Webinar Recording: Using Lean Thinking to Align People, Processes, and Practices

November 13, 2007 — Posted by Jim Trott

While I usually don't use the blog for cross-promotion, this webinar is probably something you want to listen to if you are at all interested in Lean Software Development. This is the basic 60 minute seminar that Alan Shalloway gives all around the country on Lean Thinking. Definitely worth a listen. Find it at www.netobjectives.com/webinars/aligning-with-lean

This webinar is available to all registered users of the website until December 9, 2007 and then to Net Objectives customers after that.

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I think you will enjoy this show

 

The operational structure of many organizations fails to support their software development teams. Continuously creating and reforming teams, isolating development from the organization, lack of participation by customers, and rapid task switching cause huge amounts of waste in development. Although agile development practices have made great strides in the last ten years, they have largely ignored the issue of the structure of the organization. “Lean Thinking” is the shorthand phrase for the paradigm, thought processes, and principles that Toyota follows in producing high quality cars at low cost—with a faster development cycle than their competitors. Software development is not exactly like manufacturing, but the principles of Lean Thinking—optimizing the whole, eliminating waste, and respecting people—apply equally well to software development. Alan Shalloway illustrates how the principles and tools of Lean Thinking can be used both inside and outside your team. Teams can use Lean to focus on quickly creating business value in a sustainable process. Organizations can use Lean Thinking to restructure themselves to ensure that software development teams operate efficiently.

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About the author | Jim Trott

Jim Trott is a senior consultant for Net Objectives. He has used object-oriented and pattern-based analysis techniques throughout his 20 year career in knowledge management and knowledge engineering. He is the co-author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design, Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, and the Lean-Agile Pocket Guide for Scrum Teams.



        

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