Jim Benson to Speak Feb 2, 2010 at SeaSPIN on Personal Kanban and Software Development

Tonight Jim Benson will be Speaking at SeaSpin. This talk goes through a project his team did in early 2007 that used a hybrid XP / Personal Kanban approach to managing a widely distributed team and what they learned in "the early days." Here is the write up from the SeaSPIN site.

February 2 Meeting

Construx Software, 10900 NE 8th St Suite 1350, Bellevue, WA

Food & networking from 5:45 to 6:45 (pizza, salad, soda ) Announcements from 6:45 to 6:55 Presentation from 6:55 to 7:55 Doors close at 8:30

Personal Kanban and Kanban for Distributed Teams presented by Jim Benson

Kanban is rapidly gaining popularity in software development. How are teams and programmers migrating from straight agile to Kanban, or to hybrids like Scrumban or Scrow? How has this worked in the past? How do distributed teams make this more challenging? How can managers and teams best apply these new methodologies?

Jim Benson describes introducing both Agile and Kanban to development teams, focusing on a team he led in 2007 which built a complex transportation management prototype using nascent technologies and a team of cowboys – none of whom had used agile or been particularly collaborative before. How did he do this?

The answer: Subversion!

Let Jim take you on a journey of mystery and intrigue as he tells you how he fooled a bunch of programming malcontents into being a Lean, collaborative, highly effective work force.  It’s like the A-Team, but with Skype.