LSSC’12 Report Wrap-up

I wrote in my previous post that I wasn’t done yet with my LSSC’12 conference report, but I haven’t blogged in a while and it has been more than two months since the conference ended, so I guess I was done. So, this post is going to be a quick wrap-up of what I haven’t written in my previous blog posts about this conference. And those posts can be found here, here, and here.

Lean Coffee

Lean coffee is becoming increasingly popular at conferences and it was a must-do at the main lean software development conference, of course. Lean coffee is a way to moderate a meeting using a Personal Kanban board. The basic form of a lean coffee kanban board is: ready – talking about (WIP limit 1) – done. There are some nuances to moderating a lean-coffee meeting, but I’ll talk about them in a separate blog spot.

Anyway, if you showed up in the LSSC’12 cafeteria at 7:30am, one hour before the daily announcements and the keynote, you had a chance to participate in great discussions with some of the leading Lean thinkers and practitioners. By the third day of the conference, Lean Coffee expanded to four tables.

Lean coffee at LSSC'12

Lightning and Ignite Talks

Each day of the conference program allocated half-hour to six five-minute lighting or ignite talks, eighteen such talks throughout the conference. Four of the eighteen speakers were Canadian and they all hit the ball out of the park. All chose one point or story to talk about, didn’t speak too fast, trying to cram as much as possible into five minutes, and thus made their talks very clear. These four speakers were:

There were also memorable talks by Liz Keogh about complexity and The Rhythm of the Board brought from Italy by Gaetano Mazzanti – a Kanban board that plays music as cards move across it so that you can hear, not only see important patterns.

There were also great keynotes, extending the trend of inviting speakers from outside IT and software development to challenge the audience with ideas from their fields. I cannot possibly cover everything in my blog spots, so I’ll end this post with a number of useful references:

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