We are very excited to host a special speaker from Japan for our September session.
People as the Conveyor of Knowledge: Lessons from the Grandfather of Scrum
In 1986, Prof. Ikujiro Nonaka co-authored a well-known paper with Prof. Takeuchi "The New New Product Development Game", and launched the concept of "Scrum" in product development (after Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber took the ball and ran with it).
We'll explore some important ideas about “how knowledge is created” and “who is the center of the knowledge creation”, as covered in Nonaka's Scrum concept but not yet discussed in the Agile world.
Nonaka’s SECI-model is an abbreviation of Socialization-Externalization-Combination-Internalization loop. He originally discussed this in his book “Knowledge Creating Company“. We’ll delve into this idea 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, or in his word “socialization”) should be inserted to the first part of the development (or Ideation phase). Scrum’s Sprint can be seen as an engine of the SECI spiral knowledge creation model that builds both the product and the team at the same time.
Finally, Kenji will present a concrete example on how intensive user involvement worked in the real industry.
Kenji Hiranabe is an Agile practitioner, book writer/translator and CEO of Change Vision, Inc., maker of Astah - UML and Mindmapping integrated Agile modeling tool. Kenji approaches software development as a form of collaborative game, and searches relentlessly for better ways to make it more productive, collaborative, and fun. His recent articles include "Kanban Applied to Software Development: from Agile to Lean", "Agile Modeling with Mind Map and UML." He is co-author (with Ikujiro Nonaka) of “Agile and Scrum: Collaborative Software Development That Connects Customers, Engineers and Management.” He has also co-translated several Agile books into Japanese including: "Lean Software Development," "XP Installed", "Agile Project Management." He is the 2008 Gordon Pask Award recipient for contributions to Agile practice.