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Mik Kersten

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Episode 33: Mik Kersten + Scott Prugh

Mik + One

Joining Mik in this episode of Mik + One is Scott Prugh, Chief Technology Officer at CSG. In this episode, Mik and Scott talk about Scott’s experience and learnings from within the DevOps community, as well as many other key topics including:This episode covers:- The three domains in DevOps portfolio management and how to think about them independently, as well as how they reinforce each other- Flow Load and Work in Progress (WIP) and how organizations end up with a mismatch between capacity and the work that’s booked and committed- Combining service ownership with produce value streams- How to play the longer game by changing team structures and looking at managing services- The concept of an impact minute and how to calculate it- Successfully communicating technical language and processes to the wider team of stakeholdersSubscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode and don’t forget to leave your review.Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOnewww.tasktop.comFor more information about Scott Prugh and to view the full list of additional resources, visit:https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/scott-prugh/


1 Jun 2021

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Episode 32: Mik Kersten + Carmen DeArdo

Mik + One

Joining Mik in this episode of Mik + One is Carmen DeArdo, Principal Flow Advisor and VSM Practice Lead at Tasktop, and co-author of the award winning book, Standing on Shoulders: A Leader’s Guide to Digital Transformation.This episode covers:- Insight into Carmen’s early experience at Nationwide and Bell Labs, and how he has applied his experience and learnings to help other organizations today- Carmen’s expertise with local optimization of the value stream and how he works with organizations to take those first steps in making the switch from vertical thinking to horizontal thinking- The origins of The Flow Framework and how it has helped shift the way that organizations look at the entire value stream- The key lessons Carmen has learned from helping larger organizations fulfill large deployments of The Flow Framework, and some of the biggest surprises and learnings from the past couple of yearsSubscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode and don’t forget to leave your review.Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOnewww.tasktop.comFor more information about Carmen DeArdo and to view the full list of additional resources, visit:https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/carmen-deardo/


18 May 2021

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Episode 31: Mik Kersten + Gene Kim

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In this episode of Mik + One, Mik sits down with Gene Kim, best-selling author of The Phoenix Project and The Unicorn Project, as well as co-author of The DevOps Handbook.In this episode, Gene chats to Mik about the next book that he’s working on, and provides many insights into:- The journey of the Unicorn Project, the effect it had on technology leaders and how it changed their perspectives- A deeper look into the importance of Psychological safety and how this links to an organization’s structure and dynamics- Successful communication paths within an organization in order to improve culture, maximize flow and see successful results, faster- The properties and prerequisites of high performing, dynamic learning organizations and advice to help teams become one- The effective patterns that leadership can adopt to enable an effective communication architecture and organizational structure in order to maximize flow faster and more efficientlyTasktop are proud sponsors of the virtual DevOps Enterprise Summit Europe, taking place on May 18th-20th, 2021. Visit us virtually at our virtual booth, and don’t miss our speaking sessions, live demos, happy hours, giveaways and more. We have limited passes at 50% off the full ticket price for the first 100 people who use our special discount code. If you would like to claim one, please email events@tasktop.com.Subscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode and don’t forget to leave your review.Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOnewww.tasktop.comFor more information about Gene Kim and to view the full list of additional resources, visit:https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/gene-kim-ep-31/


4 May 2021

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Project to product with Mik Kersten


I’ve heard rants before (mostly from my friend Davor Čengija) how projects suck and how they result in The Inverse Boy Scout Rule – they leave the product in worse condition than they found it in.But it wasn’t until I heard Mik Kersten‘s talk on DOES 2020 and read his book that I really understood the reasoning behind it. Mik has a lot of experience in delivering software as well as in leadership positions. Precisely this experience made him realize that there’s something wrong with the way we deliver software. Local optimizations and the lack of end-to-end value stream visibility caused many successful organizations to go under. Pair that with a traditional (but still present) mindset that IT is a cost center, and you are truly set for a disaster in today’s economy.I spoke with Mik about problems in software delivery today and the disconnect between the Business and the IT that many organizations experience.Subscribe to 0800-DEVOPS newsletter here.Show notes:This interview is featured in 0800-DEVOPS #18 - Mik Kersten, Project to Product and a handful of good virtual conferences.


28 Mar 2021

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The Flow Framework with Dr. Mik Kersten

Software Delivery in Small Batches

Adam welcomes Dr. Mik Kersten to the show. Dr. Mik Kersten is the author of the best selling book "Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework". This is a follow up to the earlier "Four Types of Work" episode.Adam & Mik cover the Flow Framework's origin story, the relation between The Flow Framework and DevOps, the importance of structure & dynamics, and why organizing for fast flow is the prime directive.Freebies Free DevOps Course Project to Product Email Course The Toyota Kata Pocket Guide War & Peace & IT Pocket Guide Adam Hawkins' Links Twitter LinkedIn Small Batches #9: The Four Types of Work The Flow Framework Mik Kersten's Links Twitter LinkedIn Mik Plus One Podcast Project to Product Book How Value Stream Networks Will Transform IT & Business (Presented at DOES18) Get InvolvedFollow @smallbatchesfm on Twitter and tweet me with your comments. Want a topic covered on the show? Then call +1-833-933-1912 and leave your request in a voice mail. Preference goes to to listener requests.Support the Show!Tell me about you in the listener survey! Rate this show on iTunes. Share this episode with your friends and colleagues. Feedback is love, so send some my way.


26 Oct 2020

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Finding Flow in Software Development with Mik Kersten

Innovation and the Digital Enterprise

Burnout can cripple any organization and for many technology firms, it’s the standard by which business is conducted. Dr. Mik Kersten believes that the key to happy software engineers (and the executives that manage them) is to create flow using a framework.Mik joins Patrick and Shelli for a discussion on flow diagnostics, how teams respond to being measured, and why it’s important to understand people’s energies. Listen for his thoughts on flow framework and pick up his book Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework, to learn more.(01:47) - Tasktop in a nutshell(04:00) - Measuring the flow of value(09:10) - Team measurement(16:29) - Elastic capacity of human ability(22:59) - Happiness and trust metrics(25:32) - Hand-offs and dependencies(28:10) - Making the case with data(31:40) - Heightened uncertainty(35:51) - Project to ProductDr. Mik Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies, creator and leader of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project, and inventor of the task-focused interface. As a research scientist at Xerox PARC, Mik implemented the first aspect-oriented programming tools for AspectJ. In 2018, Mik launched his book, Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework, with concepts to help drive software at the pace of an organization's business.Mik has been an Eclipse committer since 2002, is an elected member of the Eclipse Board of Directors and serves on the Eclipse Architecture and Planning councils. Mik's thought leadership on task-focused collaboration makes him a popular speaker at software conferences, and he was voted a JavaOne Rock Star speaker in 2008 and 2009. Mik enjoys building tools that offload our brains and make it easier to get creative work done.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to Innovation and the Digital Enterprise in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.Podcast episode production by Dante32.


10 Sep 2020

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Project to Product with Mik Kersten

The Peaky Agilist Podcast - Agile, Business Agility, Servant Leadership, Coaching, Visual Thinking

In this episode Paddy talks to Mik Kersten the author of the best seller, Project to Product, introducing the Flow Framework, with concepts to help drive software at the pace of organization's business. Mik speaks about his recommendations on Flow metrics, team structures, what is beyond Agile, and  many more insights. Dr. Mik Kersten spent a decade creating open source developer tools before realizing that programing was not the bottleneck of large-scale software delivery. Since that time, he has been working on creating a model and tools for connecting the end-to-end software value stream. He has been named a JavaOne Rock Star speaker, one of the IBM developerWorks Java top 10 writers of the decade, selected as one of the 2012 Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 and has been a World Technology Awards finalist in the IT Software category. Prior to founding Tasktop, Mik created the Eclipse Mylyn open source project as part of his PhD in Computer Science, pioneering the integration of development tools with the delivery pipeline. Contact Paddy Dhanda: Newsletter: https://www.paddydhanda.com/subscribe-to-newsletter/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuSO1IGfgqIpZFCPXtQVMwg/featured LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pardeep-aka-paddy-dhanda-24883017/ Coaches Corner Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/TheCoachesCorner/ Visual Jam Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/TheVisualJam/


29 Aug 2020

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Project to Product Author Mik Kersten

Technovation with Peter High (CIO, CTO, CDO, CXO Interviews)

In this interview, we discuss Insight from Mik’s book, Project to Product The IT productivity discrepancies between digitally native organizations and legacy enterprises  The economic impact of technological revolutions,  The value of product orientation over project orientation Why IT must measure the value they create and not simply if they deliver on time and on budget  The importance and shortcomings of traditional project management What legacy enterprises can learn from both startups and tech giants Among other topics


18 Jun 2020

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Episode 9: Mik Kersten + Jon Smart

Mik + One

Recorded at the annual 2019 SEACON Conference in London, today Mik’s plus one is Jon Smart, Partner, Business Agility at Deloitte.In this episode of Mik + One, Mik and Jon discuss:- The value and importance of focusing on “Better Value, Sooner, Safer, Happier” and why Agile is no longer the answer- The importance of senior leaders implementing a mindset shift and focusing on outcomes instead of output- Why leaders should be looking at the end-to-end flow, how it impacts business results and the need to identify what they are optimizing for and what they want to optimize for- Employee incentivisation and implementing recognition and rewards for motivating teams – not individuals – to reduce silos across the value stream- The introduction of Flow Metrics on the product value streamSubscribe to the Mik + One podcast today so you never miss an episode and don’t forget to leave your review.Follow Mik on Twitter: @mik_kersten #MikPlusOnewww.tasktop.comFor more information about Jon Smart, visit: https://projecttoproduct.org/podcast/jon-smart/


25 May 2020

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Project to Product with Mik Kersten

Troubleshooting Agile

Once again we speak with a fellow author - Mik Kersten. His book Project to Product explains, among many other things, why you shouldn't assign developers to more than one value stream—and what a value stream is, anyway!SHOW LINKS:- Mik Kersten: https://projecttoproduct.org- Project to Product: https://projecttoproduct.org/about-the-book/- IT Revolution discount on 11 May 2020: https://twitter.com/ITRevBooks***
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11 May 2020