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What is Agile software product management – Rich Mironov’s take

In Lean methodology for software and SaaS on January 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm
I went to a great talk on Agile software product management last week hosted by the Software Skillnet.
According to Rich Agile is an umbrella term for various software project management and engineering practices which have the characteristics of being-
  • Iterative and collaborative
  • More frequent delivery of smaller increments
  • Building quality in, not adding it at the end
  • Goal of potentially shippable at every iteration
  • Active user involvement (or customer proxy)
  • Self-managing teams
  • Incremental process improvements

Here are his slides – Agile-Prod-Mgmt-Weds 18th 2012

Ocuco LeanPlus contract awarded to myself and Dr. Peter Middleton

In Lean methodology for software and SaaS, What I'm working on at the moment on November 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Linus Russell (Operations Director, Ocuco), myself and Dr. Peter Middleton (Queen’s University Belfast) at Ocuco’s offices.

Dr. Peter Middleton and myself have been awarded an Enterprise Ireland supported Lean Plus contract to work with the leading Irish software company Ocuco.  Ocuco’s operations director, Linus Russell, is the Lean Champion at Ocuco.

Lean Plus projects are intended to:

  • deliver significant productivity improvement and cost reductions,
  • embed a culture of business improvement and lean techniques to a cohort of trained staff, and
  • introduce a programme to pursue company-wide improvement.

The LeanPlus initiative has major benefits for larger companies with significant operations that are entering a major growth phase.

Ocuco is one of the largest optical retail software companies in the world with offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain and Australia. With 17 years in the optical industry Ocuco is a regular finalist in the Deloitte Fast 50 and the Irish Software Association Awards. Ocuco employs over 140 employees, including 40 developers and 36 technical operations engineers.

Useful resources for Lean Implementation Projects

In Lean methodology for software and SaaS on October 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

Articles: http://www.leanenterprise.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=3

Introduction to Kanban: http://www.limitedwipsociety.org/login/tag/kanban-board/

A visual representation of Kanban in action for software projects: http://blog.crisp.se/2009/06/26/henrikkniberg/1246053060000

 

Images that capture Lean concepts

In Lean methodology for software and SaaS on October 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm

http://www.pixelkated.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/starbucks_commandline_enlarged.gif

http://secondthoughts.typepad.com/second_thoughts/2006/08/whiteboarding.html

 

Enterprise Ireland Lean Guides

In Lean methodology for software and SaaS on October 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

On Monday I attended a workshop organised by the Lean team within the Productivity Department at Enterprise Ireland addressed by Richard Keegan. The EI model contained in the booklets below of the Lean Spiral of Performance is very useful.

EI Becoming Lean v14 _2_

EI BECOMING LEAN case studies cs _4_