Dennis Stevens

Shifting to Kanban: BeamTeam Case Study

Companies need a sustainable model for leading continuous change – yet most leadership teams are too busy running the business to effectively lead change. Many transformation efforts fail due to false starts, organizational resistance, and a lack of effective governance. We will explore a strategic change project management model that has repeatedly resulted in successful ongoing change initiatives. The model draws on Agile and Lean principles and techniques to lead change initiatives in a way that is simple, provides focus and transparency, and builds trust.

This project used A3’s to help decide what to do and what not to do and Kanban to manage the work so they could stay focused on it.


Dennis Stevens has been helping organizations improve economic outcomes through improved technology alignment and software development since the mid-1980’s. Starting in 2000 he has been focused on developing business analysis and project management methods that leverage the incremental and iterative cadence of Lean and Agile delivery. His approach to capability analysis was the basis for Microsoft’s Business Architecture methodology, was published in Harvard Business Review in June 2008, and has contributed to improved performance in dozens of projects delivering over $200 million in value. Dennis has been certified as a Project Management Professional, in Lean Value Stream mapping, as an OPM3 Certified Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Dennis originally attended Florida State University on a violin scholarship and eventually earned his degree in Organizational Psychology and Development. He served as a US Marine during Desert Storm and earned a Naval Commendation Medal during Operation Fiery Vigil in the Philippines.

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