Chris Shinkle presents Kanban at QCon in San Francisco

November 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — San Francisco, CA-  Chris Shinkle, Development Manager at SEP presented “Kanban and the Dreyfus Learning model” on the Kanban/ Lean Software Development track at QCon this week.

The QCon Conferences are organized by the software community, for the software community. The result of these efforts is a high quality conference experience where a tremendous amount of attention and investment has gone into having the best content on the most important topics presented by the leaders in our community, staged in an intimate environment with the best food and comforts needed to support as much learning and networking as possible. The QCon conferences are taking place twice yearly, in London and San Francisco

Shinkle’s presentation at this conference gives attendees an overview of SEP’s experience adopting Agile practices. Below is the abstract from the program:

In 2004, SEP tried adopting Agile practices. However, Agile failed to have the desired lasting impact across the entire organization. Things changed in 2007, when SEP implemented Kanban for the first time. We will explore how Kanban teams at SEP matured through the lens of the Dreyfus Model for Skill Acquisition. We will examine what this pattern has meant for institutionalization of Lean in the organization. We will discuss a counterintuitive technique for higher success and adoption rates of new methodologies. Finally, we will review common pitfalls teams encountered adopting Kanban.