Anna Radzikowska

Kanban Dragons | Poland

BIO: I have over 10 years of experience in finance, training and project management: working in public sector, big companies and running own business.

I always combine project work with it’s a practical application in daily activities, what results in continuous support, training and improvements also after project ends. I’m kaizen culture and Kanban method passionate, trying to spread these ideas among my colleagues and co-workers. Being ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) member helps me to better understand the business which I’m working with but also gives me another angle view on different (including financial) aspects of software development and product support.

I provide training sessions and workshops focused on best Agile practices (e.g. Kanban principles, effective daily stand-ups and methods of work prioritization) and co-create Kanban Dragons initiative focused on spreading Kanban knowledge.

TALK: What to do when you stuck in delivering? The way STATIK helps teams to move forward.

Session level: beginner

“I don’t know, what to do.” I hear this helpless statement pretty often. “I’m overburdened.” “Each task is urgent!”

All of the statements above are red flags and call for help. People loose motivation and energy, when they don’t know which direction they should go to finally break the blockers. If they ask for help, I propose the method, which helped many teams I had a chance to work with. It’s called STATIK: System Thinking Approach in Implementing Kanban.

Even, if it says explicitly “Kanban”, the method is primarily about understanding, where you are and what your problem is.

The power of STATIK is hidden in its simplicity and methodical approaching the problematic state, in which team exists. Through the set of logical steps, it helps people to digest issues and find a specific, team-customized solution. Additionally gathering the whole team in one place for a discussion becomes the first catalyzing activity in a stalemate situation.

I would like to share the experience of working with multiple teams from classical developers, through maintenance and infrastructure groups, to business teams. At some point all of them felt a deep need for improvement and moving forward and all of them went with me through STATIK exercise: some of them doing the full cycle, some of them just figuring out the way to fight the crisis. I will explain what we did and what were the “wow!” moments for them in discovering the true nature of problems they had to face. And, finally, how people – working together – were able to remove the obstacles out of their way.

Takeaways

  • STATIK as a method to cope with difficult situation and take the first step in moving the team from helplessness
  • The power of team’s cooperation and discussion during STATIK sessions as catalyst for change.