Workshops at Software Competence for the Future

Software Competence for the Future
at the Open Forum Stuttgart
16-17 May 2013

Workshops at Software Competence for the Future, 15 May 2013

Agile Systems Development Using Kanban

Why do so few product development projects keep to their original time and budget plans? Most companies use the same planning paradigms that they also use to optimize production. In reality R&D poses quite different challenges.

Kanban offers two advantages. As controlling influence it offers the flexibility that allows to deal with the dynamics of the inadvertent changes in the development. The second advantage is the “gentle” introduction of essentially agile concepts. “Gentle” means that existing processes and roles stay largely untouched. Kanban allows rapid deployment in pilot teams.

The workshop provides the required background knowledge about Kanban. Group work will introduce the workshop participants to the use of Kanban in development processes.

Facilitator: Joachim Pfeffer, Kugler Maag Cie

The Solution is already in us! Integrated Change Management

How do you face the accelerating demands of your customers and innovation needs of your organization? Currently agile methods in development are sold as a way out.

On paper  agile methods seem to solve. In practice, however, there is still a “small” hurdle to jump: how to achieve the behavior changes required in both organizational and individual behavior? Such changes in social systems can not be designed top-down to the drawing board and then “switched on”. Organizations and people are complex learning systems which evolve continuously.

Integrating Methods for Change

This workshop introduces methods and models needed to identify the necessary changes and how to incorporate them into everyday business.

  • To be successful the inner and the outer reference frame must match. Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer make this the basis of their Theory U, which is developed at the MIT for the transformation of organizations. “Leading from the future” is the paradigm.
  • The workshop combines practices from Theory U with Wingwave coaching. Wingwave Coaching is used successfully as an “turbo coaching” in the areas of business, performance sport and in to increase artistic creativity.
  • The Art of Hosting complements these approaches to achieve the required group respect and mutual appreciation.

This workshop will provide practical examples of how the concepts can be applied to change behavior in practice.

Facilitators:        Björn Schneider, Freelancer,
previously CEO at oose Innovative Informatics
Markus Wittwer, Coach at oose



About Hans-Jürgen

I am Chief Scientist of Kugler Maag Cie GmbH, an independent, international consulting company, specialising in the improvement of business and product development processes – from analysis, consultancy, and operative implementation to training and coaching. Most customers work in the context of emerging critical systems, such as automotive and transport. These require leading edge techniques to be deployed and organizational readiness for future challenges to be established. I have 35 years of experience in the software determined systems sector. As adjunct Professor, University of Limerick, I was Industry Director of Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, which I helped to establish. Previously I was a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, a director of software product and services companies, and Technical Director of the European Software Institute. I was involved in the design of means for industry-wide competence development in the automotive sector, and I conducted the first independent organizational software development capability assessment in the automotive industry in Germany. In my opinion the key competitive factor of the future will be a personal and organisational ability to embrace rapid change of the ecosystem and to proactively and continuously implement sustainable change. I have an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Dortmund and an M.A. of Trinity College Dublin. In 1986 I was awarded the IFIP Silver Core.
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