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LAAPLN Chapter’s Quarterly Networking Event and Wine/Hor’Dourves Reception!


Presentation: Why Kanban Works -- Queueing Theory and the Science of WIP Constraints

Early Bird Registration until 3/20/2011: $10. After 3/20/2011: $15. Registration Fee covers admission, hor'dourves, wine, and non alcoholic drinks.

Event Cost (for walk-ins): $20. Only cash or check will be accepted at the door.

 

Culver Events Center
11948 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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6:00 PM to 6:45 PM:

Registration, Drinks and Hor'dourves, Seating

6:45 PM to 7:00 PM: Welcome - Mark Layton, LA APLN Chapter Chair
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM: "Why Kanban Works -- Queueing Theory and the Science of WIP Constraints"
8:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Q & A
8:30 PM + Networking Reception


Why Kanban Works -- Queueing Theory and the Science of WIP Constraints

Orthodox product development deals inelegantly with the problem of variability. It creates bloated plans, celebrates repeatability, and hides variability underground in buffers. And lean manufacturing, which suggests we should eliminate as much variability as possible, provides little help. Unfortunately, with innovation comes uncertainty in outcomes, and eliminating all uncertainty will eliminate all innovation.

Fortunately, there is a better approach, and it underlies the explosive growth of Kanban systems in software development. Lurking behind Kanban systems is the science that makes them work: queueing theory. It shows us how to design processes that function well in the presence of variability. In this presentation Don Reinertsen will introduce you to a bit of the science that makes WIP constraints work. He will explain why WIP control approaches that work perfectly for the repetitive, predictable flows of manufacturing must be modified to handle the non-homogeneous flows of product development.

Don is a leading expert on Lean Product Development and is author of several best-selling books on product development including, "The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development." This book has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.” 

Wine and hors d'oeuvres were included in admission.

This meeting was sponsored by Rally Software.


 
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