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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

High-Performance Product Development

Large organizations often struggle with the software part of product development when they attempt to create innovative services and products, Obstacles they face are often related to organizational culture and project/program management paradigms that do not take advantage of the unique characteristics of software. In this tutorial session—designed for directors of IT, program/project managers, and software professionals—Jez Humble describes how large—and small—organizations can take a lean approach to developing new products and run large scale product development programs. Jez shows how to grow a company culture that empowers its people to turn software into a competitive advantage. He presents the principles and tools that enable a disciplined, scientific approach to product development, including hypothesis-driven delivery, lean UX, and impact mapping. To illustrate these principles, Jez uses case studies from organizational units that have successfully applied lean principles at scale in the context of software delivery. He includes data from a research program, in which he is participating, which is investigating IT organizations to determine how to build high-performance teams.

Jez Humble
Jez Humble & Associates LLC

Jez Humble is co-author of the Jolt Award winning Continuous Delivery, published in Martin Fowler’s Signature Series (Addison Wesley, 2010), and Lean Enterprise, in Eric Ries’ Lean series (O'Reilly, 2015). He has consulted for many Global 500 companies to help them achieve technical excellence and deploy a culture of experimentation and learning. His focus is on helping organizations discover and deliver valuable, high-quality products. He teaches at UC Berkeley.