October: Spice up your Java development with a little Kanban

To improve our livelihood, we constantly seek better tools, frameworks, libraries, and skills, and in Javaland, we are spoilt for choice. However Russell believes that without some consideration of how we are working, we may be missing out on some opportunities for improving our productivity, and reducing our stress levels.

You've probably heard of Scrum. Kanban shares some similarities, but really operates in a different paradigm. Kanban has as its twin goals: better economic outcomes and better sociological outcomes. It's simple, context sensitive, and highly effective.

Russell has produced a business board game to illustrate the concepts of Kanban. He was an invited speaker at the Lean Software and Systems Consortium conference in Atlanta this year, and he has joined David Anderson as an Associate. David is to Kanban as Rod Johnson is to Spring - he wrote the book! Russell is now running his own consultancy, helping software development teams in the adoption of Kanban, and having lots of fun doing it.

Come and see how concepts you're already familiar with, such as IP Networking, operating system scheduling, and queue management are now being applied to the way we work. Note the similarities of highly variable work.

To be honest, the link with Java is a little tenuous, but it should be an interesting presentation, and it's likely you'll find something in it you can apply to your work and/or personal life.

Speaker: Russell Healy

Russell was a regular participant of the Wellington JUG until he got caught up in management. He's over that now, and has struck out on his own, peddling a fancy new way of running software development teams, known as Kanban.

When

Wednesday, October 27: 5:00 for 5:15 - 6:30pm

Where

This meeting is hosted by:
Equinox
Level 5
Equinox House
111 The Terrace (or 222 Lambton Quay through Amazon)
Wellington

The Java User Group thanks our host!

Date:
Wednesday, 27th.
October, 2010

Time:
5.00pm for 5:15 - 6:30pm

Venue:
Equinox
Level 5
Equinox House
111 The Terrace (or 222 Lambton Quay through Amazon)
Wellington