Lean, Theory of Constraints and Agile

Last month a former co-worker, Tom Looy, gave a presentation at Agile 2009 about taking Lean and TOC to an agile project. I got to have dinner with Tom after his talk and was very excited to hear about his material and disappointed that I missed the talk. Tom was the one who originally turned me on to the Theory of Constraints back when we both worked at ThoughtWorks. He recommended that I read ‘The Goal‘ by Eliyahu Goldratt. The book literally changed my whole way of thinking about systems as a whole, specifically product production.

It was exciting to see how far Tom has taken his ideas. He’s a gifted speaker and teacher and it shows in some of the slides and animations he uses in his talk. Luckily for me ( and everyone ), Tom decided to collect his presentation, shrink it down from 1.5 hours to 30 mins and post is in vimeo:

The Beer Game – Application of Lean and Theory of Constraints Using an Agile Wall Chart from Tacit Knowledge on Vimeo.