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Agile Speaker Series - Speaker Andrew Webster


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!

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  • Sanjeev R.

    I have uploaded the presentation recording to YouTube: - Enjoy!!!

    2 · March 5, 2014

  • Sanjeev R.

    I have uploaded Andrew's slide decks in PDF format. This talk will be interactive - looking forward!

    2 · February 23, 2014

    • Sanjeev R.

      Hi Erica, all the presentations can be found at­ - or if you are in the group's main page, go to Files (under More). Thanks again for coming!

      February 28, 2014

    • Erica S.

      Meetup site is back up and running and I was able to download the latest version today. Thank you again, Sanjeev!

      1 · March 4, 2014

  • Steve

    I thought his topic was excellent and appropriate. A great learning exercise.

    2 · March 2, 2014

  • Rob

    The presentation itself was a bit high level but Andrew is a very engaging, intelligent, knowledgeable person. He was more than happy to hang around after the talk and chat. That's where the value was for me because during the after talk chat time we really did a deep dive on some very interesting, important topics.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for reviewing the session. I wanted to attend but couldn't and meetup's DoS kept me from changing my status.

    February 28, 2014

    • Erica S.

      Yeah, it only takes one person to ruin the web for everyone. Besides the topic at hand, you missed some great wine, quinoa salad, popcorn and turkey wraps! I may have gone back for seconds ;-)

      2 · February 28, 2014

  • Erica S.

    He knew his stuff and got straight to the meat of things. He didn't shy away from challenges presented and was incredibly comfortable in the room. He was open to sharing his sources and the activity at the end got the room up and moving and TALKING. Amazing how people working in different industries can be facing similar challenges simultaneously.

    3 · February 28, 2014

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