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About kenjihiranabe

CEO of Change Vision, Inc., an ISV of Astah, an Agile modeling tool, based in Tokyo Japan. Recent articles includes "Kanban Applied to Software Development: from Agile to Lean". Co-translated several Agile books into Japanese including: "Lean Software Development," "XP Installed", "Agile Project Management." 2008 Gordon Pask Award recipient for contributions to Agile practice.

What is GSN and What it’s for?

GSN stands for “Goal Structuring Notation” and it visualizes an argument structure that supports a claim to be true. In the industry in which safety assurance is critical, standards such as ISO61508(general), ISO26262(automotive), DO-178B(airplane), etc require documentation of “Safety Cases”, and … Continue reading

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Thank you AgileRoots 2014

I attended Agile Roots 2014 in Salt Lake City held on June 19-20, which turned out to be a wonderful as well as very special conference to me. I was so humbled to be able to do the keynote there to … Continue reading

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Kenji Keynotes at AgileRoots

On June 19 in Salt Lake City, I’ll take part in Agile Roots 2014 and it is quite a honor for me to do the opening keynote. I was asked to come by Kay Johansen (@utahkay), who has been a … Continue reading

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New Year Resolution and Japanese Calligraphy

On Jan.6, we held a small party as a start of the year 2014 at Change Vision, Fukui office. Doing Calligraphy for new year resolution is our tradition. Do you want to know what each piece means? “喜” — Joy … Continue reading

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Change Vision Visited Oracle

Yesterday (Jan.21,2014) I visited Oracle at CVC (Customer Visit Center) to learn the future of JavaFX. We have been developing Astah as a desktop application of Swing for the past 10+ years. Now we have a good customer base in Japan, Brazil, … Continue reading

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Astah GSN demo at OMG Santa Clara

Toshi (tech. lead of Astah) and I are now at the OMG meeting in Santa Clara this week. Yesterday (Dec.12), we hold a joint meeting with; SysA(Systems Assurance Task Force) ADTF(Analysis and Design Task Force) SE DSIG(Systems Engineering Domain Special Interest Group). And … Continue reading

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Talked at SAP Montreal on Scrum and Design Thinking

On Oct.2, I visited SAP Canada in Montreal, and did a talk about “Creating Knowledge with Users”, which discusses Scrum, Design Thinking, and Mindmapping to show the importance of sharing experience with users to create new ideas. Creating Knowledge with Users … Continue reading

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Thank you PHP Quebec for hosting my “Agile and Modeling” Talk

Yesterday, I was invited to PHP Quebec in Montreal, by Anna Filina and talked about “Agile In the Agile Age”. Modeling in the Agile Age from Kenji Hiranabe I wanted to say that Agile is not about making crappy code … Continue reading

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Sushi Taxonomy by UML

I want to share my analysis of the “Sushi” domain. Sushi is constructed by Neta, Rice and sometimes Nori. There are several categories of Sushi called, “Shiromi(White fish)”, “Hikarimono(Gleaming fish)”, and Gunkan. You eat Sushi with Sake or Agari(tea), Gari, … Continue reading

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Mapping Mapping!

I was recently introduced to Gojko Adzic’s “Impact Mapping” by Tom Poppendieck during Agile India 2013, and impressed by the business goal capturing method as well as how he used mindmapping technique in his method. I myself have been using … Continue reading

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