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Mary Poppendieck

Mary Poppendieck started her career as a process control programmer, moved on to manage the IT department of a manufacturing plant, and then ended up in product development, where she was both product manager and department manager. After Mary left the corporate world in 1998, she found herself managing a government software project where she first encountered the word "waterfall." When Mary compared her experience in successful software and product development to the prevailing opinions about how to manage software projects, she decided the time had come for a new paradigm. She wrote the award-winning book "Lean Software Development" to explain how the lean principles from manufacturing offer a better approach to software development. Over the past several years, Mary has found retirement elusive as she lectures and teaches classes with her husband Tom. Based on their on-going learning, they wrote a second book, "Implementing Lean Software Development." A popular writer and speaker, Mary continues to bring fresh perspectives to the world of software development.

Agile Techniques vs. Lean Development

"Practical approaches for applying lean principles to software development. As global competitiveness comes to the software development industry, the search is on for a better way to create first-class software rapidly, repeatedly, and reliably. Lean initiatives in manufacturing, logistics, and services have led to dramatic improvements in cost, quality and delivery time; they can do the same for software development.

Of the many methods that have arisen to improve software development, Lean is emerging as one that is grounded in decades of work understanding how to make processes better. Lean thinking focuses on giving customers what they want, when and where the want it, without a wasted motion or wasted minute.

This webinar provides an introduction to applying lean principles to software development. It will cover eight principles of Lean Software Development:

1. Eliminate Waste
2. Focus on Learning
3. Build Quality In
4. Defer Commitment
5. Deliver Fast
6. Respect People
7. Improve Relentlessly
8. Optimize the Whole"


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