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.


The TAB chairman plans to post a summary of the results of the April 20 formation meeting for the Technical Advisory Board on the LSSC website by April 30. This will include notes on the group discussion, its goals, and the actions it plans to complete in the next 12 months.


The volcano may have stopped some of our speakers and attendees from coming to Atlanta and it did not stop David from sending us his Journey to Systemic Improvement presentation. As if that wasn’t enough, David has also recorded it, embedded below in 3 parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The direct links offer better quality and are slower as you have to wait for the entire video to cache before fast forwarding etc.

Part 1 http://leanandkanban.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/journey-to-systemic-improvement-lssc10-part-1.mov
Part 2 http://leanandkanban.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/journey-to-systemic-improvement-lssc10-part-2.mov
Part 3 http://leanandkanban.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/journey-to-systemic-improvement-lssc10-part-3.mov


From: Don Reinertsen, Chairman LSSC Technical Advisory Board

As a participant in the 2010 LSSC Conference you are invited to attend the pre-conference organizational meeting of LSSC’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) on April 20. We are holding this meeting at the conference venue from 8 AM to 5 PM, and have room for up to 70 attendees. You are welcome to attend whatever portion of the meeting that fits with you travel plans.

I have volunteered to chair the TAB, and to lead this meeting. The purpose of this initial meeting is to:

1. Develop a consensus on the goals of the TAB.
2. Define the roles of its members.
3. Define the board’s concept of operation.

You may be able to contribute either as a prospective member of the TAB, or by simply making your voice heard with regard to what you think the TAB should be doing for the LSSC.

Our starting hypothesis is that the TAB should ensure that the LSSC develops a body of knowledge that is relevant, useful, and one that remains at the leading edge. We believe this can be done by assembling a balanced group of practitioners, solution providers, and academics. We want to create a group that will incorporate multiple points of view rather than advocating for a single orthodoxy.

Ideally, we’d like to leave this meeting with:

1. A clear mission for the TAB, owned by its members.
2. A set of people willing to work towards this mission.
3. An initial planned set of actions and action owners.

Please let me know if you will be able to attend and what portion of the day you may be able to join us. This will allow us to plan lunch and refreshments for the group.

Please RSVP to Kelly Wilson at: lssc@sep.com

I’d be glad to answer any questions. You can reach me at: DonReinertsen@gmail.com

I have also attached a draft agenda. We’ll adjust it at the start of the meeting, so ideas to improve it are welcome.

See the Agenda here

Or you can download the agenda Here


One Day Pricing Announced

Posted In: Announcements by dennisstevens

The Lean Software and Systems Conference in Atlanta has announced one day pricing. The price is just $550 for a single day – this is a $700 discount off the full conference. If you can’t make the full three day event, you still have a chance to to mix for a day with the experts and practitioners from around the world who are using Lean Thinking to improve the performance of software development and systems engineering.

Go to http://atlanta2010.leanssc.org/register/ and use the discount code for the day you are attending:

Wednesday: 1DAYWED
Thursday: 1DAYTHU
Friday: 1DAYFRI


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The Lean Software and Systems Conference 2010 is the conference to attend for anyone interested in applying lean concepts to software and systems development.  The Lean Software and Systems Consortium is proud to bring together 50 of the best people in lean and kanban to share their field experiences, data and innovative thinking with you. Please join us for this important inaugural event!David J.Anderson photo

David J. Anderson

Conference Chairman

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Announcing the full conference program

We are pleased to announce the full program for the
Lean Software and Systems Conference 2010 held April 21-23 in Atlanta, Georgia! Take a moment and explore the program to discover how lean, the next wave in software process, can benefit you.

Arlo Belshee photo Kanban Track

Discussions of theory and practice relating to limited Work in Progress (WIP) pull systems in the software development lifecycle and project management.

“Teams struggle with constraints in one part of the system while excess capacity exists in another. There is always something ‘in progress.’ As a result, they have trouble shipping software”

Arlo Belshee
– Session: Single Piece Flow, A How-To

Mary Poppendieck photoLean Business and Management Track

Covering a wide range of Lean ideas and concepts applied to software project management. Learn about organizational transition, metrics, techniques used at large companies and more.

“Policy Deployment in a lean organization is like navigating a ship – it starts with an understanding of the final destination, but leaders don’t forget that it’s their job to steer the ship along the way.”

Mary Poppendieck
– Session: What’s Wrong with Targets

James Sutton photo Lean Systems Engineering Track

Lean ideas applied to Systems Engineering and Integration. Sessions include decision techniques, defining lean systems engineering, failure prediction and assuring success.

“Relatively simple ideas from Systems Engineering can ‘super-charge’ your Lean efforts and make your programs successful even in highly-challenging situations and with very-demanding customers.”

James Sutton
– Session: – Session: Lean System Engineering: Key to Accomplishing Big Things

David Joyce Experience Reports Track

Field case studies in lean and kanban implementations presented by practitioners.

“Kanban sets an expectation of flow, provides improved predictability and business agility, and enables a kaizen culture via bottleneck management, waste reduction and variability reduction, thus enabling teams to visualise and implement improvements.”

David Joyce – Session: A Journey to Systemic Improvement (BBC Worldwide)

Joshua Kerievsky Lean Engineering Practices

Presenting emerging and evolving programming, testing and analysis practices. Topics include BDD, releasing per feature, deploying latent code, and managing complex workflows for incremental delivery..

“You’ll learn what programming processes help or hurt our ability to limit ‘red time’ and you’ll gain an appreciation for the visual cues that can help make you a better programmer”

Joshua Kerievsky – Session: The Limited Red Society

Dennis Stevens
Leaning Over the Edge Track

Explore innovative ideas, devil’s advocacy and topics on the periphery of Lean theory such as option theory and risk management.

“Business capability analysis helps larger teams realize similar speed and quality results of smaller teams while remaining aligned with what is most valuable to the business.”

Dennis Stevens – Session: Feeding the Agile Beast


Don Reinertsen

Don Reinertsen
“The Easy Road to FLOW Goes through a Town named LEAN”

If we seek to achieve flow, the ideas of lean manufacturing are a superb starting point. However, if we think of them as our final destination, they will ultimately only block our progress.


Robert Charette

Robert Charette
“Risk, Lean Development & Profit: Getting Back to Basics”

Lean is concerned with challenging assumptions and breaking through the constraints that limit us in what we see and do. By challenging our assumptions we open ourselves to new sources of discovery and innovation.

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Yuval Yeret and Erez Katzav will speak on “Scaling Amdocs PBG from team scrum to a multi-program portfolio using Lean and Kanban“.

PBG, The product development arm of Amdocs, a global telco company, introduced Scrum into its processes, with the help of consultants from AgileSparks, in order to improve its competitiveness. Along the way, it became clear that while Scrum is great at the team/sprint level, something more is required in order to optimize the whole system. Lean/Kanban turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. This company is currently rolling out Kanban at dozens of PO Teams for multiple dozens of Scrum Teams. This session will describe the journey from the perspective of the coaching team – identifying what’s missing, building the approach, “selling” the change within the organization, rolling it out, fine-tuning and the roadmap for the future.

Yuval is an Agile Coach at AgileSparks helping individuals and organization ease their path to Agility and Engineering excellence, focusing on Scrum, Lean, and effective R&D in general. Yuval comes from the R&D management world where he practiced what he now preaches.

Starting 1994, Yuval held various positions in IT and R&D, leading up to VP R&D of several IT technology startups where he introduced agile methodologies, as well as served as Product Owner on various occasions. Today, Yuval is a senior consultant in the Agilesparks team, engaged with several enterprise-scale global R&D organizations.

Yuval is a practicing Certified Scrum Master since 2007, a CSP and CSPO and is actively consulting multiple enterprise organizations. Yuval holds a BA in Math and Computer Sciences from the Tel Aviv Open University.
Find him at
@yuvalyeret on Twitter

Erez is Director of Process Engineering in Amdocs Product Business Group Division,

In his role Erez is responsible for the implementation of Agile in big organization that includes more than 50 products and more than 1200 employees. As part of its role Erez performs Agile Coach for teams and executives and expertise in Change Management and effective agile transition. Along the implementation Erez experienced implementing Kanban as second phase of the Agile implementation, as a director of process engineering Erez led a development of an in-house tool that combines the Agile approach with Kanban, enabling complex product development lifecycle that combine Scrum teams with Lean approach in an enterprise level.

Erez have 11 Years of experience in the Software industry: Project management, Program management, Development manager

Find him: erezkat@amdocs.com


Frank Vega will talk on “Scrum, XP, and Beyond“.

While specific business needs addressed from one development team to another vary, there are core challenges they share. To address these challenges many of us are seeking to increase our knowledge and understanding of lean-agile principles through personal hands-on experience gained from applying them in our software development processes.

Frank Vega is an IT/IS professional with 20+ years experience; the last seven as a software architect and lean-agile developer/team lead developing applications that perform structural analysis of engineered wood products used in constructing residential homes. Prior to that were six years as an independent self-employed contractor providing custom application development support to clients in the environmental, engineering, telecommunications, cable, and computer-based training fields.

His passion for learning has been focused over the last six years developing a solid understanding of lean principles and knowledge-based product development along with kanban (queuing systems) software development, agile processes, and eXtreme programming (XP) practices utilizing pattern-oriented software architectures and domain-driven and object-oriented designs. He is a member of the Lean Software Systems Consortium and active in his local Agile-Denver group, International Association of Software Architects (IASA) Denver Chapter, and Denver Visual Studio .Net User Group. See his LinkedIn profile for latest information.


Tim Wingfield speaks on “Lean Lessons Learned: Our Experiences Moving to Kanban“.

Over the last year and a half we’ve moved our development teams and some of our clients into Lean development practices utilizing Kanban to deliver more value in a shorter amount of time. This session covers our experiences with Kanban and the practical applications of Lean development practices as we employed them. I’ll share our successes and failures while our 4 to 8 person teams tailored our approach for each client after determining what worked and didn’t work in those clients’ environments. You’ll learn the real-world benefits and challenges of changing to Lean and Kanban, and why they fundamentally changed the way I approach projects.

Tim has been involved in web design and development for over 12 years and is a Software Craftsman with Pillar Technology, a consultancy focused on agile software development and business transformation in Ohio, Michigan, and the Southeast. Tim has a wide range of knowledge in .Net but focuses on the user interface and the user experience in ASP.Net applications. Recently he has put more time into practicing lean development processes and how to more efficiently create quality software. He also has a budding love affair with Ruby, and has done a cannonball into the Rails pool. In what time is left over, Tim enjoys coaching his sons’ hockey teams, playing a little hockey himself, and traveling with his family.

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