Lean & Kanban Conferences – Looking back and looking forwards

Its a month now since the Lean & Kanban Conference in Miami and I haven’t had chance to blog about it. There’s probably not much I can add that hasn’t been said elsewhere already. It was an incredible week; stimulating, inspiring, focussed, energising. I learned a lot, and made and met old and new friends. For those who couldn’t make it, the presentations are available for download, and the proceedings book is available to buy. All profits from the proceedings will go towards the formation of the Lean Software and Systems Consortium.

Plans for the equivalent event in London are taking shape nicely. Registration is now open and we have had 40 registrations in the first week so it looks like demand will be high – book early to avoid disappointment! We have a fantastic line-up of speakers confirmed, and the program has now been published. The vision was to create an event which generates discussion and debate with a format that is hopefully a little different from the norm. The mix of presenter talks with interviews is intended to stir up some debate, and the Masterclasses are an opportunity to discuss ideas more interactively with the speakers and fellow attendees – more of a roundtable than a teaching session.

Zurich Lean Agile Scrum Slides

I have posted my slides for the talk I did at the Zurich Lean Agile Scrum event on my downloads page. Inspired by the quality of some of the “Zen” presentations at the Lean & Kanban Conference in Miami, I created a new deck, and included some more slides on some Lean history. I have added some notes to the slides so I hope they have some use for those that weren’t in the room!

The conference closed with a speakers panel, including Ken Schwaber, when the question of “Is Kanban an alternative to Scrum” was asked! Fortunately Ken and I are still friends after the discussion, and the general consensus was that regardless of what we do and what we call it, the primary focus should be on doing the right thing.

Announcing Lean & Kanban 2009 Miami

The Lean & Kanban 2009 conference in Miami (KSE : Miami) is officially open for registration at http://leankanbanconference.com/. Its February 18th-20th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

From the Flyer:

Two and half days featuring a full day of presentations with separate tracks for Lean and Kanban, plus a full day of open space and a half day of lightning talks. You will learn the latest thinking in applying Lean techniques like kanban to shorten cycle time and deliver more value from your software projects. Mix with the experts and practitioners using these ideas every day in organizations around the world.

Come and enjoy the beautiful South Beach venue. Enjoy the Florida sun in winter. Mix with your peers, extend your network and enjoy deep discussions during frequent breaks, open space and at our cocktail  reception Feb 18th sponsored by Ultimate Software. Be part of our community. Be part of the next wave of software management and leadership.


  • Donald G. Reinertsen
  • Alan Shalloway
  • David J. Anderson

Other speakers include:

  • Myself
  • Amit Rathore
  • Dean Leffingwell
  • Corey Ladas
  • Peter Middleton
  • James Sutton
  • David Laribee
  • Others

I’ll be opening the kanban track with a version of Kanban, Flow and Cadence to introduce the basic concepts and set-up Corey to talk about Scrumban – Scrum & Kanban,  I’m really looking forward to it – it should be the start of a regular conference which has the potential to grow into something big.  Hope to see you there!