Jim Benson will provide an overview of kanban in software development. Based on concrete examples from actual projects, Jim will discuss how a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration provides a foundation for good software design. He will talk about the psychology and actions of a flow based system. I will talk about how this increases quality, lowers delivery times, allows teams to deliver meaningful SLAs, and how people can go home happy. Jim hates Powerpoint and loves interaction, so expect a fast paced, talkative, entertaining, and informative evening free of slidedecks, bullet points and overly rehearsed rhetoric.
Jim Benson is CEO of Modus Cooperandi, a collaborative management consultancy in Seattle, Washington. After being steeped in Agile for many years, Jim started working with kanban and Lean thinking in 2005. In 2008, he started taking this idea further with Personal Kanban, which brings flow based work to the individual and team. Since then he has been integrating Agile and Lean into his work with his own software company, as well as clients like the United Nations, British Telecom, NBC Universal, and the World Bank. Jim started Seattle Lean Coffee in 2009 to form a community of practice around Lean thinking. Lean Coffees have now spread worldwide including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Stockholm and Sydney. He has recently co-authored Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life with Tonianne DeMaria Barry.