Lean SSC 2011 Webinar Series

Series description

What does LEAN mean to you?

Lean-thinking is the combination of applying known software development principles with lean-management and lean-learning work in order to speed time-to-market while improving quality and lowering costs. It provides insights from project initiation through development, deployment and consumption by the customer (internal in IT and external in product companies). Lean focuses on helping people improve the environment and systems in which they work.

Kanban is the next generation of Agile methods, built on a lean foundation. This method is now applied to knowledge work such as software development -- domains in which "inventory" isn't visible but its effect is still felt. If your organization struggles with the inventory of unfinished work, bugs and other quality issues, while you are under pressure to deliver faster and more frequently, you may benefit from applying the Kanban method.

Kanban is based on Lean Product Development flow and provides insights into how to solve many software development challenges while being inclusive of management. It can be implemented at a pace of the development organization’s choosing. making it much more flexible than other agile systems. Kanban is meant to be adapted to the particular needs of each organization.

The webinar series

This webinar series covers topics that will be included in the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2011 in Long Beach, California. It introduces ideas like lean product development flow and kanban. The webinars will also expand on areas such as how kanban can be used to increase organizational maturity, and how executives can work with lean systems.

These webinars are presented by leaders in the field -- people you will meet at the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2011.

Webinar sessions:
Session 1: Lean Decision Making
Session 2: Introduction to Kanban
Session 3: Lean-Agile for Executives
Session 4: Intro to Lean Product Development Flow
Session 5: Lean Eye for the Systems Guy
Session 6: Kanban and CMMI

Session 1: Lean Decision Making
12:00pm-1:00pm PST. Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Presenter: David Anderson
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Lean thinking assumes it is economically better to build a culture of trust in an organization of empowered individuals to accelerate decision-making and shorten lead times than to mitigate risk with bureaucracy and delayed delivery. Understand the economic model controlling the forces of risk, uncertainty, business value, quality, cost and schedule that affect decision-making and process policy setting. This webinar will show how lean thinking can translate into process and policy decisions more closely aligned with business goals.

Session 2: Introduction to Kanban
Given 12:00pm-1:00pm PST. Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Presenter: Janice Linden-Reed
Session 2 Recording
Kanban has been called a set of tools by many people. Kanban, however, is much more than that. Kanban is more a mindset and approach than the tools it is known for such as limiting WIP, explicit policies and including management. This webinar is a brief introduction to the lean-thinking behind the Kanban practices.

Session 3: Lean-Agile For Executives
Given 12:00pm-1:00pm PST. Wednesday, February 16, 2011Note: earlier date
Presenter: Alan Shalloway
Session 3 Recording
The webinar is catered for top management either in preparation for transitioning their organization to Lean-Agile methods or just to learn more about Lean Software Development. It reviews the basics of Lean Software Development by presenting an integration of several different Lean viewpoints. It covers principles of Lean Software Development principles and a brief overview of Agile methods.

Session 4: Intro to Lean Product Development Flow
Given 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT. Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Presenter: Yuval Yeret
Session 4 Recording
An introduction to a key methodology which allows Lean to connect Agile practices with delivery of business value to achieve end-to-end agility throughout the business. This is essential with scaling of teams and enabling an Enterprise wide transition to Agile that can overcome many of the problems faced by teams attempting a bottom up approach.

Session 5: Lean Eye for the Systems Guy
Given 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT. Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Presenter: Richard Turner
Session 5 Recording
This webinar describes how the fundamental principles of Agile and Lean support Systems Engineering. It shows how this combination can "super-charge" your Lean efforts and make your programs successful even in highly-challenging situations and with very-demanding customers.

Session 6: Kanban and CMMI
Given 12:00pm-1:00pm PDT. Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Presenter: Hillel Glazer
Session 6 Recording
Agile development methods and CMMI (Capability Maturity Mode® Integration) best practices are often perceived to be at odds with each other. This webinar clarifies why the discord need not exist and proposes that CMMI and Agile champions work toward deriving benefit from using both and exploit synergies that have the potential to dramatically improve business performance.