Rocky Mountain Software Symposium
November 19 - 21, 2010 - Denver, CO
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Yes You Kanban
Kanban. What is it? It is most certainly not just moving sticky notes around on a board. Far from that, it is a method for gradual, evolutionary improvement of existing software processes. That's right, existing software processes. There is no "Kanban Development Process." Think you're "doing Kanban?" Think again.
In this session we'll examine the byproducts of the "Kanban method" and its use of a WIP-limiting, pull-based mechanism for managing a software team's work. Next, we'll examine "A day in that Kanban life" in order to get our minds around how a Kanban system works. We'll then step back in time and examine the roots of Kanban in the lean manufacturing methods used at Toyota. We'll also walk through a little queuing theory to understand why Kanban systems work. Finally, we'll walk through Kanban thought-leader David Anderson's "Principles of the Kanban Method."
You'll leave this session equipped to start a Kanban change initiative in your team, along with the tools to make it successful.
About Matt Stine
Matt Stine is an Enterprise Java/Cloud consultant based in Memphis, TN. He is a twelve year veteran of the enterprise software and web development industries, with experience spanning the healthcare, biomedical research, e-commerce, and retail store domains.
Matt has spoken at conferences ranging from JavaOne to CodeMash and has published several articles for Agile Zone, GroovyMag and NFJS the Magazine, as well as the Selenium 2.0 DZone Refcard. Matt is also the founder of the Memphis/Mid-South Java User Group.
His current areas of interest include lean/agile software development, software architecture, mobile application development and functional languages.More About Matt »