Interactive Workshops Offer Hands-on Engagement for Knowledge Workers at Modern Management Methods Conference

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First time in San Francisco, Lean Kanban North America 2014 provides workshops facilitated by respected industry leaders.

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Part of the global Lean Kanban conference series, Lean Kanban North America 2014 brings together people from all over the world to learn and share new management skills

Lean Kanban North America 2014 brings together people from all over the world to learn and share new management skills for better service delivery with greater predictability, visibility and risk management.

Responding to popular demand, Modern Management Methods: Lean Kanban North America 2014 announced 24 new Interactive Workshops for its May 5-8 conference at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Facilitators from all over the world will lead the interactive workshop sessions. They will also be able to dive deep on topics such as Monte Carlo forecasting; taking your organization Beyond Budgeting; Lean Startup validation and experimentation; Kanban + CMMI; Innovation Accounting; the Lean Change Canvas and much more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in high quality face-time with facilitators and peers -- even keynote speakers. Here they will be able to share work challenges and gain the most value out of their time at the conference.

Attendees who register for a 4-day All Access Pass to Lean Kanban North America 2014 will gain access to the 24 Interactive Workshops on May 5 and May 8.

Highlights of the interactive workshops include:

  •     Getting Started with Cost of Delay (Özlem Yüce) – Explore your assumptions and better understand the value and urgency for your idea, feature or project.
  •     Capturing and Analyzing “Clean” Metrics (Troy Magennis) – Understand the major contaminants that impair data sample integrity. Build better intuition and higher confidence in data on cycle time and throughput.
  •     How to Implement Self-Directed Work Teams (Doug Kirkpatrick) – Find out what is needed to move from a traditional company to one where there are no bosses.
  •     21st Century Risk Management (Dennis Stevens) – Risk avoidance and risk mitigation actions through collaborative games, new risk visualization techniques, and empowered teams.
  •     Improving the Way We Decide (Olav Maassen) – Become aware and be deliberate about your decision-making process.

Lean Kanban North America 2014: Focus On New Management Skills

Part of the global Lean Kanban conference series, Lean Kanban North America 2014 brings together people from all over the world to learn and share new management skills for better service delivery with greater predictability, visibility and risk management. The theme of this conference is “Making Better Decisions in the Face of Complexity and Uncertainty.” Attendees will come away with new approaches and methods to make more informed decisions and present their organizations with logical choices backed by data and probabilistic analysis.

The main part of the conference showcases keynote speakers including, David J. Anderson, president of Lean Kanban Inc., speaking on the Drucker Challenge and how to improve the speed of decision making and decide with confidence; Bjarte Bogsnes, Chairman of Beyond Budgeting Round Table Europe (BBRT) on the problems with traditional management including budgeting; Dave Snowden, founder and chief scientific officer of Cognitive Edge on understanding and managing complex systems; and Joshua Kerievksy, founder of Industrial Logic, on Anzaneering, cultural change based on technical safety.

“Knowledge workers and managers are tasked daily with making decisions about product development, service delivery, and risk management that affect their organization’s health and success,” said David J. Anderson, conference chairman. “Our conference offers the opportunity to explore new ways to approach these decisions and interact with both experts and peers. Last year people asked for more face-time with speakers and more ways to connect with other attendees. To accomplish this, we have book-ended this year’s program with a selection of 90-minute interactive workshop sessions with leaders in our field.”

In addition to the interactive workshops, six session tracks scheduled over two days will feature: Beyond Budgeting, Lean Startup, Kanban, Lean Applied, Evolving Product Management and Managing Risk.

Additional speakers on the main stage include several top-tier published authors: Rod Collins, author of Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World; Olav Maassen, Real Options theory expert and co-author of the first graphic business novel on managing project risk: Commitment, which won the 2013 UK Agile Awards for the category “Most Valuable Agile Innovation”; Dr. Kathleen Mosier, Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and author of Informed by Knowledge: Expert Performance in Complex Situations; and Luke Hohmann, CEO of Conteneo. and author of Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play.

Lean Kanban North America Registration
Go to to register for Lean Kanban North America 2014. The best value is a 4-day All Access Pass, which includes two days of sessions in multiple tracks, plus two days of interactive workshops, four keynotes and more. Rates for a Limited Access Pass, Hall Pass and a One-Day pass are also available.

About the Lean Kanban global conference series
Operated by Lean Kanban, Inc., Lean Kanban Conferences bring the community together to share learning and make lasting connections. The global conference series includes events organized by Lean Kanban, Inc. and events organized by our partners around the world. To see a list and locations of these conferences, visit

For more information about the global Lean Kanban conference series, email janice(at)leankanban(dot)com. You can also join the Lean Kanban North America discussion on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the Kanban Method
The Kanban Method, as originated by David J Anderson in 2005, was the breakthrough that has since enabled thousands of organizations around the world to easily implement a more empowered, high trust culture with minimal disruption to current roles, responsibilities and working practices.

While the Kanban Method has roots in Lean manufacturing, the new orientation is designed for service delivery in creative and knowledge worker fields where the virtual inventory is thought work – not visible, physical, or found stacked up in a warehouse.

The Kanban Method is now practiced at companies around the world such as the BBC (UK), Petrobras Energy (Brazil), Sandvik construction (Sweden), Raiffeisan Bank (Russia), CME Group (USA), Ericsson (Sweden), Ping An Insurance (China), and many media and entertainment companies, game developers, online retailers, development studios, and government facilities.

About Lean Kanban, Inc.

Lean Kanban, Inc. was created to grow an active Kanban market worldwide while protecting the interests of managers who seek to apply Kanban to their knowledge work or service work. Kanban is growing quickly worldwide, and Kanban training and consulting is offered by many providers. Lean Kanban, Inc. works to assure the quality of Kanban training.

The Lean Kanban, Inc. programs offered by its accredited trainers and coaches is based on the Kanban Method, the set of principles and practices proven through successful Kanban implementations to improve service delivery, collaboration, quality, and worker satisfaction.

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