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Empowering Innovation through the power of LEAN (UBC CS Industry/Alumni lecture)

From: Peter S.
Sent on: Saturday, January 14, 2012 8:40 AM
Title: Empowering Innovation through the power of LEAN
Speaker: Lawell Kiing - SAP

Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Time: 6 pm (Networking starts at 6 pm, lecture starts at 6:30 pm)
Location: Rm C680, Robson Square, 800 Robson Street
Map: http://robsonsquare.ubc.ca/find-us/
RSVP: [address removed] - Open to all interested people (not limited to UBC alumni)

Abstract: With all the talk of LEAN startups these days, is there something about LEAN that fosters innovation or is it just merely the fact that startups are small and have to be naturally more innovative and LEAN? It is my experience that LEAN is actually an empowering mechanism for innovation. Many of innovation's inhibitors are alleviated through the deployment of LEAN and many of innovation's cultivators are fostered by it. In this presentation, I will discuss some of the experiences I had in the various organizations and attempt to correlate LEAN and innovation and discuss some factors and examples of what worked and what didn't, from an organization level down to the team and individual level.

Speaker Bio: Lawell Kiing is currently senior director of engineering in the Business Intelligence development unit in SAP which acquired Business Objects at the end of 2007. He joined Business Objects in 2004 right after it acquired Crystal Decisions. His current responsibilities include leading the LEAN/Agile implementation for the unit globally and helping projects to become more productive and successful. Lawell has been in the computing industry since 1988 after he graduated from UBC with a degree in Computer Science. He has worked in various companies including IBM (12 years) and Corel holding development in leadership positions and was also part of a startup during the dot.com days.

For more information: https://www.cs.ubc.ca/event/2012/01/alumni-lecture-lawell-kiing-sap-empowering-innovation-through-power-lean

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