Durnall and Parkinson provide a thorough introduction to Lean principles, the idea of "Lean Thinking," and the application of those ideas to software development. IT is viewed as a system, a process, as well as a series of production steps and the presenters show how Lean ideas apply to and can improve each aspect.
Both Richard Durnall and Kraig Parkinson are Principal Consultants at Thoughtworks. Richard's application expertise is in Airline, Financial Services, and eBusiness areas while Kraig has background in Communications, Supply Chain, and On-line Retail. Both are experts in Lean, project management, lean and agile coaching.
ThoughtWorks recently began hosting events for Business and IT Leaders as well as technology practitioners to share insight and best practice across the industry. The briefings and the Exec Breakfast series are all grounded in reality - speakers are active practitioners, passionate about their work. The events focus on technology in relation to business issues, rather than being deeply technical.
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