A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.
~ Chinese Proverb ~

Training: Lean Software Development

Mary Poppendieck

Tom Poppendieck

Software is the heart and soul of a vast number of products and business processes; every year the ability to develop robust software systems quickly and reliably becomes more critical to the world economy. Yet all to often companies use software development processes that were born when systems were coded in assembly language and computer hardware was more expensive than programmers' salaries.

Today we have pervasive internet, omnipresent social media, big data, and massively scalable hardware. These advances have flourished largely outside the realm of traditional software development practices, and they call into question the conventional wisdom of what it means to develop, scale, and maintain excellent software-intensive systems.

It's time to re-think our approach to software development processes, our perception of the people who create software, and our governance systems. This two day workshop presents an alternate framework for thinking about developing software-intensive systems - one based on Lean principles and focused on innovation.


  • 12-13 June 2014


  • Krakow, Poland


Mary Poppendieck has been in the Information Technology industry for over thirty years. She has managed software development, supply chain management, manufacturing operations, and new product development. She spearheaded the implementation of a Just-in-Time system in a 3M video tape manufacturing plant and led new product development teams, commercializing products ranging from digital controllers to 3M Light Fiber™.

Tom Poppendieck has over 25 years of experience in computing including eight years of work with object technology. His modeling and mentoring skills are rooted in his experience as a physics professor. His early work was in IT infrastructure, product development, and manufacturing support, and evolved to consulting project assignments in healthcare, logistics, mortgage banking, and travel services. Tom holds a PhD in Physics and has taught physics for ten years.

Mary and Tom have pioneered the application of Lean Thinking to software development and documented their principles in books: Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, published in 2003, its sequel, Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash, published in 2006, Leading Lean Software Development: Results are Not the Point in 2009, and The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions in 2013.

For the last several years they're helping companies around the world implementing Lean principles by providing lectures, training and coaching.


  • Early birds: 3000 PLN or 715 EUR net (till April 11, 2014)
  • Regular: 3400 PLN or 815 EUR net (till May 21, 2014)
  • Late booking: 3800 PLN or 915 EUR net (from May 22, 2014)

Price includes:

  • Cost of two-day training led by two trainers
  • Training materials in electronic format
  • Lunches and coffee breaks

Number of seats limited.


  • Build the Right Thing
    • Beyond Requirements
    • The Roles of Engineering & Design
    • Feedback: Lessons from Lean Startup
  • Build the Thing Right
    • Learn to See Waste
    • Mistake-Proof the Process
    • Map the Value Stream
  • Focus on Flow
    • Manage Workflow
    • Limit Work-in-Progress
    • Increase the Pace of Delivery
  • Build the Right Organization
    • Motivation
    • Leadership Roles
    • Multi-Disciplined Teams
  • Learn to Improve
    • Improvement Kata
    • The Coaching Role
    • Problem Solving


By attending this course you will learn:

  • How to discover what customers really want.
  • Who should design/engineer solutions to customer problems.
  • How to look at your process from a customer's point of view and identify waste.
  • What's wrong with software testing and what you have to do to fix it.
  • What organizational structures are most likely to foster innovation.
  • Scheduling strategies that permit confident promise-dating and reliable delivery.
  • Tools for problem solving that everyone in the organization can use.
  • Leadership roles that work - from the perspective of followers.

Intended audience

This course is intended for managers, leaders and all people involved in making decisions about how software-intensive products are developed.

No special knowledge is required, however you will be asked to read short articles and watch videos on each topic prior to the workshop - come prepared for thoughtful discussion!


  • 2 days (16h)

Additional Information

Mary and Tom website offers videos, podcasts and essays on Lean Software Development.


In order to register you can either fill in the registration form, send e-mail to register(at)procognita.com, or call +48-606-136-296.

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