The Seven Wastes: Can you get a little Leaner?

The Seven Wastes: Can you get a little Leaner?

 Exercise more and eat less? That's not what I mean!  Let's look at the Lean ideas around Waste, and see where those ideas might help to improve your agility.  I'll run through a short presentation that will give you a clear idea of what waste looks like in software development, where the ideas come from, and start you thinking about how you might use them.  Then we'll have an exercise to help you identify where waste might be lurking in your development world, and brainstorm what you could do about it.  This will give you something you can apply right away back at work.  Sound good?  Great, come along"


6:30 - 6:45 Mingle and food

6:45 - 6:50 Welcome

6:50 - 8:00 The Seven Wastes: A workshop on worthless work! (by Andrew Webster)

8:00 - 8:30 Discussion

Andrew Webster has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, and the US.  He code code from 1998 until 2010, from 2004 almost all projects were Agile. Finally certified as a ScrumMaster in 2010 to make it offical, he's worked since then on process, teams, methodology, and coaching ever since.  Over his whole career, about 60 engagements, around two thirds were Agile, one third not.  He's very clear that Agility works incredibly well, when done well.  Now a SolutionsIQ Agile Coach, he's currently part of a large Agile Transformation team working in San Jose, and loves his job.  He blogs in fits and starts at 

Succeedable – Using agility to achieve.

Happily married, the rest of his waking hours are spent with his wife, or obsessing over Victorian houses, or making cast-iron sculpture, or reading piles of pulp fiction.  He really should get a dog.

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  • Allan T.

    I liked the "Selling agile to beancounters" sidebar

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Andrew W.

      That may well morph into a presentation of its own, but I rather like sneaking it in during the meeting after the meeting.

      April 24, 2014

  • Andrew W.

    I didn't get to talk to everyone but if you'd like to stay in touch, find me on LinkedIn. Thanks everyone for a great evening.

    April 16, 2014

  • carlos r.

    Sorry folks, love to be there today but just got side tracked. Will attend next meet

    April 16, 2014

  • Bonna C.

    Hi all -

    I'm seeing bunch of new comers this month, so wanted to let you know the secret code to get in the ThoughtWorks office!

    STEP 1. Press the 'Down arrow' button for the first elevator on your right when you walk inside of the building. This is the only elevator that goes up to 16th floor. And it will only come to get you if you say you want to go downstairs!

    STEP 2. Press 'Cancel' and then press '16' once you are on the elevator. Erm, I really don't want know the philosophy behind this, but trust me, that's only way it'd accept '16' floor as your stop!

    Look forward to meeting everyone later today! ;)

    1 · April 16, 2014

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