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Fremont Agile Meetup


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.

Speaker Biography

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.

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  • Enjay S.

    I've been reflecting on Kenji's presentation for a couple of weeks now and really like how mindmapping can assist teams through ideation that eventually lead to user stories. This Meetup was truly informative and I thank Kenji for coming, as well, Joe for coordinating.

    October 2, 2013

  • Todd C.

    Excellent interview.

    Two takeaways for me:
    - distribute product ownership across development
    - love the business you're in to learn and do the a developer

    Thanks for the share, Kenji.


    October 1, 2013

  • 平鍋 健.

    At the last meetup, someone asked me about the role of Product Owner. Is he necessary or more distributed owner ship is possible. The conclusion there was like "The attitude of thinking about yours is essential to all developers, but at least someone has to prioritize and decide what to build anyway."

    I found today, a good interview with the product owner of Github.

    Almost the same discussion.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • 平鍋 健.

    Thank you for hosting me, Joe!

    I uploaded my slide yesterday.

    2 · September 20, 2013

    • Jeff B.

      Thank you so much for posting the slides.

      September 23, 2013

  • Donna

    learned useful concepts to apply for SD

    September 20, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    Thanks again to Troy, Larry, and Groundspeak for hosting!

    September 19, 2013

  • Joyjeet

    Thats right its curriculum night at my daughter's school as well. I can't miss it either. I am going to miss it this session.

    September 19, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    Ah, crud, I can't believe it, I have a conflict. It's Curriculum Night at my daughter's school, and this is the one time of the year I get a chance to meet all of her teachers. I can't miss it.
    So, have fun tonight. I really enjoyed last months meeting, and will see everyone next month.
    Plus, make sure to talk like a pirate, me hearties!

    September 19, 2013

  • 平鍋 健.

    I'm thrilled to talk to you and take part in the community. My first time, there. Thanks Joe Lukan for introducing me here.

    But... What is "Talk Like a Pirate Day" !??????

    September 4, 2013

    • Jeff W.

      Arr, ask and ye shall receive...but really it's no more complex than it sounds: http://www.talklikeap...­.

      September 4, 2013

    • 平鍋 健.

      As an engineer from Japan, I have no clue... but maybe I'll try.

      September 4, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    Sept 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day. I wonder who will be up to the challenge?

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!!

    August 21, 2013

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