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Lean Concepts for IT Professionals



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.

About the conference

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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Jun 17, 2009

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  • Great Presentation

    by Piergiuliano Bossi,

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    I've blogged about this: Big in Japan

    It has been really a great presentation.

  • Not everything is golden at Toyota

    by Hermann Schmidt,

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    A couple of months ago, some lead engineer died from overwork at Toyota. The Japanese language even has the term Karōshi for that. So, besides all the nice lean concepts, it appears that one person carries much of the responsibility to make a new car model successful. Team effort may be one success factor, but still there seems to be a dependency on a few key players as well.

  • Wonderful Presentation

    by Kripanidhi S.M.,

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    I watched this presentation with awe. It is superbly structured, wonderfully delivered and could not have been better. Thanks to both of you, I refreshed my core concepts of Lean in just an hour. Keep it up.

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