Linda Cook

Kanban Day May 7th Presentation:

Crack That “WIP” – Introducing Kanban into an Organization


Limiting work in progress runs counter to most developer’s instincts. We typically strive to react to the needs at hand, work in parallel when possible and quickly shift tasks when blocked, putting it off to be dealt with later or better yet, by someone else. Additionally, company cultures tend to reward a “just get it done” attitude which can be directly at odds with what’s currently in progress. At The Motley Fool, we’ve introduced a Kanban process in two contexts: An IT infrastructure team and a website development team. By focusing on these cases, we will discuss how Kanban was introduced what aspects of Kanban were successful, how the process evolved, what failed and how we addressed the team’s resistance to limiting work in progress.

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Bio Linda Cook

Ms. Cook has over twenty years’ experience in the IT industry, she has held positions from developer, forms designer, data modeler, analyst, tester, to methodology lead. She has worked in a variety of industries, including financial systems, insurance, education, research, manufacturing, and IT consulting. She has mentored colleagues, established formal and informal training programs, and established/improved the processes of numerous software development teams during her career. Ms. Cook received her bachelors’ degree from the College of Notre Dame in Business Management with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She is a certified ‘Scrum Master’ with the designation of ‘Practicing’, and is active in the international Scrum community. Ms. Cook is a member of the Agile Alliance, and the Project Management Institute, active in the Baltimore Chapter. Ms. Cook is co-chair of the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) Maryland Chapter. Ms. Cook was the coordinator of parent/teacher education for Computer Mania Day 2006 held by the Center for Women in Information Technology (CWIT) at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Ms. Cook has helped many companies implement SCRUM, Agile Project Management, Kanban, and several Lean-Agile techniques.