Lean & Lego - Building the Millennium Falcon

A session at Agile Peterborough: Agile on Tap

Do you know what high performing agile teams get up to in their time off? They use a lean process to build the largest lego set ever produced of course.

In this talk we explore what happened to these intrepid engineers as they self-organised themselves into a lean, mean, lego-building machine. Along the way, exploring key concepts from lean software engineering including cycle-time and throughput, continuous process improvement, stopping the line, work-in-progress limits, Systems Thinking and the Theory of Constraints.

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

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James Lewis

Principal Consultant, Thoughtworks

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Date Wed 20th March 2013

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