Creating an Integrated ICT Value Stream Using Lean & Agile Thinking

In this unique one-day seminar, Stephen Parry and Grant Rule take an in-depth look at how software delivers value to stakeholders, and how to design a system of work aligned to optimise the value delivered.

The IT Function is well-placed to help organisations benefit fully from applying Lean principles. But success depends on aligning all the steps in the value stream.

If you integrate Lean service and Agile development to support each other, you’ll be able to deliver the radical improvements in service, quality and development time that our current tough climate demands.

This exclusive event shows you how using Agile and Lean thinking together can completely and permanently transform your IT function.

The seminar will cover:

  • What Lean is and how it relates to IT. We consider the implications of adopting a Lean strategy and the impact this has on process, decision-making and management
  • The organisation’s sourcing strategy, and how Lean thinking creates a more outcome-focused partnership
  • How Lean enables Six Sigma, ITIL, CMMI and other continuous improvement methods to really deliver business benefit
  • What we mean by Lean and what we mean by Agile. How to map the application development value stream and identify useful measures of value delivered
  • How to engage with key stakeholders and gain understanding of their perception of value
  • How to use visible measures to eliminate waste and build sustainable, collaborative and mutually beneficial management processes
  • Ensuring change “sticks”. How to build a body of experience for the guidance of future project teams and continuously improve the effectiveness of your people

Who will benefit?

IT Directors, Managers and CIOs will benefit from this seminar, as will COO’s and operations managers.

The Facilitators:

Stephen Parry is a passionate leader recognised internationally as an authority on the creation of Lean Service Enterprises. He has applied ‘Lean Service’ principles to the design and operation of corporations around the world. He is the author of ‘Sense and Respond, The journey to Customer Purpose’ (MacMillan 2005) and founder of See Business Differently, Europe’s leading Lean Service specialist, providing services to many FTSE 500 companies.

Stephen’s transformation work is the feature of a BBC documentary, ‘The Crunch’ Creativity, Innovation and Change, last broadcast in April 2007, and is often interviewed on national media for his views on outsourcing and customer service issues. Stephen is also a visiting fellow to the Lean Enterprise Institute Boston.

Grant Rule is founder of the SMS Exemplar Group, which partners businesses and public services to deliver better value to their stakeholders by implementing lean, more agile practices. Grant is a recognised authority on Lean workflow design, and software metrics. He has contributed to numerous national and international professional bodies concerned with software development standards.

He is a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the Intellect Government Group, an NCC ITDA Assessor and a member of the BCS PROMS-G committee.

Grant worked with Ken Dymond to introduce the Software Engineering Institute’s ‘Capability Maturity Model’ (CMM®, forerunner of the CMMI®) into the UK. He was using iterative delivery methods before the term ‘agile’ was coined.