Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) workshop cannot happen in the usual in-person format for the foreseeable future. It has to move to a virtual format.
There is an international group of participants who registered originally for the in-person ESP workshop in Toronto in May 2020. We postponed this workshop indefinitely in March 2020 after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and travel restrictions affecting many countries. After several months of adaptation to the new realities, we're ready to start in the virtual format.
You can still join this group! Please read the details carefully and find the registration widget at the bottom of this page.
We plan to restart in late July 2020 (there's some flexibility about the exact starting date - we welcome input from the new participants). Instead of five intense full days - virtual sessions no longer than 3 hours, two sessions per week, so that you can keep sustainable pace and balance ESP learning with work and life demands. These are the preferences of the current participant group.
Due to the timezone differences, the group will split into two subgroups to give everyone convenient learning time in the morning, afternoon, or evening. We're working out specific timings with the participants.
Enterprise Services Planning (ESP) is a framework of tools that leaders of 21st Century knowledge-work enterprises can apply to their strategic and capacity planning. ESP is often described as the equivalent of MRP for a professional services business. Such businesses employ many educated professionals, who think for a living, perform largely invisible work, and deliver mostly intangible products and services to customers.
Such businesses are increasingly exposed to VUCA - the conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. It is often futile, under such condition, to plan specific results, deliverables, and milestones. The VUCA reality quickly tosses such plans out of the window. Does this sound like your enterprise? ESP can help! What you can do is, plan the capacity of your services to sense, respond and deliver the right levels of service that meet customers' purpose. You can plan the mechanisms of feedback to keep your network of services balanced and capable to execute your strategy. You can plan to avoid risks your enterprise can't take and to manage the risks it chooses to take. That's what we mean by "planning."
ESP complements the delivery capabilities generated by Kanban "from the middle" and agile approaches "from the bottom up" and connects them "at the top" with the models and tools you need to manage on enterprise level.
(This is a brief overview. The detailed agenda is near the bottom of the page.)
Executive Track material plus:
Executive Track and Product Manager's Track material plus:
Alexei Zheglov - he is one of the key contributors to ESP and has more experience applying and teaching it than anyone except the ESP originator David J Anderson. Alexei is a co-author of the new business book, Fit-for-Purpose: How Modern Businesses Find, Satisfy & Keep Customers.
Participants receive standard Kanban University (KU) certificates of completion.
The ESP workshop approach is not to impart large bodies of knowledge or complicated process solutions for you to implement. Instead, we bring in stories and exercises to give you many opportunities to reflect and discover options for what you could be managing differently and better in your enterprise. As a result, you get pragmatic, actionable guidance you can implement in your organization next week.
Most likely, 2 sessions per week, starting in late July. The session length not to exceed 3 hours. Each session will likely cover approximately 2 of the 20 modules (see the ESP syllabus below).
The online participants are located in three clusters of time zones: the Americas, Europe/Africa, and Asia/Pacific. The one-schedule-fits-all approach is impractical. It will be the middle of the night somewhere, always. We plan to repeat each session twice and give people in each geographical zone convenient time in the morning or evening. We're working out the details right now.
We plan to start in late July 2020, give or take a week - coordinating with the registered participants, input from the new participants welcome.
Here's the approximate day-to-day agenda of the five days of Enterprise Services Planning workshop.
|Q1||Introductions, Overview of strategy|
|Q2||Organizational risk categorization, corporate identity, fragility, resilience, robustness, antifragility, organizational dilemma|
|Q3||Fit-for-Purpose framework: core concepts|
|Q4||Fit-for-Purpose framework: managing for F4P, F4P cards and box scores, from insights to action, integrations|
|Q5||Custom risk assessment frameworks: visualizing risks, cost of delay, sequencing|
|Q6||Custom risk assessment frameworks: design your own|
|Q7||Alignment of strategy and capability|
|Q8||Strategy review and survivability assessment|
|Executive Track ends|
|Q9||Cost of delay in depth: market payoff functions, delay cost functions, probable cost of delay in starting, urgency, optimal start date and class of service guidance|
|Q10||Real options, using options to manage under conditions of uncertainty, implications of uncertainty and options on organizational design|
|Q11||Embedded options, complex sequencing, custom risk assessment frameworks in more depth, shaping demand with policy|
|Q12||Shaping demand with capacity allocation|
|Q13||Risk hedging, dynamic WIP constraints, prioritizing market segments|
|Product Manager Track ends|
|Q15||Mathematical properties of time in process, probabilistic forecasting of deliveries and projects|
|Q16||Labour pool liquidity, system liquidity|
|Q17||Volatility, turbulence, squeezes, Fit-for-Purpose case study, scaling, contrasting approaches to managing dependencies|
|Q18||Enabling capacity planning with Kanban cadences, options for dealing with irrefutable demand|
|Q19||Dependencies: summarizing various types of dependencies and various options for managing them (learned throughout the class)|
|Q20||Dynamic capacity reservation systems|
The price of the full ESP program is $5000 (Canadian), approximately $3650 (USD) or 3250 EUR at today's exchange rates.
Participants outside Canada: your registration is not subject to Canadian sales taxes. Please select the shopping cart item with the globe icon to ensure the export sales tax rate of 0%).
Participants from within Canada: as we're based in Ontario, have have to charge you our province's HST (13%) regardless of which province or territory you're based in. This is the clarification we received independently from the CRA and our accountant.