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


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.


Siraj Sirajuddin is speaking on “The Lean Change Agent’s Mantra“.

Mantra (n): A word or group of words, an act or a series of acts – all considered capable of creating “transformation”. (“man” – mind + “tra” – liberation).

Adopting Lean and Kanban in large organizations presents a unique challenge to The Change Agent. This presentation is about the unique challenge and provides a “Mantra” for The Change Agent to influence the adoption process.

The Lean Change Agent’s Mantra looks at the philosophy of Lean process improvement and then deep dives into the Forces around Lean and Kanban adoption. We also discuss the team Dynamics that enable adoption of Lean and Kanban.

Finally, we summarize The “Mantra” that would help Change Agent’s to influence the adoption process for Lean and Kanban.

Siraj has provided excellent change management coaching and leadership to large and medium sized organizations like ShoreTel, Winn Dixie Stores, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and Compaq Computers.

He has 18 years of experience with people and process improvement consulting and coaching.

He has deep and varied domain and functional knowledge and process improvement experience using Lean, Kanban, Agile, CMMI, Six Sigma, PMBOK, SOX, BASEL and HIPAA.

He is also an expert / student of Systems Thinking / Learning Organizations, People Dynamics, Transactional Analysis, MBTI, FIRO(B), Element B, Leadership & Motivation and Team Building.

He brings tremendous energy and passion to every engagement.

He invented several unique techniques (The Interview, Clean Slate, Cereal Box, Intensive Collaboration & Discovery) that are now used for managing strategic projects at various client locations.

He loves poetry, travel, music, books and being with people.

Influencing Leaders, Followers & Teams Systems Thinking / Learning Organizations Building Hyperperforming Teams Lean, Kanban and Agile Coach


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Richard Hensley is talking on “A Story about McKesson ADM Business Development“.

We proposed to create a software as a service endeavor as an experiment in software business done a new way at McKesson. We theorized that the principles behind current software methodologies, specifically SCRUM could be instilled into the whole business so that value could be delivered significantly faster and of better quality when compared to our corporate peers. We predicted that we could deliver a live revenue producing customer with the business in less than one year from the time of funding. We tested by executing our funded business plan. To our great relief, the theory was largely correct. The presentation will cover the steps and missteps taken along the way, and detail the results of our ongoing experiment, including our kanban implementation.

Richard Hensley is a 25 year veteran of the healthcare information technology industry. Richard has built systems to support the healthcare industry including retail and hospital pharmacies, prescription insurance claims, hospital based and ambulatory clinical laboratories, insurance utilization and authorization management, hospital patient accounting, and hospital clinical documentation. Richard’s role in these products has progressed along the software engineering career path. For the last 15 years, Richard has been in technical leadership roles on various products. Richard’s latest endeavor is to guide McKesson along the path of being a better software product development organization. Richard is the engineering director for the ADM business.

Richard is also involved with the McKesson office of the CTO. In that role, he is involved McKesson-wide activities including technical due diligence for merges and acquisitions, technology convergence initiatives, technology adoption initiatives, technology acquisition initiatives, and process adoption initiatives.


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Ryan Martens will talk about “PDCA: Beyond Simple Inspect and Adapt“.

Lean and Kanban focus on practices of continuous flow of product delivery. Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) is a Lean discipline that moves beyond inspect and adapt of Agile team-level processes. At a corporate level, PDCA provides guidance for strategy as well as problem-solving work. In 2009, I led Rally’s move to PDCA for the company’s strategy process at both the annual and quarterly levels. My primary guide was Pascal Dennis’s “Getting the Right Things Done”. In this experience report, I share Rally’s PDCA first year of adoption: where we started, how this impacted our corporate behaviors, and where we are now. I want to share Rally’s story to compel participants to embrace PDCA and get good at it. I ask each participant to come with its organization’s #1 goal and success criteria. I will close with a planning A3 exercise from Pascal’s book.

The CTO and founder of Rally Software, Ryan Martens began his career in software in 1985 while in college and has broad industry experiences with BEA Systems, US West/Qwest Communications, BDM, and three start-ups. As Rally’s CTO, he is a lean/agile consultant, blogger, portfolio manager, technical operations manager and senior sales resource. Ryan is known for his triple bottom-line thinking as well as his farm fresh eggs, and his love for skiing, fishing, and biking with his family in Colorado.


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Siddharta Govindaraj will speak on “A Startup Journey: Evolving from ad-hoc to Agile to Kanban“.

This experience report describes a period of 6 years in two startup companies that I was involved with.

The first part covers the period from 2004 to 2006 when I was working with a startup based out of Singapore. I explain how we moved from doing ad-hoc development to adopting Scrum. Adopting Scrum was a big improvement over our previous ad-hoc approach but Scrum also led us to make some classic mistakes (from a lean point of view).

The second part covers the period from 2007 to 2009 when I started my own company in India. The company was started with Scrum right from the beginning. I explain how we evolved from vanilla Scrum to Lean and Kanban.

My primary interest is in improving the way software is delivered. I take great interest in lean and agile software development methodologies. I am also interested in the social aspects of software development and how it relates to the technical aspects. I started a company, Silver Stripe Software Pvt Ltd, to work further in the area of software process.

I help conduct Lean and Agile software development events and seminars in Chennai, India through the Chennai Agile User Group. I am also a part of the Agile Software Community of India (ASCI) and help organise ASCI events in Chennai.

I’m also one of the organizers of Proto.in, a bi-annual event that showcases startup companies to an audience of venture capitalists, technologists and media, and the co-organizer of the Chennai OpenCoffee Club, a place where entrepreneurs from Chennai meet once a month.


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Scott Bellware will talk on “Lean Web Design – Living with Specialization in Rapid Startups“.

Web designers are highly-specialized professionals. We loose a lot of productivity due to the effects of this specialization, whether through rework, scrap work, relearning, or missed expectations. Rapid startups expect to be up and running within two months, from the start of development work to business launch. Web designers are critical members of web startup teams, and learning to deal with web design specialists is vital to a rapid startup’s ability to sustain its pace. This presentation talks about two web startups that applied lean thinking and pull and flow to this particular challenge, and the techniques and understanding that came from the experience.

Scott Bellware is a software product designer, builder, and manager living in Austin, TX. Scott works with web startups on rapid new product development as well as with IT shops to improve the quality of their products, processes, and performance. Scott is the founder of the Lean Software Austin group, and has founded and helped organize numerous professional groups and events regionally, nationally, and internationally. He speaks at software industry conferences and teaches Agile and Lean development in workshops in the US, Canada, and Europe. Scott has served as the chairman of the International .NET Association’s Speaker Committee and is a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional award. Scott is an activist, an organizer, explorer, and teacher. Scott has been caught on several occasions replacing the periods of highly-secured assertions with question marks.


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Eric Willeke will be speaking on “Value Stream Languages“.

Every experienced practitioner has their story of the pointless project. There is a connection missing somewhere between the executive direction set by the corporate leaders and your current project. Alignment between the project and the business is missing even when the value is clearly evident. Why does this happen, and how can we help?

Awareness of the languages used by different roles in the context of a lean value stream and the perspectives of Feature Injection and Behavior Driven Development frames a conversation exploring the sources of this disconnect and how recognizing these operational languages can guide systemic improvement within and across layers of the value stream.

I am a pathfinder. I contribute on technical teams by seeking new approaches to accomplish our goals, and then amplify by helping my entire team gain the same capabilities. I explore ways to work faster and more effectively, and then I engage those around me in learning and expanding those methods. I passionately learn and improve myself, and then I joyously share the learning moments of my peers. My work, my love, my passion, and my career are in the people; the technology is just a context in which I work.

These continual changes in context have exposed me to a number of risk environments, regulatory frameworks, process environments, management structures, technical platforms, and architectural approaches. These differences continually teach me how to see the patterns within our industries.

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