What does it mean to be lean? (Presented by Mathias Eifert)

Hosted by Agile Leadership Network (ALN) Washington DC Area Chapter

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6:30 to 7:00 PM – Dinner and Networking
7:00 to 7:15 PM – Introduction
7:15 to 8:15 PM – Presentation

About the Presentation:
Lean is having an increasingly pervasive presence in the software world these days. Lean Software Development has its seven principles and seven wastes and promises to improve efficiency and quality. Many of the most innovative software development companies profess to have their philosophical home in Lean Startup's 'Build-Measure-Learn' approach, rather than Agile. But is Lean the same as Agile? And what about the proponents of Lean UX who are challenging the emerging orthodoxy of Agile SDLC frameworks with slogans like "Agile doesn't have a brain"?

In this session, we will explore the basic ideas of Lean thinking, similarities and differences between different flavors of Lean, how Lean can be applied to software development, and finally how Lean concepts can be used to expand the built-in 'inspect and adapt' cycles of Scrum to include learning about customer value.

About the Presenter:
Mathias Eifert is a Business Systems Analyst, Certified Scrum Master/Product Owner and Certified Software Quality Engineer with fifteen years of public and private sector consulting experience. He has applied Lean and Agile concepts in a variety of roles, including as a Senior Process Improvement Engineer, Lead Business Systems Analyst, Solutions Architect, SharePoint workflow specialist, and Statistical Quality Control (SQC) Consultant. His domain experience includes software development, public safety, health IT, hospitality, federal HR, and manufacturing. He is a Senior Consultant with Excella Consulting.