Tue. 11th July: Marcus Robinson and How We Use Value Stream Mapping to Identify Where to Focus to Achieve Maximum Impact and What it Takes to be an Agile Developer with Steve Trapps

Post date: Jun 21, 2017 8:35:53 AM

We're welcoming Microsoft Evangelist Marcus Robinson talking about value stream mapping for July. Organisations exploring what is actually happening during their product development life cycle isn't easy to spot. If they are the focus is more than likely at the development team level. But, there are often huge lead time gains to be made by looking up and downstream and value stream mapping is an excellent way to do this. Marcus is sharing his experiences doing this with clients. Steve Trapps is also back for July to explore the agile developer skill set and traits. Steve is a past winner of our lightening talks competition and always a popular contributor.

Marcus Robinson - How We Use Value Stream Mapping to Identify Where to Focus to Achieve Maximum Impact

Creating a software development Value Stream Map is an exercise to identify delays caused by people, processes and tools. Over the past 12 months I have been running DevOps focused "hackfests" with customers. Prior to each event we meet to create a Value Stream Map of the software development processes.

In addition to improving understanding of the existing state the exercise enables opportunities for improvement to be identified. Given the fact engagements only last for a few days they have been vital in pinpointing which DevOps practices we should focus our effort.

The Value Stream Mapping process has not just been useful for the hackfest but has proved to be an extremely valuable process for all involved.

The value stream mapping exercise wasn't just useful in terms of laying out the technologies and processes. It was also a bit of a trust and familiarisation exercise for the teams and individuals. We found it extremely valuable.

Isolating and realising how much ‘waste’ there was really interesting to me. I knew there was quite a lot but identifying exactly where and how much there was essentially gave us a green light to carry our further work to improve our build system.

During the session I will describe Value Stream Mapping and the process we carry out. I will then present a number of real world case studies and discuss some of the more interesting areas of waste that we have been able to identify.

Bio: An expert in Microsoft cloud technologies who enjoys designing solutions that take full advantage of the latest innovation and follow industry best practice. Currently focused on working with customers and communities who wish to enhance their use of DevOps and OSS technologies on Microsoft Azure.

Twitter: @techdiction Website

Bio: Steve has over 20 years of IT experience in various roles; ranging from being a Head of Technology, to a Scrum Master for various development teams, Technical Architect on high profile projects to a Developer who is just happy to be coding away.

During this time Steve has worked for sector leading companies, BSkyB, Nestle UK, Procter & Gamble whilst also working for small to medium enterprises help them to grow their business by supporting their development processes and the teams within.

Twitter: @stevetrapps Website

Steve Trapps - What it takes to be an Agile Developer

After being a Developer and having worked with some great Developers, Steve will highlight some of the characteristics that he believes a Developer should have when working in an Agile team.