Interview with Dimitar Karaivanov

Interview with Dimitar Karaivanov

Q. Could you briefly introduce yourself?

CEO and co-founder Kanbanize. Portfolio and Scaled Kanban enthusiast, passionate about efficiency at scale and hard rock.

Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?

We see how the agile frameworks rule the space and many people are deceived into adopting them by the book. I believe that each team and company should discover their own framework and continuously develop it. I will share how we discovered ours and why it’s so effective.

Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session?

Realizing that there are no quick wins and that agility is achieved through hard work. Also, seeing a very interesting approach to scaling agility through hierarchical use of Kanban boards (from the team to the CEO).

Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organisations that are transitioning to agile?

Do not adopt frameworks by the book, or if you do, let that be a temporary solution. The ultimate goal is to create your own framework tailored to your context and needs.

Q: How do you see the evolution of agile in the future?

It’s more and more being recognized as a competitive advantage. Many companies are becoming strategic about agile, realizing that otherwise they will not survive. This will lead to the expansion of the agile and lean principles way beyond engineering.

Q: You have given many interviews/presentations about agile. Is there a question you wish to have been asked but no one ever asked you?

Not really 🙂

Nikos Batsios