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ACE (@AgileEx) Finding waste in your system with a Lean Lens

Finding waste in your system with a Lean Lens

This session suggests a different way to illustrate Agile benefits to your stakeholders, based on improving the overall system by first seeing and then removing waste.

Using a new team simulation that immerses you in a typical system and highlights the 7 (or more?) types of software waste. Expect some good discussion about definitions of waste and which roles or organisational habits create waste.

This session takes us back to our ‘Lean roots’ and provides perspective that gets beyond the typical process discussion with stakeholders and into a key business benefit that they can relate to.

About The Presenters

Bazil Arden of RippleRock

Bazil has worked with clients in a number of sectors, ranging from oil exploration, to banking and retail. Bazil has a broad business background including marketing at Unilever, running a successful web-based applications company in San Francisco and experience in organisational change management. An experienced consultant, focusing on the end-to-end implementation of Agile at an organisational level, guided by Lean principles. Bazil has helped clients to understand and exploit the broader business context of their software development challenges. Bazil has coached over 20 teams in 7 different countries and therefore has a clear appreciation of the cultural aspects of Agile adoption.


Andrea Darabos Director of Lean Advantage. 

Andrea Darabos is a Lean Agile Practitioner having spent 7 years at Ericsson and other multinational companies deploying these methods in R&D, Business and Manufacturing to effect business transformations and a continuous improvement culture.
During her work, she found that scaling agility in teams in business silos is only half way to success. 

By creating collaboration across the end-to-end value stream and catalyzing small step improvements in these teams (via A3, PDCA, retrospectives), an organization can develop end-to-end agility and go beyond from there.


 

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  • Mark W.

    Great meetup and I'm looking forward to running the game with a group at my current client.

    July 24, 2014

    • Chris C.

      Did they go up in the end. We'd like to play the game today if possible in a SM COP?

      July 25, 2014

    • Bazil A.

      Hi Chris - they are now up.. at http://bit.ly/LeanLen...­

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • Bazil A.

    I've posted all the materials in Dropbox here http://bit.ly/LeanLens - We are keen to hear any feedback that help us to improve this.. so please email us with your thoughts.. particularly from the two who said they wanted to use it this week. Different, better scenes, are welcome - and thanks to whoever pointed out that it should be Acts:Scenes - (not Scenes:Acts) - I'm guessing that must have been quite frustrating on the night.. ! - I've now fixed it all.. Thanks again for all your participation and positive feedback

    July 25, 2014

  • Amneet S.

    First event I've been to, was great learning and interaction! Definitely plan on coming to more

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Andrea D.

    Thank you so much for the positive feedback!

    July 24, 2014

  • phil t.

    Thanks to all, I think one point that came out in the question and answer is very important. You can be lean today at the expense of tomorrow. Software is a lot about people, more so than manufacturing where there are more machines involved. So enablement activities need special attention to ensure the balance between today and tomorrow. I think slider tools showing the organisations priorities between Scope, Time, Cost and Enablement will help determine whether an activity is really waste and which waste is the most important.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Laura R.

    Andrea and Bazil's game was practical and useful - could be used with all Agile teams

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Andrea D.

    Hello all,

    the slides from yesterday:
    http://www.slideshare.net/andreadarabos79/seeing-waste-in-your-system-through-a-lean-lens-v1

    Lean Lens Game props, handouts, facilitator notes will be posted here later today.

    Bazil will engineer a Dropbox folder as an alternative source.

    Any questions/comments/feedback, let us know, we are all ears - how it goes when you start using it.

    3 · July 24, 2014

  • James E.

    great event, thanks to Bazil and Andrea...insightful as ever!

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • David L.

    Really enjoyed it, thanks

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Hossein T.

    It is always good to see issues from different angles.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Nick H.

    Excellent interactive presentation from Andrea and Bazil. ASOS is good venue but acoustics in canteen not as good as regular meeting room

    1 · July 24, 2014

    • Helen M.

      I know :( unfortunately the room was full of clothes and we take second priority x

      July 24, 2014

  • Stuart M.

    The talk was well presented and the game was thought provoking. I am going to be getting my teams to think about waste with a Lean Lens in the near future.

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Glenn

    Excellent! Fun, interactive and thought provoking.

    July 24, 2014

  • Faisal K.

    Guys, thanks for this excellent session on finding waste. Very enlightening and useful. Look forward to more sessions like this.

    2 · July 24, 2014

  • Chris C.

    Best so far. (of those I've been able to attend)

    2 · July 23, 2014

  • Andrea D.

    Thanks Helen for the opportunity to contribute, Bazil for the fun co-creation process and all of you who came and participated!
    As this was the first debut of the "Lean Lens" game, do let us know your thoughts or feedback. We will finalize materials and publish the pack here hopefully tomorrow.

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Shaun S.

    Great session from Bazel and Andrea, thank you for sharing that great exercise.

    (On lean) as well as the Poppendiecks brilliant works, it is also worth researching Dr Robert Charette who proposed Lean Development for Software in the early 90's. The principles he formulated (pre-manifesto) can be found here : http://www.itabhi.com/ld.htm

    1 · July 23, 2014

    • Andrea D.

      Hi Shaun, thanks for sharing this link. I like the 12 lean principles and the +1 : not forgetting about how lean engages all of us in change. Great stuff!

      July 23, 2014

  • David L.

    Hello. Cheeky question. Will there be food at the event? just wondering if I need to eat first.

    July 23, 2014

    • Jodi W.

      There's normally pizza and soft drinks, curtesy of the kind sponsors :)

      July 23, 2014

    • Helen M.

      Jodi is correct. RippleRock provides these

      1 · July 23, 2014

  • Jodi W.

    Really sorry... I have another event that I must attend :(

    July 22, 2014

    • Jodi W.

      If this meeting is really boring I might be able to dash over and catch the end of it if I possibly can.. just about managed it last time I had this other meeting. Would be good to see you :)

      July 23, 2014

    • Helen M.

      Can't believe you are two timing me with some other group!

      July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it this time. If you want to connect with me, please send me a private message.

    July 21, 2014

  • Helen M.

    Please update your RSVP if you are no longer or not likely to attend this event.

    July 21, 2014

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