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Dumpster Diving - The Lean Art of finding waste in IT process

In this meeting Andrea Ross will present “Dumpster Diving – The Lean Art of Finding Waste in IT.”

The definition of Lean IT is to “Maximize Customer Value by Eliminating Waste”.  Waste, being non value added work.  But what does ‘Waste’ look like in IT?

We will explore the 7 types of waste as defined in ‘Lean Thinking’ and see how they can manifest in IT process.  This can be used as a powerful framework for our regular practice of “Inspect and Adapt” in order to produce continuous, incremental, evolutionary IT process improvement.

A gold mine of improvement can be found by identifying and eliminating non-value adding activity (Waste). The first step toward eliminating waste is to recognize it when we see it. In this presentation we learn how to recognize it.

Anyone can benefit from looking at the IT delivery stream from this perspective, so bring your 'Agile Curious' friends and they will certainly find value as well!

We will play some “Innovation Games” as a fun, experiential way to drive home some of the learning objectives of the evening.


Andrea Ross is a leader in the Richmond and Charlottesville Lean/Agile community, founding the Capital Kanban local interest group, and leading the Agile Charlottesville local interest group. 

She brings over 25 years of IT experience including development, business/systems analysis, project management, Kanban implementation, coaching and business process re-engineering. 

Andrea is passionate about helping business customers leverage IT to achieve the greatest value and has found that using Lean/Agile methods are the most effective.  She currently works as a Business Systems Analyst with the Virginia Department of Corrections and was recently named the Featured Business Analyst by the Central Virginia International Institute of Business Analysis. She actively pursues her interest in Lean Government.

Specialties: Kanban/Scrum, IT Process Improvement, Business Process Improvement, Business Analysis, Systems Thinking, Lean government.

Favorite Quote: “A problem well stated is half solved.”  Charles Kettering – Head of research for G.M.


We thank our friends at Inova Solutions for once again hosting our meeting!


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  • Susan B.

    I enjoyed the presentation and hope to apply the concepts to my project.

    November 20, 2013

  • Jody J.

    Very interesting.

    November 18, 2013

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