Catalyzing Lean - Building a Limited WIP Society in your Organization

(Keynote, 60 min) [ Video , iPhone/iPod/Apple TV video , Slides ]

Author(s): David Anderson
Session: Keynote by David Anderson: Catalyzing Lean - Building a Limited WIP Society in Your Organization
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Date: Thursday, 3 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 08:30-10:00
For at least a decade the agile community has understood that there was value in Lean Thinking and that methods such as Extreme Programming could be interpreted and explained using Lean concepts. However, institutionalized adoption of Lean, with its culture of continuous improvement ("kaizen"), has been slow. There is no recognized Lean software development lifecycle or project management methodology in common use today. The Lean idea of flow is widely accepted but the tools and techniques required to manage and optimize it have gained little traction, until recently. The introduction of kanban systems that visualize work and specifically limit the quantity of work-in-progress (WIP) have generated a significant improvement in the adoption of Lean concepts, techniques and tools. This growth is rapid and global and echoes the growth rate of XP almost a decade earlier. Unlike XP adoption is happening in a wide range of businesses from conservative Northern European insurance firms that failed to embrace agile methods, to startups in emerging markets such as Cambodia. This talk, citing real examples from around the World, will look at why and how choosing to limit WIP can create a cultural evolution within your organization that will lead to a leaner future.
David J. Anderson, leads a management consulting firm focused on improving performance of technology companies. He has been in software development for 26 years and has managed teams on agile software development projects at Sprint, Motorola, Microsoft and Corbis. David is credited with the first implementation of a kanban process for software development in 2005. David was a founder of the agile movement through his involvement in the creation of Feature Driven Development. He was also a founder of the APLN, a founding signatory of the Declaration of Interdependence, and a founding member of the Lean Software and Systems Consortium. He moderates several online communities for lean/agile development. He is the author of the book "Agile Management for Software Engineering - Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results". Most recently, David has been focused on creating a synergy of the CMMI model for organizational maturity with Agile and Lean methods through projects with Microsoft and the SEI. He is based in Seattle, Washington

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