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7 - 8 May 2015

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

An Introduction to Lean and its agile use

Edmund J. Sutcliffe Thoughtful Solutions
Simon Carter 

Session type: Workshop
Session duration: 90 minutes

About this Workshop

There's much more to lean than kanban boards and post it notes. In this workshop you will learn the building blocks of applying lean techniques and engage in some interesting activities along the way.

By the end of the session, you'll have an appreciation of how lean works and how it can be applied to your organisation. You'll learn the values in visualising your workflows, limiting the work you do and eliminating waste.

Join the session for an entertaining and informative ninety minutes that you won't soon forget!

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About the Speakers

Edmund J. Sutcliffe

Edmund has wide ranging experience in building complex, tightly integrated systems which he carries out in a platform and vendor neutral manner. These include the deliveries of innovative desktop solutions for universities, colleges and businesses in cost constrained environments.

His breadth of experience in addressing a wide range of problems, from the embedded market through to the largest of central government ERP and CRM projects, has allowed him to spend time communicating and sharing ideas, patterns and concepts across a range of industries.

Edmund's creative implementations include one of the first interactive media systems, involving broadcast and enhancing the delivery of scale to said systems.

He regularly spends time teaching a range of techniques and approaches. This includes teaching the details of implementations of technology ranging from networking, through storage, to virtualisation and enterprise architecture as well as the security required for the implementation of these systems.

Edmund’s client list includes: Tesco Bank, Barclays Bank, Marks and Spencer, HMRC, Transport for London, Sky, Nomura, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, KPMG, IBM and SAP. He has helped shape a significant portion of the modern technological and business landscape.


Simon Carter

Simon Carter hates talking about himself in the third person, though if he were asked to do so he would tell you the following things:

  • He's been working on projects for the better part of twenty years but is too modest to name drop or disclose where the bodies are buried
  • He loves lean and embraces the philosophy of eliminating waste, encouraging flow and producing a deliverable that the customer loves
  • He has an undisclosed number of whiteboards and kanban boards in his house, possibly more than is strictly necessary

In reality Simon is an experienced project manager and is familiar with the many sides of the methodology fence. Simon works with and encourages teams to find the tools that work for them whilst always maintaining their focus on delivery.

Simon Carter is also old enough to know better.


Session Types

Need help planning which sessions to attend? We've provided a breakdown of our various session types below.

Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of Agile and Lean practices. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.


Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.


A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.


An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.