Lean Kanban North America is for managers, teams, trainers, coaches, consultants and executives who want to more reliably deliver the products and services their customers demand using the Kanban Method.
Our attendees succeed even under challenging conditions by using Kanban:
- when Agile methods such as Scrum stall or meet resistance
- in environments requiring specialization, heavy regulation, high risk, or fast pace
- after a disruptive merger, reorganization, or rapid growth
- when multiple methods and globally distributed workplaces need to be aligned
We share experience reports and techniques on how to be faster, more predictable and more flexible with Kanban. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform to Kanban practitioners to meet and share experiences, learn new techniques, and see cutting-edge development in the field.
This event is part of the Lean Kanban Global Summit. It is immediately followed by the Kanban Leadership Retreat event, recommended for Kanban experts and super enthusiasts.
Lean Kanban North America is seeking proposals for Learning Labs, sessions, and workshops to build the best program yet. Some speakers will also be invited.
There are very few speaking slots available. Even if your presentation is strong, we can only select a few submissions.
Proposals are also considered for other conferences in the Lean Kanban conference franchise, so you may be approached to deliver your talk or workshop at another Lean Kanban event even if it is not accepted for LKNA19.
Note: Most sessions and workshops at this conference are by invitation. Therefore, we have very few slots available for CfP submissions. When the program is full, CfP submissions will only be accepted as back-up options in case a scheduled talk must be dropped.
Note: The review and feedback process starts as soon as you submit your proposal. Your chances for acceptance is greatly improved by submitting early as you’ll receive more feedback and support to finesse your proposal.
What are we looking for in a proposal? Sessions should be about Kanban (via the Kanban Method) or connected to it. We look both for insight and pragmatic application. Attendee want to learn about the context, starting point, the goals, the approach taken to achieve the goals, how well they were met, surprises and key takeaways with time in the session for questions and answers. Specific techniques are especially encouraged. We suggest that session proposers allow 10 to 15 minutes for questions and answers.
We are looking for sessions ranging across three broad experience levels:
- Kanban Foundations
- Intermediate: Effective Practices
- Advanced: Developing Organizational Capability Please indicate which of these best describes your session.
Talks on broad Agile topics (retrospectives, SAFe, etc) or project management topics will not be accepted unless they are relevant to combining techniques with Kanban. Lean content, as used in Lean manufacturing, is rarely accepted. Sessions and workshops must be relevant for an audience of people actively practicing Kanban. We also will generally not accept talks on ideas or theoretical experiments or broad social engineering. We look for content that has actually been applied in the field.
Who should submit a proposal? Anyone with practical application of Kanban is a candidate for a great topic at this conference. We try to assemble the most diverse conference we can, and we do that with your help.
The Kanban community is stronger than ever and we’re still reaching new areas, new industries, and new users. Be a part of growing Kanban by helping us change the future and share your experience.
You don’t need to be a well traveled professional speaker to get on stage at Lean Kanban North America. We welcome first timers and will work with you to make you feel at home. We also engage our experienced speakers to work with less experienced speakers to share their wisdom and help put together the best delivery possible.