Thank you, Agile India 2013

Nonaka's Scrum

Agile India 2013 was an enagetic and eye-opening event I just attended in Bangalore. Here are some photos taken during my talks.

Craig’s Keynote

(Edit: Mar.7 Added) Here’s a mind map note I took for Craig Larman’s keynote speech. He made two bad jokes, but I almost forgot :). But he made a very good point about the real meaning of  “Customer Collaboration”, by using flip charts and a skit by three local engineers. I’ll remember the business side’s “more more more” and dev. side’s “less less less” mindsets once the goal is separate.

Craig’s keynote on Scaling Agile

My Talks and Slides

I did the following three talks. Each has a link to the slides.

  • “Drink Lean From The Source – Learning Kaizne From Toyota (PDF)”

Kenji Talking about Japan and Agile

This is my all-time best reputed talk that introduces TPS(Toyota Production System) to the Agile world. I would say “Lean” is like tomato juice, extracted from tomatoes and made portable and applicable to other environments, while  TPS is the tomato itself with roots in the ground. It needs cultural and social soil, and without it, it cannot live long. I showed a video to the audience, and made some notes on what’s happening there and tried to extract lessons with the attendees. (View PDF presentation slide)

(Edit: Mar.7 Added) Bruce Talyor(@rooosterboy) took a note of my talk as an awesome mind map.

Kenji Talking Lean

Kenji Talking Lean(by Bruce Talor)

  • “Agile Adoption in Japan and Nonaka’s Scrum (slideshare)”


Agile India 2013

Kenji talking about “tacit knowledge”

This is the one I really wanted to talk to the world this time. It describes how Japan is behind in Agile adoption, although the word “Scrum” is born in the context of new product development in Japan in the 80’s. To me, Scrum has been discovered by the western software development culture, and was imported back to Japan now. In the original Scrum concept which is not really associated to software, there are some more to revisit in the current movement of Agile. See my blog entry that discusses Nonaka’s other ideas which can be applied to the current Agile practices.
(View presentation slide)

  • “Exploring User Wish through mindmapping”


This is my pet talk, too. Mindmapping is a flexible tool to gather information and to share understanding in a group. I talked why mindmapping is good for creative group activities, showed a lot of examples, and then how you can benefit from mindmapping in a user interview session using a short “skit” with Satomi Joba.

All the talks went well although I was so nervous before every talk !

Astah (mindmapping tool)

Astah Professional

And in “Product Demo” I showed Astah, a mind mapping tool. I’m sending free licenses to those who asked me to via email. Please let me know if you got interested in the mindmapping tool and haven’t received the email from me yet(For more about this special give-away for attendees, visit here).


I got reunited with “Agile-All-Stars” including Linda Rising, Mary+Tom Poppendieck, David West, Craig Larman, Kevlin Henney, Jeff Patton, Laurent Bossavit, Karl Scotland, Masa Maeda and Henrik Kniberg. It is always good to talk with them personally.

This was my first trip to India, and people were so nice to me. I won’t forget the dinner with the local engineers Prem Muthedath and Bhavin Kamani, and also the nice chats with Sven Nilsson, Rebecca Rikner, Jagadeesh Balakrishman, Evelyn Tian, Swati Garg, Anuradha Gajanayaka, Suprika Shrivastava, Ram Ramalingam, Mahesh Varadharajan, and …. the list goes on.

Last of all, I’d humbly like to thank the team including Annu Augustine and Naresh Jain, who organized the fabulous conference and invited me to talk there. I’m so proud to have been part of it.

Also this time we were able to visit Premnath, KN – a member of Friends of Astah and explored Bangalore city with his generous hospitality. Thank you Prem.

P.S. These are my most ecstatic moments at the conference. 🙂

– Kenji and Satomi

6 thoughts on “Thank you, Agile India 2013

  1. We were very glad to have you here Kenji. Your humor and humility were very touching. Your talks were super. Special thanks for your “Drink Lean from the source” talk..

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