"What we learn on this course, we don't bring back just to the company, it is knowledge for life ahead" That's what I've heard someday from one of my students during the Kanban course that I teach in Rio and other cities in Brazil together with Rodrigo Toledo, and that now is coming to the 40th edition. In the picture, "Aha-moments", moments of discovery written by students as they realize that something was learned during the class. Kanban is one of the most adaptable modern management methods that we have today. It is suitable to the biggest challenges that knowledge workers face in their offices. For software projects is a reality already. It won't take too long to be expanded for all other areas of knowledge and creative work.  In August 08th and 09th will be happening in Rio one more class of the course that is blowing the minds of managers, leaders, developers, designers and other creative workers. A whole new world of possibilities had been opened for those who attended the class. So, recommend for your friends or register yourself here:  http://www.scrumban.com.br/leankanbantraining/  

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One of my current initiatives is to write about studies and experiences that I am having lately with knowledge work systems. It started as a blog post, then become several posts and now is a mini-book that I want to evolve as my motivation about the subject grows with time. So here is the link for a draft of the first few pages: Click here to download I'm really proud to announce this in AgileBrazil which is happening in my birth city (Brasilia) at this moment.  I will be glad to receive any feedbacks or suggestion of topics to cover by e-mail. My e-mail address --> contact at alissonvale dot com.

 
 
Nas próximas semanas estarei em Brasília visitando algumas empresas e me reunindo com pessoas interessadas em saber mais sobre como utilizar Kanban para otimizar seus processos de trabalho. Estarei apresentando também duas palestras sobre o tema nos dias: 18 de maio (terça-feira) de 19:00 às 20:30 da noite. 19 de maio (quarta-feira) de 10:00 às 11: 30 da manhã.  Entrada Franca!  As apresentações serão realizadas no excelente Auditório do 2o. Andar da Biblioteca Nacional de Brasília, que possui um programa muito interessante de disseminação de conhecimento para a comunidade sobre os mais diversos assuntos. Vale a pena conferir.  Segue o cartaz de divulgação das palestras, seguido de um resumo dos assuntos que serão tratados    Abstract   Kanban: Evolução Sustentável de Processos Existentes   Apesar de ser mais conhecido em ambientes de produção industrial, o Kanban está se tornando uma abordagem popular internacionalmente para otimizar processos nas áreas de tecnologia, negócios, serviços e outros tipos de trabalho não-industriais. O corpo de conhecimento acumulado em torno dessa idéia oferece atualmente um conjunto muito simples de técnicas e ferramentas que, se aplicadas a um ambiente de trabalho ou organização, otimizarão os processos já existentes na direção de criar mais agilidade, flexibilidade e previsibilidade nos resultados esperados. Seu poder está na sua simplicidade, pois não é necessário comprar softwares caros, nem investir em consultorias ou programas de certificação. Na facilidade de adoção, pois ele não causa transtornos para as necessidades de negócio da organização. E também na facilidade de aceitação pelo grupo de trabalho, já que interfere o mínimo possível no processo já adotado. Nessa palestra, será apresentado o Kanban como o modelo de "gestão evolucionária de mudanças" que vem sendo aplicado com sucesso em empresas do mundo todo (tais como a BBC de Londres, o Yahoo!, a Microsoft e a HP) para otimizar a gestão de atividades ligadas ao trabalho do conhecimento, tais como desenvolvimento e manutenção de software, produção de jogos, suporte técnico, infra-estrutura de TI e outros tipos de serviço, onde o balanceamento da demanda contra o rendimento do sistema de trabalho é essencial para garantir a sua sustentabilidade.   Gestão Lean, quadros kanban, criação de fluxo, workflows de processo, sistemas puxados, modelos de coordenação, intersecção entre setores, além de outras técnicas de visualização e limitação do trabalho em progresso serão demonstradas como catalizadoras para a geração de um ambiente de melhoria contínua permanente não só em pequenos grupos de trabalho, mas também em grandes organizações.      Não deixe de comparecer! Até lá! 

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The day was April, 24th, 2010. The place a restaurant at the Lenoux Mall in Atlanta. The event, an special speaker lunch attended by a meaningful representation of the Lean/Kanban community. On this space/time reference, I had the most important experience of my professional life ever: It was officially announced that I have won one of the inaugural Brickell Key Awards for my recent work in applying Lean/Kanban techniques to design a technical/operational environment regarding the service-oriented business that I own in Brazil, a company called Phidelis. The award itself should be enough to remove the floor below me. But, in addition, it was given to me in a special event illuminated by a range of people which had heavy participation to form my professional values and technical skills. People whose books are in my shelf since 2003 when I have started my journey to the Agile/Lean way of work. I'm talking about an audience formed by, between others, David Anderson, Mary/Tom Poppendieck, Jean Tabaka, Joshua Kerievsky, Allan Shalloway and Don Reinertsen. An audience formed by all the new friends that I made in this community in recent years as well, with a special mention to David Anderson and Siraj Sirajuddin. Both gave me confidence to keep going considering the though challenge of communicate complex ideas in english, a language that I'm not fully proficient yet.   I have been asked to say some words and I've used the opportunity to offer the award to the Brazilian Agile Community, which have been helping me all this years, not just in the process of learning, but also to establish good partnership and friendship necessary to follow the path of change that we believe is going to create evolution in the way we do our work. Thanks a lot for everyone who was directly or indirectly related to this. I'm honored and excited to work even more in spreading the Agile/Lean/Kanban word.     Read the Official Announcement here:  http://atlanta2010.leanssc.org/2010/04/2010-brickell-key-awards-announced/

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Less than two months left to the Lean and Kanban Conference in Miami and some exciting news have just happened last days.The price is lower now and there are options for choosing between a "Full Lean Day", a "Full Kanban Day" or both. Look at the final version of the promotional flyer and open the conference web site to read more: Using David Anderson's words: "the greatest ever assembled group of experts in Lean software development will be convening in Miami in May to explore the frontiers of agile and lean in software development". He is talking about: Alan Shalloway, Dean Leffingwell, Peter Middleton, James Sutton, Corey Ladas, Karl Scotland, Amit Rathore, Sterling Mortensen, Aaron Sanders, Rob Hathaway, Max Keeler, Linda Cook, Eric Landes, Eric Willeke, Chris Shinkle and David Laribee. He also starts to talk about them in his blog here and here.I'll be there too. My company has been using the Kanban approach for more than a year and we learned a lot during this time. Since then, we've been building an eletronic kanban board to support the process and the way we use this board to manage our process will be the focus of my presentation.Now we are working to detach the board from the rules of our process. We are creating features to allow process customization. The idea is customize the definition of workcells, stages, limits, classes of services, flow rules and others Kanban concepts. Depending on the acceptance of the tool and feedback from the community, we can go to the Open Source model, giving back to the community all the support that we receive to improve our processes with these ideas. That's speculative yet, but quite possible.I see you there! 

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