Mary PoppendieckMary 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 Leadership and Contracting Models
Systematic is a Danish company that develops software under contract for military, health care and other mission critical applications. Appraised in November 2005 and found to be CMMI level 5 compliant, Systematic turned to agile software development and lean principles to further improve its performance, with impressive positive results. The company presents just one example of the benefits that you can expect from applying lean principles to software development. This talk will discuss how lean principles and agile software development practices can contribute to improved performance while negotiating and developing software under contract.