This is the first of what I hope will be a series of posts introducing a number of the founder members of the Lean Software & Systems Consortium. The goal is to create some more visibility and transparency of who the LeanSSC is and what we are trying to achieve. In addition we have created a public Yahoo! Group where we hope that we can more openly discuss the ideas advocated by the LeanSSC.
Another great way to find out about what the LeanSSC are doing is to come to our Atlanta conference (April 21st – 23rd). The Technical Advisory Board is also meeting at the same venue on April 20th (Tuesday) and is open to all conference attendees. To attend all you need to do is to show up a day earlier and to register for the conference and collect your badge on Tuesday. The registration desk volunteers will direct you to the room for the TAB meeting. Book before the end of March while the price is still $995 – it goes up to $1250 after that.
Now that’s out of the way, here something about me…
What do I bring to the LSSC?
I’ve been using a Kanban approach since the latter half of 2007 after hearing David Anderson talking about the ideas at Agile2007 in Washington. Since then I’ve been exploring Kanban Systems and Lean Thinking in more depth and have found it has changed the way that I think about software development and the way I work with organisations and teams. I believe that this experience and perspective, which relies less on implementing specific processes and more on helping create contextual processes, is complimentary to the vision of the LeanSSC.
Why did I got involved in the LSSC?
Having discovered a new way of approaching software development, which has helped me introduce changes in a more effective way that I had been able to previously, I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to share this way of thinking with a wider audience. If it has helped me, as someone who has been using Agile techniques since 1999, then I believe there must be a significant audience who can also benefit. I hope my involvement with the LeanSSC can help share this knowledge and experience.
What do I hope the LSSC will achieve?
I hope the LeanSSC can help further improve the reputation and success rate of the software development industry. While Agile has proved to be a tremendous success at advancing the capabilities of development teams, it has proved difficult to scale to the enterprise or organisational level. As a result, Agile teams are succeeding, but organisations are still struggling. By the creating a body of knowledge (with an associated credible certification program) around not only team agility, but also business and management competencies, the LeanSSC can provide a basis for helping organisations transition to being more effective using Lean approaches.