New Zealand's Russell Healy and American Richard Hensley Win 2011 Lean Software and Systems Consortium Brickell Key Award

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Pair are honored for contributions to Lean and Kanban methods for software and systems engineering.

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 b

What he has done with his group could be used as the “poster child” proving the points that CMMI and Lean principles are not mutually exclusive, that they are, in fact, quite complimentary to one another.

Two established global leaders, Russell Healy of New Zealand and Richard Hensley of the USA took home the top honors as 2011 Brickell Key award winners at the Lean Software and Systems Conference (LSSC) last month in Long Beach, CA.

This year’s event was the second year for the Brickell Key Awards, which was created to recognize outstanding achievement and community contribution in the field of Lean and Kanban methods for software and systems engineering. The Brickell Key Awards was named for the location of the first Lean Software and Systems Conference (then called the Lean and Kanban Conference) in 2009, held in Miami, Florida at a resort hotel in the Brickell Key area.

Russell Healy of New Zealand is an active leader and practitioner of Lean and Kanban for IT organizations in Australasia. He made a significant contribution to the uptake of Kanban around the world with the introduction of the GetKanban board game he created. The GetKanban game, which simulates a Kanban workplace experience, has been widely adopted as a training tool by consultants and coaches worldwide.

Russell Healy was also honored for his work using Kanban methods to assist the relief efforts after the major 2011 earthquake in Christchurch. Following the earthquake, the Ministry of Social Development was directed to administer emergency funding to employers, employees, and sole traders unable to work, but its systems were not capable of doing so. A project team was formed but ran into numerous challenges due to the emergency situation. Russell Healy introduced a Kanban system to the project team, in which all work items are made visible and the work is limited to, in this case, 2 tasks per person at any given time. The team began creating an average of two software releases per day.

Within the first week of operation, the system had distributed $53 million dollars in emergency relief payments. By the end of the third week, it had dispensed $145 million dollars in support of New Zealanders in the most desperate circumstances.
Richard Hensley of the USA is AVP of Software Engineering at McKesson Health Solutions. In his role with McKesson, Richard advanced his team to a capabilities maturity level (CMMI) of 3 with the aid of Kanban for software and systems development. Certified CMMI Lead Appraiser Jim Shaver said, “What he has done with his group could be used as the “poster child” proving the points that CMMI and Lean principles are not mutually exclusive, that they are, in fact, quite complimentary to one another.”

Richard is also noted for his data-backed, experiment-friendly management work and his willingness to share his learning with the wider Kanban community. He has advanced the lean community’s belief in evidence over theory.
Before the winners were announced, attendees watched a presentation summarizing the contributions of each nominee together with short personal interviews about their views about how Lean and Kanban is changing the world of software and systems development. The presentation, including the videos, can be accessed at http://lssc11.posterous.com/2011-brickell-key-award-nominee-banquet-prese .

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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