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Session: Personal Kanban: Optimizing the Individual Coder

Thursday, 13:10 - 14:00
Track: Agile

There are myriad ways to optimize teams, but all too often we ignore the individual. When the individual is overlooked, the software production engine can be severely compromised. In this session, Jim Benson will discuss the application of Personal Kanban to optimize individual workflow, promote cross-team collaboration, and streamline small team interactions.

Personal Kanban promotes the individual effectiveness intrinsic to team success. Participants will explore how individuals as well as teams can use work-in-progress limits, value streams, backlogs, flow, and continuous improvement to build visual time management systems. Constraints, bottlenecks and collaborative opportunities then become clear.  Individual understanding allows team members to make better decisions, effectively implement tasks, help other team members and have more successful releases.

Jim Benson

Jim Benson incorporates his background in cognitive psychology, government, and management to build community through policy, technology, and collaboration. His management consultancy Modus Cooperandi helps organizations change and develop sustainable teams through the application of lean principles, agile methodologies, and social media.

His book Mapping Work | Navigating Your Life: Using Personal Kanban for Life Effectiveness applies lean thinking to daily living.


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