CT-SPIN #59: Kanban for Software Engineering in a Nutshell

The Kanban principles are nothing new, but applying them in software projects is a relatively recent phenomenon. Jaco van der Merwe, from Electromagnetic Software and Systems, will introduce us to the Kanban principles and explain how they fit into the world of the many software processes around.

Slides: Kanban for Software Engineering in a Nutshell (Part 1)

Wednesday, 18th August 2010, 18h15
Bandwidth Barn
Cape Town


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Bandwidth Barn
125 Buitengracht Street
Cape Town

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18:15 Welcoming and Introduction
   Jan Pool
18:20 Kanban for Software Engineering in a Nutshell
   Jaco van der Merwe
19:20 Closing and Thanks
   Jan Pool
19:25 Networking & Discussion


Kanban is a fairly recent and important development in the universe of software processes. Its origins can be found in the Toyota Production System and lean manufacturing. Some of you may ask, “Why do we need yet another software development process?” Others may believe that all that’s required to practice Kanban is to put up a card wall (also known as a kanban board). If you would like to learn what Kanban is REALLY about, then come and listen to this talk. It will describe the essential principles of Kanban. It will also place it in relation to other processes like SCRUM and XP. Irrespective of whether you’ll be convinced of its merits or not, you should walk away with a very good understanding of what true Kanban is.

Speaker Profile

Jaco van der Merwe has over 20 years of experience as both a software developer and the management of complex software projects and products. Some of the projects that he’s managed include the on-board flight software system for a satellite and its mission control system on the ground stations. He currently works at Electromagnetic Software and Systems (EMSS) where he is responsible for two teams that are developing complex technical software products. He has presented several talks at SPINpreviously on topics such as SCRUM, design and software testing.