He’s coming… win a FREE ticket

Yet another international thought leader lined-up for you! Don’t ask us how we got him on the program, but we did! But we’re not revealing his identity, not yet, that would be too easy! So here’s the deal. Do you see the picture below? That’s our clue, each of the images below are in some way related to our upcoming speaker. If you can guess who’s going to be next in our In the brain of series you can win a free seat to this 1-day mind-blowing workshop. Yay!

So how does this work?

Let me explain:

  • Study the images very carefully, there are plenty of clues hidden inside each of them
  • Submit your answer / wild guess below (comments), but wait it’s not that simple
  • You also need to explain how the images relate to the speaker
  • Contest will be closed on October 1st
  • We’ll pick a winner that guessed the speaker AND that has the best explanation for the picture above

That’s it! Good luck!

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44 Comments on “He’s coming… win a FREE ticket”

  1. Cliff Depreytere
    September 23, 2011 at 10:07 #

    Picture 1> Tractor Pulling could lead to to the pull mechanism which could refer to KANBAN
    Picture 2> The bookshelf could lead to the 4m high bookshelf Jurgen Appelo has / see also noop.nl website
    Picture 3> Traffic Jam. Jurgen Appelo lives in Brussels or Rotterdam. self explanatory if it comes to traffic jams over there
    Picture 4> DNA could refer to ‘complexity’ which is handled in the management 3.0 book
    Picture 5> American Football Team probably refers to SCRUM
    Picture 6> Cleaning Waste. Maybe it refers to an article Jurgen wrote about tracking the minutes he spends on administration. He refers to it as waste….

    So my guess for now is… Jurgen Appelo

  2. September 23, 2011 at 14:24 #

    Hi Cliff,

    nice try but your mistaken 🙂
    the person we’re looking for does not live in the Netherlands, nor Belgium for that matter

  3. Cliff Depreytere
    September 26, 2011 at 09:51 #

    Tried to figure this out once more but i’m quite stuck on it 🙂

  4. September 26, 2011 at 13:30 #

    I think Dave Gray, but I have no clue why… the images don’t say anything to me, but when I read this : “1-day mind-blowing workshop”, I think of him :-).

  5. Cliff Depreytere
    September 26, 2011 at 14:22 #

    My guess on monday … Alan Shalloway ….

  6. Kitty Iding
    September 26, 2011 at 18:39 #

    My guess is David Anderson, cause using Pull seems evident for the Kanban system, a succesfull sales of his books (and reading lots probably), rainy wheather in the Seattle area, the DNA string might have to do with his initials, picture of Scrum indeed and finally elimination of waste of course.

    • September 26, 2011 at 18:50 #

      Nice try Kitty but wrong, wrong and wrong 🙂
      Does anyone know which football team is presented?
      Perhaps an additional hint … he’s not a Scrum evangelist, so those you can already cancel out. And don’t forget our * In the brain of * speakers attract a wide audience 😉

  7. Lilian
    September 26, 2011 at 18:58 #

    are these the michigan wolverines?

  8. Lilian
    September 26, 2011 at 19:02 #

    Ron Jeffries?

  9. Lilian
    September 26, 2011 at 19:10 #

    i am already proud of guessing the football team 🙂

    • September 26, 2011 at 19:15 #

      I admit … that actually scared me a bit!
      Must have triggered your dark side 😀

      • Lilian
        September 26, 2011 at 19:39 #

        no comment 🙂

        is the hint in the wolverine or the michigan part?

  10. Yuval Yeret
    September 26, 2011 at 19:38 #

    Mike rother of toyota kata?
    He is from university of Michigan
    Pull is key to Lean and to the kata
    Kata is about creating the right organiZational DNA
    Waste dump – waste removal is part of how u get to the vision of fast one piece flow using the improvement kata
    Coach of football team – relates to the coaching kata
    Bookshelf – he wrote several books?

  11. Cliff Depreytere
    September 26, 2011 at 20:23 #

    Common i’m going for another one… What about Ken Schwaber ? 🙂

  12. Lilian
    September 26, 2011 at 20:42 #

    steven j spear
    from michigan
    wrote Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System
    pull and waste are clear
    just wrote a new book hence the book case

    the rainy highway i can’t explain

  13. Cliff Depreytere
    September 26, 2011 at 20:47 #

    Maybe another try… James P. Womack

  14. September 26, 2011 at 21:01 #

    What a great idea. You guys are too cool. – Mike

    • September 27, 2011 at 07:42 #

      Let’s just all agree we want Mike Rother on our ** In the brain of ** program. But perhaps he’s already on my list but he just doesn’t even know about it … me and my little secrets 😉

  15. Yuval yeret
    September 27, 2011 at 03:45 #

    Maybe John shook?
    Again Michigan connection
    Lean clear
    Maybe windshield is of an A3 car or learning to see ?

  16. Cliff Depreytere
    September 27, 2011 at 18:31 #

    Common some wild guess… Maybe it’s Larry Page

  17. Cliff Depreytere
    September 28, 2011 at 18:50 #

    Steve Hoeft maybe ? 🙂

  18. September 28, 2011 at 19:20 #

    My wild guess: it’s James Watson. Once heard a podcast with the man. I was impressed.

  19. September 30, 2011 at 18:50 #

    Save Snowden

    • September 30, 2011 at 18:50 #

      I meant Dave Snowden

      • October 1, 2011 at 08:28 #

        He’s on the list but not for November 🙂
        Want to give it another try?

  20. ketiljensen
    September 30, 2011 at 19:38 #

    My guess is Jeffrey Liker.

    Jeffrey Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan (Picture of Michigan Wolverines).

    He has written 8 books (at lease) and authored or co-authored 70+ articles (picture of bookshelf).

    There are pictures of symbolizing Pull (key in Lean) and waste (Muda). These pictures may refer to principle 3 in his 14 principles of the Toyota Way : Use “pull” systems to avoid overproduction.

    The picture of cars -> Toyota! He has written multiple books about Toyota (8?)

    Fourth picture, not quite sure. Could be related to the fact that he is Director and founder of Value Chain Analysis (VCAP) at the University of Michigan. Just guessing there.

    • October 1, 2011 at 08:39 #

      It’s getting warm but still picture number 4 is missing …

  21. bArt
    September 30, 2011 at 19:53 #

    Co-authors of book about lean (no waste), agile, large scale (team) dev w/ scrum (pull): Craig Larman OR Bas Vodde.
    Bas Rodde is my favourite for this one, so I hope you can lure him out of Singapore (Getting someone from Canada is far too easy 🙂
    And besides, I still have to read my Toyota Liker books first.

    • October 1, 2011 at 08:34 #

      As you’ll see in previous posts it’s beyond and way before the era of Scrum. Perhaps the bookshelf not only represents he being an author put perhaps also the number of books?

  22. September 30, 2011 at 19:54 #

    Eric Ries, author of the Lean Startup ?
    1) Use a Pull model to experiment with new products / ideas.
    2) Validated/Continuous Learning
    3) Vision, going forward with fuzzy view
    4) All these principles should be in the DNA of your company
    5) Entrepreneurship is Management / Leading
    6) Reduce waste

    • October 1, 2011 at 08:31 #

      Eric is from the new generation of Lean thinkers, we’re looking for a more senior thought leader with a long history in ….

  23. October 1, 2011 at 08:37 #

    What about picture number 4?
    How would a DNA string relate to the speaker?
    It’s often used in the same context as his books…

  24. Cliff Depreytere
    October 1, 2011 at 09:21 #

    clayton Christensen

  25. bArt
    October 1, 2011 at 12:25 #

    Maarten
    Dankjewel om Luke Hohmann uit te nodigen
    En dankjewel dat ik dat gratis mag bijwonen. :p

    1. Innovation pull (ipv push) ~ pull
    2. Auteur van zeker 3 boeken & man achter Innovation Games® ~ books
    3. Bezig met AI & data-structuren ~ queue
    4. Knowledge-Based Economy: vaak voorgesteld met een Triple Helix ~ helix
    5. Ingenieur van Univ van Michigan (~ Wolverines) & ook bezig met organisatie/groeps-psy ~ Am. football
    6. Innovation games inzetten voor maatschappelijke problemen, zoals afval ~ waste 

  26. October 1, 2011 at 18:38 #

    Alright, will extend the contest until October 5th since Lean & Kanban 2011 Benelux is keeping me busy until then. So last chance to come up with a better answer, or perhaps it’s already in there? Have fun!

  27. October 1, 2011 at 19:26 #

    I agree with ketiljensen

    My guess is Jeffrey Liker as well, for all the reasons above.

    – he dates back before the scrum area
    – DNA = in the book “Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toy…”, he has a chapter called the DNA of Toyota lies in it’s culture.

  28. October 10, 2011 at 08:08 #

    Will be announcing the winner tomorrow…

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