This coming October 4th AgileInnovation present a free seminar on Software Development using Agile and Lean Methods. This is targeted at companies looking to adopt lean and agile methods, and to those who have already adopted and are looking to deepen their implementation and increase their effectiveness. The content will be particularly relevant senior executives, functional and project managers, and senior technical product and software development professionals.
Presenters: Colm O’hEocha & Fran O’Hara
Oct 4th 4pm (sharp) – 6pm, IBEC, Confederation House (Registration starts 3:30)
84-86 Lower Baggot Street
For further details and registration please email Karen at email@example.com
The science and practice of managing product development and other creative knowledge work is being revolutionized. Following the introduction of Lean Manufacturing in Japan, ‘Agile’ software development introduced many of the same principles to more complex development work.
However, unlike manufacturing, creative development requires variability to add value and therefore must thrive in the presence of uncertainty and risk, otherwise it cannot produce innovative solutions.
Traditional project management approaches typically aim for efficiencies through standardization and conformance, and in so doing eliminate innovation. They aim to maximize utilization of resources, thereby prolonging time to market. They divide and demarcate roles and responsibilities without understanding how that destroys collaboration and information flow. And they invest in extensive up-front planning, and then resist emerging reality when it doesn’t conform to the plan.
Managing creative development teams and projects requires that we focus on maximizing the economic outcome throughout the project or product lifecycle. But most development teams have little understanding of project economics – how much does a months delay cost? – what is the value of fast, rich feedback? – what is the cost of hand-overs?
In this introductory session, we explain the concept of Flow – the foundation for radical improvements in quality, predictability, agility, visibility and efficiency. Flow depends on
· managing queues and work in progress
· implementing fast feedback loops
· breaking our work into small, independent units
We briefly introduce some of the science behind these ideas and provide an overview of how they are applied in lean and agile methods such as Kanban and Scrum . We discuss practical next steps you can take to move towards Leaner, more profitable software development.