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Date: 10/4/2011
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Pervasive Software, 12365-B Riata Trace Parkway
Speaker: Mike DuVall

Lessons Learned Implementing Kanban

Kanban is an exciting technique that is quickly growing in popularity in the software development community. The basic ideas and principles of Kanban are fairly simple, with two of the key principles being:

  1. Visualize your workflow
  2. Limit Work-In-Progress (WIP)

Though very simple, these mechanisms can have a dramatic effect in helping teams and organizations identify and fix problems with their current development process. At Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) in Austin, more than eight teams are currently using Kanban to track and improve their software development process. In this talk, Mike will discuss:

  • The principles of Kanban
  • How Kanban is being used at D&B
  • Lessons learned implementing Kanban at D&B

Speaker Bio

Mike DuVall is a ScrumMaster, Technical Lead, Kanban coach, and Lean-Kanban evangelist at D&B in Austin. He is currently working to improve the speed with which D&B delivers valuable software features to customers. Some of his current specific areas of interest include TDD, ATDD, Continuous Delivery, and encouraging a culture of Continuous Improvement.

Mike taught himself to program at the age of 12 by reading books from the local library and he has been developing software ever since. Mike has over 20 years of industry experience and has served in a large number of roles over his career, including: Programmer, Technical Lead, Architect, Business Analyst, Mentor, ScrumMaster, Consultant, and Trainer. Mike has always had an interest in improving software development processes and was an early adopter of both iterative development and Scrum.

Mike lives in Austin and enjoys spending his spare time training for marathons and playing classical and electric guitar.

Cost: Free
Directions: Riata Trace Parkway is between Duval and Oak Knoll off 183. From 183: exit Oak Knoll Drive, turn right at Riata Trace Parkway. 12365-B is 0.8 miles on right
More Info: www.AgileAustin.org or info@AgileAustin.org
Agenda:
Sign-in and Networking 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Announcements, Presentation 6:30 – 8:30 PM