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Lean Software Development

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Implementing Lean Software Development: Practitioner's course


We are proud to present "Implementing Lean Software Development: Practitioners Course", a two-day workshop with Mary and Tom Poppendieck, authors of "Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash", and "Lean Software Development, an Agile Toolkit".


This 2-day course will be given on January 28-29, 2008 in Charlotte, NC.


Click here to register.


Course attendees will receive:

  • Attendance at the two-day workshop with Mary and Tom Poppendieck
  • A copy of Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash (see amazon)
  • Course materials updated specifically for this offering of the Lean Practitioners Course
  • Continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch on both days of the workshop. (Please email to inform us of any special dietary requirements.)




Monday, January 28, 2008

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. : Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. : Lean Course Day 1, including lunch and afternoon break


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. : Continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. : Lean Course Day 2, including lunch and afternoon break



Registration and Payment


The course fee is $1200, covering both days, including continental breakfast, snacks and lunch.  (There was an early registration discount if you registered by Nov 30th.)


There will be 30 seats available. This will be their only course in the eastern US for at least the first half of 2008.


Please please go to this page to register via Google checkout or PayPal, or contact Joe Little to reserve your place. You may also pay by check. Please contact Joe Little if you have questions.





The course will be held in Charlotte, NC, in a meeting room here:

Charlotte Marriott Executive Park

5700 Westpark Drive

Charlotte, NC 28217


(Click on the hotel name for more details.)


We also have a special $179 rate at this hotel for these days for sleeping rooms. Ask for the "Lean Software Development course". Or click on the link below:



The hotel is just to the east of where Tyvola Road and I-77 intersect. 6 miles from the airport, and easy to get to from I-77.


Implementing Lean Software Development:

Practitioners Course

2 Day Workshop


As global competitiveness comes to the software development industry, the search is on for a better way to create first-class software rapidly, repeatedly, and reliably. Lean initiatives in manufacturing, logistics, and services have led to dramatic improvements in cost, quality and delivery time; can they do the same for software development? The short answer is “Absolutely!”


Of the many methods that have arisen to improve software development, Lean is emerging as one that is grounded in decades of work to understand how to make processes better. Lean thinking focuses on giving customers what they want, when and where the want it, without wasted motion or a wasted minute.


In this workshop you will learn how to apply lean principles such as: Rapid Response, Constant Learning, Built-in Quality, Local Responsibility and Global Optimization to software development by working through real problems with your peers.


You will learn how to:


  • Develop a value stream map for your current software development organization, and then create a new map for the future.
  • Reorganize the software development process around short development cycles that speed the delivery of real value.
  • Assess the state of your basic disciplines which determine your software development process capability.
  • Understand how to drive software quality by moving testing to the front and center of the development process.
  • Organize a visual workplace so that everyone knows the most important thing to do next without being told.
  • Create measurements for software development that create optimized results for the whole organization.
  • Gauge the capacity of your software development organization and limit work to match that capacity.
  • Negotiate contracts that encourages a collaborative relationship between companies


"My sincere thanks for this marvelous course. I can already see three or four immediate and relatively painless changes that we can make here that will have a profound effect on the way that we go about developing our products. My only regret is that too few of my colleagues were able to attend. I will definitely be recommending to my boss tomorrow that we bring this course in house as soon as possible." -- Mark Mydland, Getty Images



Course Description


This workshop is an even mixture of lecture and small group work on case studies. After each topic is presented, attendees apply the concept to a real project of someone in the group. The format provides an in-depth exploration of strategies for applying the seven lean principles of:


Eliminate Waste

Build Quality In

Create Knowledge

Defer Commitment

Deliver Fast

Respect People

Improve the system


In addition, practical implementation techniques are covered, including:


Creating and using value stream maps

Key metrics

Assessing your process capability

Working in a regulated environment

Applying queuing theory to the software development pipeline

Approaches for outsourcing and contracts


Who Should Attend


This program is designed for senior software development practitioners, team leads and managers who are considering lean software development for their organizations. It will be particularly useful to those who are looking for tools and practices that they can put to use.




Mary Poppendieck has been in the Information Technology industry for thirty years. She has managed solutions for companies in several disciplines, including supply chain management, manufacturing systems, and digital media. As a seasoned leader in both operations and new product development, she brings a practical, customer-focused approach to software development problems.


As Information Systems Manager in a video tape manufacturing plant, Mary first encountered the Toyota Production System, which later became known as Lean Production. She implemented one of the first Just-in-Time systems in 3M, resulting in dramatic improvements in the plant's performance.


Three times Mary has partnered with small companies, twice negotiating and funding a multi-million dollar equity investment. But understanding small companies from the investor point of view was not enough; so she joined one of the start-ups to lead its R&D effort.


A popular writer and speaker, Mary's classes on managing software development offer a fresh perspective on project management. Her book "Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit", was published in 2003 and won the Software Development Productivity Award in 2004. A sequel, "Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash", was published in 2006.


Tom Poppendieck has 25 years of experience in computing including eight years of work with object technology. His modeling and mentoring skills are rooted in his experience as a physics professor. His early work was in IT infrastructure, product development, and manufacturing support, and evolved to consulting project assignments in healthcare, logistics, mortgage banking, and travel services.


Tom led the development of a world-class product data management practice for a major commercial avionics manufacturer that reduced design to production transition efforts from 6 months to 6 weeks. He also led the technical architecture team for very large national and international Baan and SAP implementations.


Tom Poppendieck is an enterprise analyst and architect, and an agile process mentor. He focuses on identifying real business value and enabling product teams to realize that value. Tom specializes in understanding customer processes and in effective collaboration of customer, development and support specialists to maximize development efficiency, system flexibility, and business value.


Tom is co-author of the book "Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit", published in 2003, and its sequel, "Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash", published in 2006.


Please contact Joe Little at for further details or if you have questions.


To register go here.



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