The classic theory of constraints has been effective for improving the core operations of product delivery systems, but its application to software products is running out of steam - it contemplates a linear system that is fundamentally different from ours, and misses much of the complexity involved in coordinating knowledge work across a network of people, teams, tools and processes.
How do we share knowledge and understanding in a complex network of systems? What does it mean to restrict the creation of value in a transformed organization? How can we more effectively connect our systems so innovation can emerge? To answer questions like these we need to evolve our understanding of what constrains our systems.
We need a new theory of constraints, one that unlocks new approaches for improving flow in our complex environments. In this talk we will explore what constrains a software delivery organization, examine some emerging practices for managing those constraints, and see how we can apply these practices at scale in a large software engineering organization.
What you'll learn from this talk: - Analytic vs. synthetic approaches to managing uncertainty - Different kinds of uncertainty and how they constrain our systems - The misapplication of analytic practices to manage synthetic work - The role of artifacts, network effects and social structures - The emergence of "synthetic management" approaches - A proposal for a new focusing process to find and remove synthetic constraints
Come join John Rauser, Software Engineering Manager at Cisco, to dive deep into those topics on June 19th, 2019.
Thanks Cisco for hosting this event!
Feel free to invite your friends or fellow managers to join us as well.
5:30-6:00p.m. Mingle, food/drink and meet new friends
6:00-7:00p.m. Talk and Q&A
7:00-7:30p.m. Tidy up and chat with your new friends
Location Note Cisco is located on 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2123, Bentall 3 The elevator will be unlocked on the date of the Meetup.
Hosted by: Cisco
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