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!
Andrew Webster was born in the UK, moved to Australia in 2000, where he certified as an MCSD, and had his agile "aha!" moment in 2004 at a transformational presentation given by a Microsoft Agile Evangelist. For the next five years he applied agile ideas in all sizes of teams to great effect. Some of his code for a huge pollutant emissions estimation project was adopted by New South Wales Government as their code standard, and the last project he ran for Queensland Transport came in on time, better than specification and $9 over budget because he parked in the wrong deck on the last day!
The love of a good woman brought him to the US 2009, initially to Alabama, where he developed a deep understanding of how organizational culture governs methodology. Using Agility-by-stealth, he helped a bank's data warehouse reduce lead time by 85% and "discover" agile principles apparently by themselves.
Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in April 2013, he quickly became a familiar face around the Agile community, and works as an Agile Coach and Scrum Master in the payments industry.
These meetings will be monthly - happening on the last Thursday of every month at ISITE Design in NW Portland. To make the it even more interesting, we will have networking, food, and wine/beer the first hour, followed by the speaker for the 2nd hour, and then wrap up for the last 30 minutes. And the events will be FREE!
So, hope you can join us and make 2014 a Success for the Agile community in Portland!