So your team is already (kind of) agile. Now you’ve heard you need to become more lean. But what does that mean? Should you turn your business into an impersonal software factory obsessed with eliminating waste? In a word, no! Lean is really about continuous improvement and respect for people. Far from being mechanistic, it’s a much more humane way to work. Jon Terry will discuss how lean and agile ideas really relate to each other. How lean principles help explain why agile practices work. And how those principles and practices help organisations develop the operational maturity to allow agile to succeed beyond the team level.
Jon Terry is co-CEO and co-founder of LeanKit. Before LeanKit, he held a number of senior IT positions with hospital giant HCA and its logistics subsidiary, HealthTrust Purchasing Group. He was among those responsible for launching HCA’s adoption of lean/agile methods. Jon earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and his Masters Certificate in project management from George Washington University. He is a Project Management Professional, a Certified Scrum Master and a Kanban Coaching Professional. He is also certified in the Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner Method, and trained in the SAFe Lean Systems Engineering method.