Adam Light, Lean & Agile Consultant, SocioTech
Has improvement plateaued in your team or organization? Are you struggling to bring changes that are larger than one team, or to maintain focus across more than one sprint? Agile retrospectives are great, but there’s much more to continuous improvement! Join Adam to learn how you can take continuous improvement beyond retrospectives.
In this half-day workshop, you’ll discover the Improvement Kata: a practice pattern for goal-directed continuous improvement that works at the team, department, and organization levels. By complementing retrospectives with the Improvement Kata, you can to coordinate improvements across multiple teams, achieve ambitious goals incrementally, build measurement into every improvement, and sustain motivation over time.
This workshop is for anyone who seeks to make things better by improving processes and practices — agile or otherwise. You’ll learn to how to set quarterly goals around capabilities that bring benefit to your business and how to approach those quarterly goals in measurable monthly increments. Through an immersive simulation, you’ll practice running rapid experiments to achieve your goals. And you’ll learn how to recognize and celebrate learning as improvement occurs.
By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a fresh perspective on continuous improvement along with the skills and knowledge required to begin applying the Improvement Kata in your own organization.
After completing the workshop, attendees will be able to:
- Explain the steps and sequence of the Improvement Kata
- Set measurable improvement goals at 3-month and 1-month horizons.
- Carry out effective experiments toward a specific improvement goal.
- Differentiate improvement goals, obstacles, and countermeasures.
- Form a learning partnership with a coach or peer to sustain improvement discipline.