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Lean Software Development: Kanban and Beyond
Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
Whether you’re a lean startup or a 35 year old firm, you still need to deliver product. This course takes Lean Startup, Kanban, and Personal Kanban theories as its base, then explores deeper concepts from Lean combined with other schools of thought (such as cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, organizational science) to create a system of planning, building, experimentation, and action.
During the morning lecture, we will discuss the Why and How of Lean software development: Why do we do this? How do we alter our processes to suit context? How can we pivot effectively? What tools are available to a modern Lean software enterprise?
In the afternoon workshop, we take the morning’s Whys and Hows along with the tools discussed and apply them to attendees’ current problems. Rather than simply running through a series of canned classroom exercises, this real-world application allows attendees to work on problems of substance.
What You Will Learn:
- Intro to kanban for software (how and why)
- Intro to Personal Kanban for individuals and teams (how and why)
- Intro to Controlled Experiments using A3 (how and why)
- Kaizen: Lean Standup Meetings, Retrospectives, and Clarity
- Deming's System of Profound Knowledge
- Communication: IntraDevelopment, ExtraDevelopment
- Helper Apps for A3: Petri Nets, 5 Whys, Lean Coffee)
Jim is a pioneer in the use of kanban for software developement and the creator of “Personal Kanban,” a lean process used to manage knowledge workers. Knowledge work is a fundamentally tricky type of work to gain focus around, as those engaged in this type of work are by nature inventive. Invention and innovation are unpredictable, and related tasks are often amorphous. For the past two decades Jim Benson has uncovered ways for individuals and groups to communicate, collaborate, and find clarity in unpredictable and amorphous environments.
He is also the CEO of Modus Cooperandi, a company focusing on collaborative management. He has implemented cultures of continuous improvement within his own companies and for clients. These cultures actively seek out opportunities to improve job satisfaction and/or performance. Since starting Modus, Jim has helped clients as diverse as The World Bank, The United Nations, NBC Universal, The Library Corporation, and Comcast find collaborative solutions, identify and implement improvements, and create more innovative cultures.