Mirette Kangas


Mirette Kangas (Head of Lean-Agile Development YLE) report on her experience of Enterprise Lean and Agile transformations at the Finnish Broadcasting Company. (YLE). When the transformation extends beyond the digital business to the journalistic, entertainment, and creative production sides of the house she realized it’s up to YLE to create agile benchmarks in these areas … “We have travelled a long way, and we’re still at the beginning of our transformation story.”


Going where no-one has gone before

35' Talk

Yle (Finnish Broadcasting Company) is the pioneer in digital transformation and one of the leading public service media companies in Europe. We are public funded and share the experiences and knowledge we have within industries. Two years ago Yle received “The Best Lean Performance of the Year” award in Finland. What we have achieved in Lean-Agile is now one of the top benchmarks as well in Finnish corporates as in European Broadcast Union (EBU).

We have travelled a long way but we are still at the beginning of our transformation story. The transformation in Yle started from the development of digital services. In that area, there were plenty of benchmarks to draw upon, even when this transformation work started ten years ago. Even at the company strategy and portfolio levels, there were benchmarks in software development to draw influences from.

Currently, our Lean Agile Culture Accelerator´s evolutionary purpose is to ensure Yle´s competitive advantage through the Lean culture adaptation in creative and knowledge work. Toward that goal, we have focused in other areas than the development of digital services: creating creative cross/transmedia content, modern journalism (both broadcast and online) and all the disciplines related to these including creative concepting, production, shooting, arranging sets, producing graphics, etc.

Working to transform this work at Yle to the Lean Culture with the people responsible for this work, we have often faced this question: “where are the benchmarks for an agile way of doing this?” This being journalistic work in news desks, creative transmedia productions, strategic prioritization of company key product portfolio etc.bAfter reaching out in our networks and making visits to several companies world-wide, we have come to the conclusion that it is us at Yle who have the task to create benchmarks in these areas.

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