Tuesday May 27th, 2008 Meeting - Austin Java Users Group

Kanban: An Overview

Presentation Abstract

Kanban is a technique for shortening cycle time and delivering more value from your software projects. It's very similar to XP and Scrum boards, but has some important differences. This talk will introduce Kanban and explain how it avoids some of the challenges faced by Agile teams. The simplest rule to define a Kanban is "Limit the number of things in work to a fixed number." The efficiency and cultural change that results from starting with that rule was amazing to see.

This talk will also highlight some of the conference sessions and announcements. For example Dean Leffingwell's model for the Agile Enterprise, the announcement of the Lean Software and Systems Consortium, and many small bits of wisdom from the conference.


John D. Heintz

John D. Heintz is a husband, father, developer, Agilist, entrepreneur. After studying electrons in college, John's intuition led him to pursue software, and he's been a digital craftsmen since. Always seeking solutions with higher leverage and deeper simplicity has led John to important methods and tools. John's approach to building systems and teams started with leading his first Scrum team in 1999, included XP and TDD, and now Agile and Lean methods are part of his daily work and consulting. John has built single-source hyperdocument SGML publishing systems, a version control CORBA/Python CMS, an AspectJ dependency acquisition framework, added test automation to many Java and .NET systems, coached a 100-person Agile/Lean game studio, and built RESTful Web integration systems. John has launched his own company, Gist Labs, to further his focus on essential innovation.

Location & Time:

Meeting from 7 - 9 PM Li'l Tex Auditorium in the Commons Building (# 137) located at 10100 Burnet Road, near the southwest corner of Burnet Road and Braker Lane on the University of Texas J. J. Pickle Research Campus.
(Networking follows at the Baby Accapulco on Stonelake Blvd)


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