1. This presentation was given at the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2012 (LSSC12).

    We are in the midst of a massive transformation of human work into partnerships with machine systems. At the leading edge are people who build those systems and who are reinventing the way they produce value using the concepts embodied in Kanban and Lean. Multiplayer video games represent our most highly evolved forms of human-computer team interaction. Games offer a detailed blueprint for how work can be reconfigured to be more engaging, productive and even deeply satisfying. The ingredients used by great game designers are knowable and can be assembled to complement and greatly enhance the transformation envisioned in Lean software and systems approaches. These benefits require that game ideas be deployed in ways that individual workers (players) see as legitimately satisfying their interests and those of the enterprise’s epic story.

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  2. This presentation was given at the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2012 (LSSC12).

    If there is one certainty about large-scale organizational transformation it is to expect uncertainty. Kanban provides an alternate approach to traditional, big-bang change. But even a Kanban change initiative is guaranteed to provide a highly unpredictable outcome.

    Eric Ries definition of a startup is as follows:

    "A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty."

    By this definition, an enterprise Kanban change initiative could be deemed a startup, one that could take advantage of Lean Startup techniques.

    During this session I will present a case study on how a team of Kanban change agents leveraged the Lean Startup approach to enable validated learning on a large scale organizational transformation.

    I'll discuss how we tested the assumptions behind our transformation through the successful rollout of Minimum Viable Changes (MVCs). I will showcase how we cycled through the learn, build, and measure loop to steer the course of our transformation. Finally, I'll give an overview of our key pivot/pursue decisions, and describe how the lean startup approach provided us with the feedback required to make several significant changes in direction during the course of the transformation.

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  3. This presentation was given at the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2012 (LSSC12).

    There is good evidence from experience reports and other literature that an on-demand or kanban approach to scheduling is highly effective in many instances of software development activities. The question remains, however, if it is equally applicable to the systems and enterprise engineering found in large or complex system environments. This paper discusses goals, concepts and initial findings from ongoing research into this question within a specific type of environment. The research focuses on rapid response software development projects incrementally evolving capabilities of existing systems of systems. It is defining and modeling the combination of a kanban-based, value-driven scheduling system with a negotiation-based services approach to systems engineering in such an environment.

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  4. This presentation was given at the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2012 (LSSC12).

    Discussions of systems engineering theory and practice usually focus on the technical tasks that are to be performed by systems engineers. In this presentation, a set of socially-oriented tasks that are necessary to accomplish the systems engineering mission on a large-scale system development are described, and the need for the inclusion within the scope of the systems engineering function established. Most importantly, the implications for technical practices are described; for example, the representations and views of a system used by the systems engineering function are asserted to have a critical role in the success of these social-oriented systems engineering tasks, and through them, on the success of the entire project. The over-all impact on the systems engineering process of incorporating social aspects into the process and responsibilities are considered, and it is shown that the net effect is to increase the efficiency of the over-all process. Because these techniques help to manage and counter the complexity inherent in such large-scale system developments, they therefore constitute an appropriate element of lean engineering.

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  5. This presentation was given at the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2012 (LSSC12).

    Time and money are precious to any business. If you could “see ahead” of everyone else and cut your need for both resources, would you gain a business advantage?

    That’s what the General Theory of Innovation (GTI) has been delivering to product developers for the last several years. Its originator, Greg Yezersky, universalized a true Systems-level approach to finding and capitalizing on where a market is going, based on fifty years of design improvement findings from the TRIZ methodology. GTI identifies which products a business needs to direct its energies into, to take full advantage of the evolution logic followed by all markets.

    GTI also provides something critical that has been missing in the Lean Startups approach. Lean Startups-style experimentation is an ideal way to get around the low effectiveness of traditional market exploration approaches like focus groups, marketing clinics, and customer surveys. These only have the likelihood of creating market growth below 1 percent. Lean Startups is much better, but still inefficient because it subjectively “stabs in the dark” to choose its experiments: It lacks a systematic front-end approach to determine where to conduct your experiments. In other words, it gives no help on finding out what your customers need next…and most. GTI provides the “eyes” you need to use Lean Startups effectively. The GTI approach is equally effective in a traditional established business environment, where forecasting lowers risks and improves results. In either case, it will lower your burn of time and money.

    This session will present the GTI-based framework for how to see what none of your competitors can see, and tools for zeroing-in on what you need to do next for best business effect. It's like adding radar to your binoculars! The session will provide real-life examples, with actual results, and take-home tools you can use right away. If you also choose to attend the two-day workshop following the conference session, you will learn the step-by-step methodology (called the Design for Advantage™) and all the details (process, tools, principles, etc.) hands-on, with extended examples, background theory, and more helpful tools.

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