Beyond the Bottleneck: A New Theory of Constraints


The classic Theory of Constraints has been a valuable source of ideas for improving the core operations of product delivery systems, but its application to software products is running out of steam - it contemplates a linear system that is fundamentally different from ours, and misses much of the complexity involved in coordinating knowledge work across a network of people, teams, tools and processes.

We need a new theory of constraints, one that unlocks new approaches for improving flow in our complex environments. In this talk we will look at the origins of software development to understand what makes our context unique, and explore a new model for understanding where constraints emerge in a software delivery system.

What you'll learn from this talk:
- Analytic vs. synthetic approaches to problem solving
- Why software development is a synthetic process
- The misapplication of analytic practices to manage synthetic work
- The emergence of "synthetic management" approaches
- A synthetic model for understanding software delivery
- A proposal for a new focusing process to find and remove synthetic constraints

Come join John Rauser, Software Engineering Manager at Cisco, to dive deep into those topics on June 19th, 2019.

Thanks Cisco for hosting this event!

Feel free to invite your friends or fellow managers to join us as well.

Event details

5:30-6:00p.m. Mingle, food/drink and meet new friends

6:00-7:00p.m. Talk and Q&A

7:00-7:30p.m. Tidy up and chat with your new friends

Location Note
Cisco is located on Suite 600 - 675 W Hastings St
The elevator will be unlocked on the date of the Meetup.

Hosted by: Cisco

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