After revolutionizing the automobile industry, Lean principles have been successfully applied to different knowledge areas including software development. This workshop is intended to master Lean concepts like Waste, Push&Pull systems, systems thinking, Kaizen etc. & practicing cross-functional collaboration, self-organisation and safe-fail experimentation! In this interactive game, the participants will work in a small production lines, experiencing problems and applying Lean practices to overcome them.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Workshop for ~60 to 80 mins..

Works in 3 iterations.. each iteration learning & trying new principles & practices & learning to use them in the subsequent iterations..

End of each iteration will have a small retospective to reflect on learnings

Learning Outcome

Lean concepts like Waste, Push&Pull systems, Systems thinking, Kaizen etc. & practicing cross-functional collaboration, self-organisation and safe-fail experimentation..

Learning to implement them in the IT world. Folks in the IT industry who are looking for ways to increase the efficiency & thoughtput of their teams..



Target Audience

Folks in the IT industry who are looking for ways to increase the efficiency & thoughtput of their teams.. BAs, PMs, Dev-leads, Coaches



schedule Submitted 8 years ago

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    Laura Burke
    Laura Burke
    Appia, Inc.
    schedule 8 years ago
    Sold Out!
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