The Lean Software and Systems Consortium Announces New Program to Improve Understanding of the Impact of Kanban on Software Development

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Composed of representatives from leading kanban tool vendors and industry experts, the program working group delivered preliminary design concepts as an early outcome from its inaugural meeting in Long Beach, CA immediately preceding the 2011 Lean Software and Systems Conference (LSSC11)

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The Lean Software and Systems Conference emphasizes Lean concepts representing the next wave of ideas in methods, process and organization for software and systems engineering.

Kanban systems are providing an unprecedented level of information, enabling teams and managers to improve their processes and achieve greater productivity, responsiveness, and improved time to market.

The Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LeanSSC) announces the formation of the Kanban Benchmarking and Research Program. Composed of representatives from leading kanban tool vendors and industry experts, the program working group delivered preliminary design concepts as an early outcome from its inaugural meeting in Long Beach, Calif. immediately preceding the 2011 Lean Software and Systems Conference (LSSC11).

Kanban systems are providing an unprecedented level of information, enabling teams and managers to improve their processes and achieve greater productivity, responsiveness and improved time to market. Since the introduction of kanban systems for software development in 2005, organizations around the world have reduced rework, removed bottlenecks and streamlined workflows.

Teams are currently using kanban tools resulting in the passive gathering of valuable data. The new Kanban Benchmarking and Research Program seeks to aggregate this data and make it available for research, analysis and benchmarking purposes. It is anticipated that academic researchers and industry analyst firms will utilize this data to better understand how teams react to the visualization of work and the impact of incremental positive change.

The goals of the Kanban Benchmarking and Research Program include:

  • Create an anonymous data repository to be curated by the LeanSSC;
  • Provide concrete evidence of the positive impact provided by kanban systems on software and systems development; and,
  • Enable researchers to quantitatively answer questions about the impacts of implementing kanban systems in software and systems development.

Users of the participating kanban tools must “opt in” to have their data included in the Benchmarking and Research Program.

About the Lean Software and Systems Consortium
The Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LeanSSC) is a non-profit organization of corporate members, academic institutions, and industry leaders who share the belief that the science of lean offers benefits to software intensive industries. LeanSSC’s mission is to promote professionalism and create awareness of lean science and associated competencies through community, communication and education. The LeanSSC is based in Washington, USA.

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Kelly M. Wilson
Software Engineering Professionals
Four Center Green – Suite 400, Carmel, IN 46032
317.843.1640 Ext. 2050
kelly (at) sep(dot)com

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