Today was an exciting day for the Lean Software and Systems Conference 2010. At the Speaker’s Recognition luncheon, we had the pleasure of presenting the inaugural Brickell Key Award for Excellence in Lean Software Engineering. This year’s recipients were David Joyce from London, England and Alisson Vale from Vitoria, Brazil.

David and Alisson have both led major scale lean transformations with alacrity, David on a corporate scale at the BBC, Alisson in his service industry business, Phidelis. In both cases, the buy-in of extensive customer groups was required. We are grateful for their service to the community for expanding the interest in Lean and in its thoughtful implementation.

Alisson Vale founder of Phidelis Technologies has more than 15 year of experience with software development and at least 8 years leading and coaching software projects. He is an Agile enthusiast in Brazil, where he participates by writing articles, doing presentations and debating on discussion forums. Today he is a technical coach and Product Leader at Phidelis, where a lot of ideas and techniques are constantly challenged and applied in real world scenarios.

David Joyce is an agile development manager and coach with 12 years technical team management and coaching experience and 20 years software development experience.

In recent years, using Scrum and XP, David has coached onshore and offshore development teams and successfully launched an internet video startup from inception to launch. David worked for BBC Worldwide as a Development Manager, coaching teams on Lean, Kanban and Systems Thinking. Recently, David became a consultant with Thoughtworks Australia.  David is a certified Scrum Master, Lean practitioner and Kanban coach.

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