James Sutton

Lean Systems Engineering: Key to Accomplishing Big Things

Lean focuses work on value, which speeds development and reduces waste. Agile emergentbehavior provides ways to deal with ambiguity and defer commitment until it is absolutely necessary. In software projects, Lean and Agile are most commonly applied to fairly simple problems; their writings mostly address these kinds of situations. Developing more complex systems, or even simpler systems where above-normal assurance of success is needed, is greatly aided by the ideas in Systems Engineering. Mr. Sutton will give an overview of how 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 James Sutton’s passion is for unleashing the power and joy of human creativity in the development of systems. He is a chief software-systems architect whose designs and processes have consistently quadrupled productivity compared to company and industry norms, accompanied by a ten-times reduction in defects compared to normal. His book “Lean Software Strategies” won the 2007 Shingo Prize, which Business Week has called “The Nobel Prize of Manufacturing.” He is an INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional), with a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Southern Methodist University. More recently, he joined with other recognized experts such as David Anderson, Dean Leffingwell, Alan Shalloway and Don Reinertsen in co-founding the Lean Software and Systems Consortium.