Starring: Brennen McLean and Rashid Golchin. 

Abstract: Small and mid-sized businesses often don't know where to start when tackling business process optimisation and automation. We deliberate on how to get started with mapping out, optimising and automating business processes. All this needs a breakdown of silo thinking within the business, but also the inclusion of specialist knowledge that no business of that size can be expected to have in-house or easily develop. The discussion therefore naturally flows to the topic on how to engage with external consultants on a short and longer-term basis to optimise the outcomes whilst keeping expenses in check.

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Starring: Philippe Guenet. 

Abstract: When people think about digital transformations, the first elements that come to mind are new technologies and the adoption of Agile ways-of-working. When questioning later why change is struggling, most will mention People and Leadership. Many opinions then get expressed making it very confusing. Philippe clears it up Digital Leadership and how we can help to shape it. The discussion leads to the topic of how to build the intelligence and the autonomy of teams, how this challenges traditional leadership. Also touched is Classics like Kaizen and what to make of them in complex volatile environments.

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Starring: Gerard Chiva. 

Abstract: After 15 years of the famous Agile Manifesto, very few companies have been able to really benefit from Agile. As a result, many managers and executives do not even want to hear about Agile anymore. Gerard touches on the few basic things you need to do in order to achieve a strategic breakthrough, everything else is just patches or pretending to be. He specifically elaborates on the traps of Agile and how to succeed by applying fundamental principles of Lean Thinking.

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Starring: Nico Fourie. 

Abstract: For IT Leader Nico Fourie "the second most successful employee is a computer". Mentioning what lead to it and how his team is building on this success, he explains how this way of looking at the process did make it visible and understandable for his business leadership. This naturally resulted in discussing Nico's nearly 18 months as part of a Mastermind Group and how it has helped him in his business. We also delved a bit deeper into his Mastermind Group experience in general.

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Starring: Annette Vendelbo. 

Abstract: Achieving higher organizational agility is high on many businesses’ wish list. Understandably so, as there is plenty of evidence that agile organizations perform better and are more efficient than businesses that are not. 

But how do you get beyond the agile hype to robust agile transformations? How do you make it clear that agile comes with a price? How do you make managers understand that agile is not just a ‘team thing’? 

Annette talks about the dark side of agile and the dos and don’ts in agile transformations. 

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Starring: Branden Patience. 

Abstract: IT Leader Branden looks back on his nearly 3 years of Mastermind Group attendance. What did he initially sign up for and did he get it? He gives examples as to how he as a person and the group as a whole has grown over time. 

After outgrowing his first group in 2016, and he switched to another group. Branden explains how this helped him to take another big step forward. He reflects on how the focus areas of the respective groups were and are different depending on the maturity and focus of the members and how important the proper allocation into the correct group is. 

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Starring: Alex Novkov. 

Warning: This episode is rich in graphics, and we advise you to rather watch the video (link at the bottom). 

Abstract: The Kanban Maturity Model is a fantastic resource for leaders that want to achieve business agility, deliver on customer expectations, and achieve predictable economic outcomes. The 7 levels of the model contain a total number of 132 evolving sub-practices regarding visualization, limiting work in progress, managing flow, making policies explicit, establishing feedback loops and achieving continuous improvement. 

Here we will encounter many of them in practice through an hour-long journey through maturity levels 1 to 4. For this purpose, we're going to use Kanbanize, a lean management platform supporting mature end-to-end Kanban implementation. 

[Please note that this is the second of a two-session mini-series. In Episode 64  Teodora Bozheva and David J. Anderson, the authors of the Kanban Maturity Model give an introduction to the model and how it can help mid-size organizations become more adaptive and competitive.] 

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Starring: Teodora Bozheva and David Anderson. 

Abstract: David Anderson has coined the seven levels of organizational maturity and here, together with Theodora Bozheva they discuss how it can help mid-size organizations become more adaptive and competitive. That is, how organizations evolve through them and what benefits and business outcomes they gain at each level. At the end of the session, you will have a basic understanding of the KMM, how to start with it, and where to find more information about it. 

[This is the first of a two-session mini-series. In the next Episode, Alex Novkov from Kanbanize will address the topic from a technological point of view and will show us how to practically implement the Kanban Maturity Model.] 

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Starring: Mark Calvert. 

Abstract: IT Leader Mark Calvert is relating many of the milestones, big and small wins, but also pitfalls that he had to navigate in the past two years since starting a drive to centrally coordinate all improvement projects in their company.

What started as an initiative driven by him as part of the operational management team has over time become a semi-dedicated project management role with regular meetings with all stakeholders.

More recently they also got into the position to have the capacity to kick off the first continuous improvement drive.

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Starring: Claudio Perrone. 

Abstract: We want to be faster. We need to learn faster. Tools and technology can help, but only to a point. We know it’s a battle of mindsets. But most of us are so busy firefighting, that it’s hard to see how we can grow and leverage the human potential of the people we lead and serve. Companies who try some of those big, planned, top-down, and loud transformation initiatives, quickly discover how organisational inertia can violently fight back. Most “successful” examples took years of blood and sweat. Plus, they usually required sustained sponsorship... which you may not have. Let’s face it: Nobody likes to be a change recipient. We want to be players, not pawns. 

Claudio introduces us to his favourite stealth tactic to quietly hack into the prevailing culture and terraform organisations. Do you want to bring “light” to your team/organisation? Start from the shadows! 

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