Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Agile Fireside Chat

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Agile Fireside Chat

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You've got agile and lean questions, and Mary and Tom Poppendieck want to answer them for you. They won't really be sitting by the fire, but they will be on hand to talk about all things Lean and agile. Mary has been a programmer, IT manager, and product champion, and is well known for the Lean Software Development books that she wrote with her husband, Tom. Tom has been in computing for 25 years, working with healthcare, logistics, mortgage banking, and travel services, and he holds a Ph.D. in Physics. Bring your questions and be ready for a lively, interactive discussion.

Mary Poppendieck
Poppendieck, LLC

Mary Poppendieck’s first job was programming the #2 Electronic Switching System at Bell Labs in 1967. She has worked on systems that control roll-goods processes, interpret digitized images, and support statistical process control. She spearheaded the implementation of a just-in-time production system and led new product development teams, commercializing products ranging from digital controllers to lighting systems. Mary is a popular writer and speaker and co-author of the book Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, which was awarded the Software Development Productivity Award in 2004. A sequel, Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash was published in 2006. A third book, Leading Lean Software Development: Results are Not the Point was published in November 2009, and a fourth book, The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions was published in 2013.

Tom Poppendieck

Tom Poppendieck has 25 years of experience in computing including eight years of work with object technology. His modeling and mentoring skills are rooted in his experience as a physics professor. His early work was in IT infrastructure, product development, and manufacturing support, and evolved to consulting project assignments in healthcare, logistics, mortgage banking, and travel services. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Physics and has taught physics for ten years. He is the co-author of four books: Lean Software Development, 2003, Implementing Lean Software Development, 2006, Leading Lean Software Development, 2009, and Lean Mindset, 2013.