Kenji Keynotes at AgileRoots

Japan's influence to Agile and Lean

agileroots2014-speaker-badge2On June 19 in Salt Lake City, I’ll take part in Agile Roots 2014 and it is quite a honor for me to do the opening keynote. I was asked to come by Kay Johansen (@utahkay), who has been a friend of mine since the Agile Development Conference 2004 in Salt Lake City. (Wow it is 10 years!)

Japan's influence to Agile and Lean

Japan’s influence to Agile and Lean

I’m preparing very unique sessions from Japan for this “Roots” conference.

  1. People As the Conveyer of Knowledge:
    Lessons Learned from Prof. Nonaka, grandfather of Scrum
  2. Drink Lean From The Source

The first one is about the origin of Scrum, and the second is about the origin of Lean, both strongly related to Japanese culture and industry.

The first one is the keynote. I’m so humbled to speak about the origin and grandfather of Scrum…

  • People As the Conveyer of Knowledge: Lessons Learned from Prof. Nonaka, grandfather of Scrum

In 1986, Prof. Ikujiro Nonaka co-wrote with Prof.Takeuchi a well-known paper “The New New Product Development Game”, and coined the word “Scrum” which is later referred to by Jeff Sutherland in his modern Scrum in Agile development context. Here I’ll present some important ideas about “how knowledge is created” and “who is the center of the knowledge creation”, discussed in the Nonaka’s Scrum concept but not yet discussed in the Agile world.

He originally discussed Nonaka’s SECI-model in his book “Knowledge Creating Company“, and now I’ll put it in the context of Agile. How tacit and explicit knowledge transform each other into innovation, and why “Design Thinking” (or empathy to the users through experience) should be inserted to the first part of the development (or Ideation phase).

I want to share the “missing links” between his original Scrum thought and the current implementation of Scrum in the Agile world. Also this talk includes a concrete example on how intensive user involvement worked in the real industry.

And this is also written as a newly published Japanese book “Agile and Scrum: Collaborative Software Development and the Leadership That Connects Customers, Engineers and Management”, co-authored by Ikujiro Nonaka and me, which will be translated into English – hopefully :).

Other speakers are Mary Poppendieck, Israel Gat, Diana and Willem Larsen, Lisa Crispin, … I’m so excited to the reunion with them!

See you in Salt Lake City :-) (The registration seems still open!)

-Kenji

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