The 2009 Lean Kanban conference took place May 6th thru 8th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. The two and half days featured the latest developments in the application of Lean Thinking to software development. The latest thinking in applying Lean techniques like Kanban to shorten cycle time and deliver more value from your software projects was presented. Attendees mixed with the experts and practitioners who use these ideas every day in organizations around the world.

The lineup comprised the largest group of Lean and Kanban innovators, leading edge practitioners, and influential thought leaders ever assembled to share their thoughts, experiences, and ideas on successfully applying Lean techniques to software engineering and project management. The conference was a unique opportunity to meet with and learn directly from industry luminaries and practitioners using these ideas every day in organizations around the world.

Attendees learned the latest thinking in applying Lean techniques like Kanban and Lean-Agile to deliver more value from software projects by improving delivery reliability, cycle time, productivity, and quality to deliver more value from their software projects. Numerous case studies from diverse market segments – from financial to manufacturing, from the games industry to news media and publishing were shared from practitioners in the field at Robert Bosch, Motley Fool, and others.

“With the tightening economy, monetizing the software development process is becoming a top priority,” said David Anderson, event organizer “If you’re serious about adopting or scaling Lean and Kanban practices you can’t afford to miss the advantages of attending. We’ve assembled the most experienced and knowledgeable group of experts for this conference to help companies increase value throughout their software development process. The conference agenda will be fun, rich, and engaging for engineers, managers and executives – learning and mixing with the best collection of experts ever assembled in one place — sharing and innovating together will be an amazing experience.”

“We’re thrilled to be the title sponsor and participate in this event,” said Alan Shalloway, conference keynote speaker and CEO of NetObjectives, Inc. “It really is a very rare thing to have so many of the best and brightest in one place at one time for one reason – The conference will help companies gain substantial advantages in succeeding in their Lean and Kanban initiatives.”

During the conference we announced the formation of the Lean Software & Systems Consortium that will focus on providing a formal professional qualification within the software industry.

Also as an outcome from the conference, an informal Kanban community has formed, the Limited WIP Society. Why not start a local chapter in your city?