Agile Lean June 28th P2P – Need to speed up? Then slow down!

What: Need to speed up?  Then slow down!

If the title grabbed your attention it’s likely because it’s totally counter intuitive to what we learn in school, the business world, and life in general.   Many managers believe the best way to get more work from their people is to speed up, or push more work into the system. I’ve seen many managers add work to the pile “to ensure they don’t run out of work to do”.  Unfortunately this is the worst thing you can do, as much like cars merging at a bottleneck of the highway during rush hour the high volume actually causes significant back-ups.

During this workshop we will use a simulation game where a development team will be creating a product according to customer specs!   Through a refinement of the exercise we will demonstrate the impact of too much work in the system, identifying the bottlenecks, and strategies for improving the flow of work. Participants will come away with an understanding of the basic mechanics and concepts behind Kanban.  Most importantly participants will come away with a better understanding the nature of work, and the impact our behaviours have on the outcome.

Where most management methodologies focus on product, Kanban focuses on the flow of work and providing a platform for organizational improvement.  Through the use of this very simple tools you can significantly improve the results on your projects!   Even if you don’t adopt Kanban you will find the concepts useful in guiding you in any project, and how you manage the work you and others do.

When: TuesdayJune 28th, 2011 from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m. EST

Where:The Accelerator Centre, 295 Hagey Blvd, Room 2 – Gowlings,  Waterloo, ON

Who: Mike Edwards

Speaker Professional Biography

Mike Edwards started his career 25 years ago as a software developer.   In the past 10 years his career has gone down the path of managing IT, earning the PMI certifications for Project Management (PMP) in 2003 and Program Management (PgMP) in 2008.  Mike is employed as the Senior Program Manager at Home Hardware.  A couple of years ago Mike started a journey forever transforming how he thinks about the world of IT.  In the quest to improve software development at Home Hardware, Mike found himself suddenly immersed in the worlds of Agile, Lean and Kanban.    These domains have forever changed how he thinks of IT, and Mike has started Home Hardware on a different path in how we approach the business of IT.

Mike has initiated numerous improvement programs at Home Hardware including Agile and Lean software development.   Although Home Hardware is only a couple years into our transformation, the results have been significant with marked improvements in the value projects deliver to their customers.   The journey ahead is long will never really end, but so far the department is off to a great start.   In addition to leading, coaching and teaching new approaches at Home Hardware, Mike has been excited to speak at six conferences across Canada in the past year.  

Mike’s objective is to always find ways to increase the value of IT for our customers.  Good results happen because of good people.   For this reason Mike takes satisfaction in seeing his efforts result in the people around him growing with each experience.

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