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Day 1 at Øredev Developer Conference

Hej! Checking in from Malmö, Sweden, where I’m attending Øredev developer conference. It’s currently day 1 of the conference, and it started with David Anderson’s (@lki_dja) keynote on social engineering for/with/using Kanban. The Kanban Method is a set of principles and practices that are applied to an existing process to help an organization solve problems it may be experiencing.

The foundational principle of the Kanban Method are:

  1. Start with what you do now
  2. Agree to pursue evolutionary change
  3. Respect current process, roles, responsibilities and job titles
  4. Encourage acts of leadership at all levels

The Core practices are:

  1. Visualize
  2. Limit WIP (Work in progress)
  3. Manage Flow
  4. Make Process Policies Explicit
  5. Implement Feedback Loops
  6. Improve Collaboratively, Evolve Experimentally (using models and the scientific method)

The talk today focused on how sociology makes agile software development methods different from their predecessors, and how Kanban uses sociology principles to engineer trust and functioning teams. In general, high trust & liberal groups were the earliest adopters of agile software development, such as Scandinavia and Coastal USA.

He also went over social group cohesion and it’s effect on innovation - usually strong social groups struggle with innovation as they are all about conformity, rigidness, and can be described as brittle, or as lost souls. A cult is an extreme example of a group with strong social cohesion. Some words he used to explain weak social group cohesion: liberal, risk-taking, leadership comes from anywhere, no job titles, meritocracy of ideas. More resilience, more of explorers - these types of teams are the ones that end up innovating.

Phew! That was just one talk that I very much enjoyed so far - more to come!

I didn’t take as pretty of notes as Chris Noessel (@chrisnoessel), so I’m including his here!
I didn’t take as pretty of notes as Chris Noessel (@chrisnoessel), so I’m including his here!