Lean Coffee
Mia Horrigan
Director ICT Strategy and Advisory
Services
Zen Ex Machina
zenexmachina.wordpress.com
Lean
• Production practice that considers expenditure of
resources for any goal other than the creation
of value for the e...
Lean Goals and Strategy
• Improve quality: Understand what customers' wants
and needs and design processes to meet their
e...
Need to be able to Recoginise Waste
• If some activity could be bypassed or the result could
be achieved without it
• Part...
Value Stream Mapping
• Analyse and design flow of materials and information
required to bring a product or service to a co...
7 Lean Principals
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Eliminate waste
Amplify learning
Decide as late as possible
Deliver as fast as possible
E...
What is Lean Coffee?
• Structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants
gather, build an agenda, and talk
• Discussion is...
Talk about what is Relevant to the
Team
Replaces standard meeting model where someone
shows up with a literal "agenda" tha...
How did Lean Coffee Start?
• Started in Seattle in 2009. Jim Benson and Jeremy
Lightsmith wanted to start a group that wou...
Why Lean Coffee?
•
•
•
•
•

Newly forming team
Customer not happy with time delays
Quality issues
Low morale
Wanted an inf...
Vision and Values
• Fitted in well to vision and values:
“deliver maximum value to our
customers as efficiently as possibl...
Our First Lean Coffee
All you need to start:
• Good Coffee
• Table
• Post-it notes & pens
• Interest
Getting Started

http://leancoffee.org/
What to Discuss?
• Everybody writes down
topics they'd like to discuss
on stickies placing them in
the centre of the table...
Vote

www.zenexmachina.com
Talk
• Start having a conversation
• It’s really is that simple
• The power is that we now have a list of topics
everyone ...
Roman Vote
At the end of 5 mins do a
Roman Vote
Up = Keep talking
Middle = Unsure
Down = Next topic

www.zenexmachina.com
Take notes of the discussion

http://seattle.leancoffee.org/page/2/
Let’s have a Lean Coffee

www.zenexmachina.com
The Mechanics of it All
• We spend 2 mins writing down topics people want to
discuss
• We spend 2 - 5 mins minutes letting...
Applying Lean Coffee to our Work
• Implementing
Scrum
• Restructuring into
multidisciplinary
teams
• Kanban Boards
• Scali...
The Lean Lab

www.zenexmachina.com
Our Lean Lab Kanban Board

www.zenexmachina.com
Benefits of Lean Coffee
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Talk about what is important to my team
Team decides how long we discuss each top...
Summary

www.zenexmachina.com
Fin

@miahorri
zenexmachina.wordpress.com
Mia Horrigan
Mia.Horrigan@zenexmachina.com

http://www.slideshare.net/miahorri
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Lean Coffee is an structured but agenda less meeting that allows participants to gather, build and talk.
Our implementation of Lean coffee was a way to informally discuss what was important to the team and look at ways to improve our efficiency, effectiveness and processes within the service delivery team

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  • In summation, Value Stream Mapping leads us to a somewhat startling, but potentially profound and insightful conclusion:The amount of touch time (value added) in software development is only a small portion (5-10-20%) of the overall time it takes to deliver software to our customers.Indeed, in one analysis we did, reducing the time it takes to develop and test the software for a new feature from 4-6 months to zero, would only reduce the actual time to market for new features from 22-16 months! Clearly, focusing only on software development activity in that enterprise will not produce the business results sufficient to assure survival. You have to take the larger view and focus on the delays.Therefore, we consider Value Stream Mapping to be an essential part of the Lean Thinking Manager-Teacher’s tool kit, and it should be applied routinely to help the enterprise more assuredly achieve the sustainably shortest lead time.
  • There are currently dozens of Lean Coffees happening world-wide, including Seattle, San Francisco, Stockholm, Toronto, Boulder, New York City, and now Canberra.
  • Everybody writes down topics they'd like to discuss on stickies placing them in a column in the center of the table.
  • Everybody writes down topics they'd like to discuss on stickies placing them in a column in the center of the table.
  • Lean Coffee

    1. 1. Lean Coffee Mia Horrigan Director ICT Strategy and Advisory Services Zen Ex Machina zenexmachina.wordpress.com
    2. 2. Lean • Production practice that considers expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination • “Value" is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for www.zenexmachina.com
    3. 3. Lean Goals and Strategy • Improve quality: Understand what customers' wants and needs and design processes to meet their expectations and requirements • Eliminate waste: Waste is any activity that consumes time, resources, or space but does not add any value to the product or service www.zenexmachina.com
    4. 4. Need to be able to Recoginise Waste • If some activity could be bypassed or the result could be achieved without it • Partially done coding eventually abandoned during the development process • Extra processes and features not often used by customers • Waiting for other activities, teams, processes • Defects and lower quality • Managerial overhead not producing real value www.zenexmachina.com
    5. 5. Value Stream Mapping • Analyse and design flow of materials and information required to bring a product or service to a consumer http://scaledagileframework.com/value-streams/
    6. 6. 7 Lean Principals • • • • • • • Eliminate waste Amplify learning Decide as late as possible Deliver as fast as possible Empower the team Build integrity in See the whole www.zenexmachina.com
    7. 7. What is Lean Coffee? • Structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and talk • Discussion is directed and productive because the agenda is democratically generated
    8. 8. Talk about what is Relevant to the Team Replaces standard meeting model where someone shows up with a literal "agenda" that frequently keeps a lot of relevant and important information from arising www.zenexmachina.com
    9. 9. How did Lean Coffee Start? • Started in Seattle in 2009. Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith wanted to start a group that would discuss Lean techniques • Wanted a group that did not rely on anything other than people showing up and wanting to learn or create • There are currently dozens of Lean Coffees happening world-wide, including Seattle, San Francisco, Stockholm, Toronto, New York City, and now Canberra www.zenexmachina.com
    10. 10. Why Lean Coffee? • • • • • Newly forming team Customer not happy with time delays Quality issues Low morale Wanted an informal session to discuss: – What’s happening – How we can be more efficient and effective – How can we make our processes better www.zenexmachina.com
    11. 11. Vision and Values • Fitted in well to vision and values: “deliver maximum value to our customers as efficiently as possible” www.zenexmachina.com
    12. 12. Our First Lean Coffee All you need to start: • Good Coffee • Table • Post-it notes & pens • Interest
    13. 13. Getting Started http://leancoffee.org/
    14. 14. What to Discuss? • Everybody writes down topics they'd like to discuss on stickies placing them in the centre of the table • These can be literally whatever people want to discuss or follow a theme • Each topic is briefly described by its writer http://leancoffee.org/
    15. 15. Vote www.zenexmachina.com
    16. 16. Talk • Start having a conversation • It’s really is that simple • The power is that we now have a list of topics everyone at the table is interested in and is motivated to discuss www.zenexmachina.com
    17. 17. Roman Vote At the end of 5 mins do a Roman Vote Up = Keep talking Middle = Unsure Down = Next topic www.zenexmachina.com
    18. 18. Take notes of the discussion http://seattle.leancoffee.org/page/2/
    19. 19. Let’s have a Lean Coffee www.zenexmachina.com
    20. 20. The Mechanics of it All • We spend 2 mins writing down topics people want to discuss • We spend 2 - 5 mins minutes letting people explain their topics (15-30 secs each) • We vote on which topics to discuss in what order. Each person gets 3 votes • We start talking. We let the conversation run for 5 minutes per topic, at the 5 minute mark we take a show of thumbs (up, down, neutral) to see if we want to stay on this topic or move on www.zenexmachina.com
    21. 21. Applying Lean Coffee to our Work • Implementing Scrum • Restructuring into multidisciplinary teams • Kanban Boards • Scaling Agile • Contributing to the Lean Lab www.zenexmachina.com
    22. 22. The Lean Lab www.zenexmachina.com
    23. 23. Our Lean Lab Kanban Board www.zenexmachina.com
    24. 24. Benefits of Lean Coffee • • • • • • • • Talk about what is important to my team Team decides how long we discuss each topic Sharing experiences and challenges We are solving problems together Collaboration and team building Visual No preparation required Free coffee on the boss! www.zenexmachina.com
    25. 25. Summary www.zenexmachina.com
    26. 26. Fin @miahorri zenexmachina.wordpress.com Mia Horrigan Mia.Horrigan@zenexmachina.com http://www.slideshare.net/miahorri
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