of the weekly sessions we have created a private group on the eXuviate Community. Here you can share your insights, ask for help or just meet others like you. This group will remain available for 6 months after the conclusion of the Bootcamp.
Since engaging with Xuviate, I've dramatically improved my standing in the business and it only took three things:
1) Wanting to be better
2) Opening myself up to new ideas
3) Trying, learning and trying again
JASON SICHKARYK, IT Director at Rosenau Transport, Canada
How much is your hesitation to prioritise your Kanban implementation costing you? How many gaps do you feel you have in your basic Kanban understanding? How many avoidable mistakes will you make as a result of them? What will this cost you in time? What is the danger of losing momentum and buy-in from the team when complex challenges arise?
Failing to give your Kanban initiative a much-needed boost may already be costing your business a great deal!
Enroll for the only Kanban Bootcamp this year and expect these benefits before 2019 runs out:
We are so confident that you will get enormous benefit from the Kanban Bootcamp that we offer a no-nonsense, money back guarantee within the first 30 days of purchase. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more details.
At a minimum you have to reserve 2h every week for the scheduled sessions as well as between 2h and 4h to do the homework with your team.
Since the classes and the homework, however, are designed to help you build and improve your team's Kanban system, it is actually very helpful to think of this as an investment with a substantial ROI as your team gets better and better with completing important work.
This could be a problem as we really want you to participate in full and ideally also share your team's progress and challenges with the entire group.
In our experience, this is usually not a major challenge as there should be very little that is confidential about the actual process of implementing Kanban in your team.
As long as you make sure that your Kanban work items are non-descriptive or obfuscated you should even be able to share a screenshot of your Kanban board setup.
We know that there are many Kanban tools and options available. Unfortunately we cannot cater for every need and, since Kanbanize is considered one of the leading Kanban tools available (and we of course love it), it just makes sense for us to focus on one tool and ensure we get maximum value for everybody.
Also, the true value of Kanban, in our opinion, comes about when multiple team boards are brought together at a higher level for cross-team coordination. Kanbanize absolutely shines in this.
We usually define traditional businesses as organisations that use fairly conventional management paradigms (clear business-level hierarchy, top-down decision making, a structure based on grouping expertise, aversion to failure, a preference for detailed planning, etc) and usually have been in existence for a while.
Born-digital companies (i.e. companies who start out as agile, rapidly learning startups who are not afraid of new ways of working) are on the opposite side of this spectrum and would usually not benefit much from attending one of our Kanban Bootcamps.
Not necessarily, but you do need to be in the position where you can suggest and drive the implementation of Kanban in a particular team. Business leaders have this authority by default.
In the end it doesn`t really matter from which business function you hail because the Kanban principles and practices stay the same.
Having said this, most leaders we work with come from more back-end business functions such as IT, Marketing, HR, Sales and Finance as opposed to more customer-facing business units.
Apart from the fact that these business units often still don't know how much they could benefit from using Kanban, customer-facing business units often deal with a lot more uncertainty.
To deal with this uncertainty, tools such as Lean Startup and Design Thinking have been developed but unfortunately we will not have enough time to include them in this Bootcamp.
If they are also business leaders and equally keen to deploy Kanban with their teams, then yes, absolutely! In fact, if there are more of you who implement Kanbanize some very interesting options open up as soon as you want to start coordinating work across teams .
Apart from this, it also pays dividends if multiple people in your company are on the same journey.
Due to our international audience our next Bootcamp will be delivered exclusively in English. We will gauge the interest for a parallel, German-only offering and could have something up and running in no time since both, Mathias and Mark, our main facilitators are native German-speakers.