Agile Waste: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control

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Standard [35 minutes]

Agile doesn’t create value. Shocked? Don’t be. It’s time for a little self-reflection.

There is a common perception that agile development methods generate considerable value for the companies smart enough to use them. This presentation will discuss why agile methods can be the best way to get fast, cheap, high-quality waste. In fact, agile itself has little to do with the generation of value. Years of using Scrum and XP have demonstrated that no matter how proficient you become in the application of these methodologies, there’s a very real possibility that you’ll be delivering the wrong software.

The path to success is learning to couple agile methods with a complementary practice, like Lean. By incorporating the principles of Lean into agile software development we can better understand how value is perceived by the customer, and ultimately create a dialogue between IT and the business center to influence value generation.

This is easy to say, but how do you actually achieve it? In this presentation, Leonardo Mattiazzi will demonstrate a real-world Lean transformation, detailing how Scrum-like project management can be used to run an entire company (extending to HR, finance and admin, marketing, etc.), thus helping to create a culture of Lean thinking that permeates the value-stream. Additionally, we will see that vendor relationships can have an impact (good or bad) on creating a Lean software development organization. Bring your thoughts and speak up, as we seek to advance agile and Lean thinking through thoughtful debate.


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