19 MAY 2023

SOFIA, BULGARIA

The biggest presentation skills conference on the 🌍

SPEAKERS

2-3 JUNE 2022 | ONLINE CONF

IT TRACK

Learn how to scale agility, reduce rework and create extraordinary customer experience.

2-3 JUNE | 10:00 - 18:00 CET

10:00 - 10:45 CET

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11:00 - 11:45 CET

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Lean IT Product Development: Learning Fast to Design the Right Digital Product 

As everyone will have seen, the probability of failure of an IT project is directly correlated with its size. Many river projects have ended up being abandoned after two, four or seven years of hard work, shortened nights and tens of burnouts, even hundreds of millions of euros. "Too big to succeed". 

These painful failures are always the consequence of a flawed preparation during the upstream study phase of product. Creating the wrong product is after all the worst possible form of waste.

What key problem does the product intend to solve? 

What is the real current context in which the product operates within? What features are most critical? 

Lean Digital engineering provides a key supportive tool applied to IT Product before rushing to foggy future.

12:00 - 12:45 CET

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Why Lean Is the Right Way to Scale Agile

When the agile manifesto was published in 2001, a wave of enthusiasm took over the developer community. Finally a decent, human-centered approach to development, full of common sense to replace the construction-inspired bureaucratic processes that were the state of the art at the time. But as the development community became more professional and the size of digital projects grew, bureaucracy came back. And this time with agile in its name.

 

How can we fight back against bureaucracy and bring back the enthusiasm of the early days, even at scale? Using our 12 years of experience pioneering agile, devops and lean on hundreds of successful software products, I will bring you back to the core DNA of the agile manifesto. And look at what research tells us on how we can scale it.

 

There is no silver bullet against bureaucracy... but lean combines 70 years worth of research on the topic of scaling while keeping the Big Company Disease away. This is the story of how we experimented with lean in software development to successfully scale the agile manifesto over the last ten years.

13:30 - 14:30 CET

14:45 - 15:30 CET

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Lean for Robot-Run Business Processes

We look at how business processes would be 5 or 10 years from now. Will robots (Digital workers) be running lot of business processes? How will Robots and Humans collaborate? How would Lean contribute? How do you prepare for robotization of a process? Do you standardize first or automate first? How do you measure, analyze and continuously improve robot run processes? Can robots become self-improving?

15:45 - 16:30 CET

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Digital Revolution: The Right Answer to the Wrong Problem

Much is said about the application of agility in the digital transformations of companies, they all want to be connected in the most modern way, deploying Chatbots filled with artificial intelligence, Robotization for greater productivity and a lot of Big Data for strategic decision making. Vanity metrics make up the recognition of success, often masking the real situation experienced by customers.

 

The main element of any successful lean journey is the alignment of purpose with deliveries of the value connected to the needs of your client. The customer experience is something individual and their journey as a protagonist in the value stream, designed by the company, should be with minimal waste from their own perspective. When we are thinking lean, being agile and using technology as a means, a true digital transformation takes place.

16:45 - 17:30 CET

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Lean Has No Tools, Only Behaviors

Why do so many Lean Transformations fail? Is transformation the right word? Where does agility fit and what about new concepts like flow. In this Keynote (plenary) talk by former Toyota Chief of Agile Nigel Thurlow will discuss how human behaviors and team science are the key to successful change initiatives, be they Lean, Agile, Scrum or the flow of value.

17:45 - 18:30 CET

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Edmond Nguyen

Partner at Operae, Leader of the Lean Digital Academy for European Executives

Fabrice Bernhard

Co-Founder & Group CTO at Theodo

Partha Mukhopadhyay

CEO and Co-Founder of Senzcraft

Chris Thompson

Director of Lean Institute Brazil and Lean Digital Expert

Nigel Thurlow

Former Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected and Co-Creator of The Flow System™

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PANEL DISCUSSION

The Maturity of IT with Lean Thinking and Practices

It has been now over 20 years since application of lean principles and thinking went beyond the manufacturing industry. Multiple books influenced the IT industry to start utilizing some of the lean best practices. Still, does the IT industry understand and apply lean in the right way and to the right extend?

Fabrice Bernhard, TBA, Ed Nguyen;

Vasil Petrov - Moderator

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Lean and Automation - Competing for Improvement or Supporting Each Other?

We will dive into the positive and negative sides of automation before applying lean process improvement practices. We will also highlight where lean fully supports automation and actually enables the value flow.

Nigel Thurlow, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Chris Thompson;

Vasil Petrov - Moderator

10:00 - 10:45 CET

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Every Organization Has a Dragon, Every Organization Can Use Lean Thinking to Harness It

Every continent of the world has stories of dragons, wherever these mythical beasts lived, these ancient legends endowed dragons with great power- life changing power.

In some cultures they are creative and protective and in others all consuming and destructive. They reflected the fears and aspirations of the storytellers and the times they lived in.

The dragon I speak about is a metaphor that represents the joint response of the people doing the work, to the leadership’s influence on their behavior. Every organization has a dragon, every organization can use lean thinking to harness it.

Like dragons, the people doing the work have the power to create or destroy. They too reflect the fears and aspirations of their storytellers. The storytellers are you the leadership. You guide the power of the dragon and what it can accomplish.

11:00 - 11:45 CET

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Lean Startup Now, Lean Scaleup Next

It has been a decade since US web evangelist and venture capitalist Marc Andreeson quipped that "software was eating the world", and in the same year (2011) Eric Ries published The Lean Startup. Now every business is 'digital' and depends on software engineers - whether they make software for profit, or rely on software for their daily operations. Testing and learning, creating minimal viable products to ensure product-market fit - these are all mature ideas. In 2022 the biggest challenges facing digital businesses relate to resilience and growth in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Luckily the lean movement developed ways of managing in VUCA times in post-war Japan that can be applied directly to modern digital business - strategy with Hoshin Kanri, problem-solving with A3, waste reduction, and removal of friction in delivery streams. It is time to unlock these old ideas for the new digital world.

12:00 - 12:45 CET

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13:30 - 14:30 CET

14:45 - 15:30 CET

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Lean Makes a Difference in Your Agile Implementation

The Agile ways of developing software have become mainstream with Scrum being used in more than 90% of the teams worldwide. However, the challenges don't seem to disappear. Working with hundreds of clients each year, we see that there is more that teams and companies can do, in order to improve the delivery of value to their customers. With this presentation, we will be discussing what you can take from the world of Lean, so that you take your organization to the next level.

15:45 - 16:30 CET

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The Great Enemy of Innovation

In the corporate world the big question is: how should companies react to this digital storm that is just beginning? Right now, to react is to transform. And it's about technology but it's also about radical changes in two interlinked matters: strategy and leadership model. In an unstable and fearful business universe, courageous leaders bet on innovation and do not follow the primer that success comes out of nowhere, without crises, learnings and adaptations.

16:45 - 17:30 CET

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Redefining Tomorrow with Lean Thinking

Lean thinking is informed by underlying values and assumptions. Key among those are the principles of Continuous Improvement and Respect for Humanity. To apply those, we begin by identifying problems or dreams and countermeasures or target conditions. How can CI and Respect embodied in lean problem solving be applied to the great problems of the world of today and tomorrow? How can we define our futures? What can we do practically to begin PDCA-ing our way toward better futures? This session will explore those questions.

17:45 - 18:30 CET

Sharon Visser

Experienced Executive, Lean Coach and Author of Lean Houses for Dragons

Nigel Dalton

Director of the Lean Enterprise Institute and Chair of Lean Enterprise Australia 

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Dimtar Karaivanov

Chief Engineer & CEO of Kanbanize 

Cesar Gon

Founder and CEO of CI&T and Author of Faster Faster

John Shook

Lean Author and Chairman at Lean Global Network

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PANEL DISCUSSION

The Leaders in IT - Flat vs. Multilayer Structures through Lean Glasses

The experts will talk about the pros and cons of the flat structures in many software development organizations. Quick decision making process verses blurred lines of responsibility?

TBA, TBA, Nigel Dalton;

Vasil Petrov - Moderator

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PANEL DISCUSSION

Gaining the Competitive Edge by Applying Lean Thinking and Practices

Lean has been widely understood as process improvement framework which will help us achieve more with less. As much as this definition does describe partially the need for lean, it is also very limited. In this panel we highlight the ways to excel in mindset, process and operational infrastructure by embracing technology and lean thinking together.

Dimitar Karaivanov, Cesar Gon, John Shook;

Vasil Petrov - Moderator

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