AgileByExample 2017

Marcus Hammarberg

I live in Indonesia for three years (2014-2016) working for the Salvation Army there. Me and my wife are working with the 6 hospitals that the Salvation Army have, trying to help them to become more effective in their medical and spiritual ministry.

Back home in Sweden I work for Aptitud – the best consultancy in Sweden! I am an agile coach working right between the business and IT if I get to choose. My motto is: Getting agile to work, which makes me focus on pragmatic solutions rather than theory.

Although I’ve become a process guy I’m still interested in code and the craft around software development, in all the stages of the development cycle.

How Kanban Saved a hospital in Indonesia

The last 2 years of my life I have worked with hospitals in Indonesia. That's pretty strange territory for an IT-consultant and I was worried how my experiences with kanban, lean and agile could be used in this setting. Would it be applicable and useful?
Through the unfortunate opportunity of a disaster (the roof of a hospital fell in) I soon got chance to flex all of my knowledge to save the hospital.
In this talk I will describe how the basic ideas, principles and techniques of Kanban, Lean and Agile helped us to save a hospital from bankruptcy. Twice.
In just 1,5 years the hospital kanban and lean principles guides us from being virtually bankrupt to not only making money everyday on average, but also adopted a hypothesis driven business management.
Using these principles and ideas in a total different setting I gained a much deeper understanding of them, and also needed to find other ways to describe and apply the practices I've taken for granted in "our" culture and setting.