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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Half-day Tutorials

The Kanban Racing Challenge: An Immersive Workshop NEW

The Kanban Racing Challenge is an immersive workshop where you learn the basic practices of a Kanban team by building an obstacle course for radio-controlled cars. This fast-paced, competitive learning environment prepares you to immediately apply Kanban on your own software teams. Your racing team starts with a warm-up lap that explains how your Kanban Storyboard creates a “continuous pull system” and natural self-management. Then the race is on as your team competes to build features on your racetrack while you experience Kanban norms like work in process (WIP) limits, service level agreements (SLAs), and expedite requests. Don’t worry, we take breaks to continuously improve, guided by simple metrics such as “lead time.” Whether you’re just exploring agile or you’re already a Kanban leader, this fun and challenging simulation focuses you on how teams can maximize the smooth flow of new features with high quality. No Kanban experience is required, but experts are welcome.

Nate Oster, CodeSquads, LLC

An agile player-coach and founder of CodeSquads, Nate Oster helps clients adopt lean and agile methods. Nate builds high-performance teams that adapt to change, embrace a pragmatic philosophy of continuous improvement, measure progress with new features, and deliver high-quality software that delights customers. As a coach, he inspires adopters with hands-on mentoring and simulations like The Kanban Racing Challenge, which provide a safe learning environment for new ideas. He promotes testing as a serious technical discipline.

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