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7 - 8 May 2015

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

Lean and Lego – Building the Millennium Falcon

James Lewis Thoughtworks

Session type: Experience Report
Session duration: 60 minutes

About this Experience Report

Do you know what high performing agile teams get up to in their time off? Why, they use a lean process to build the largest lego set ever produced of course. In this talk I explore what happened to these intrepid engineers as they self-organised themselves into a lean, mean, lego-building machine. Along the way I will introduce key concepts from lean software engineering including cycle-time and throughput, continuous process improvement, stopping the line, work-in-progress limits and the value of play.

So, have you ever been a child? Ever played with lego? Ever wondered what self-organisation and lean really look like? If you have, come along and watch Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Chewie turn 5000 pieces of lego and a 300 page manual into a ship that can do the Kessel run in less than 10 parsecs…

About the Speaker

James Lewis is a Principal Consultant for ThoughtWorks UK. He has helped introduce evolutionary architecture practices and agile software development techniques to various blue chip companies: investment banks, publishers and media organisations. As a member of the ThoughtWorks Technical Advisory Board, the group that creates the Technology Radar, he contributes to industry adoption of open source and other tools, techniques, platforms and languages. 

For the last few years he has been working as a coding architect on projects built using microservices; exploring new patterns and ways of working as he goes. James has spoken at a number of UK and international conferences on topics ranging from domain driven design, SOA and the future of the web to agile adoption patterns and lean thinking.

He’s also heavily involved in the fledgling microservice community. He rather likes the fact that he got to describe his take on things jointly with Martin Fowler in an article that is influencing how people see the future of software architecture. Sometimes he blogs at bovon.org

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Session Types

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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.

Hands-On

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.

Tutorial

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.

Workshop

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

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