Room 7

17:40 - 18:40 (UTC+02)

Talk (60 min)

Lean & Lego: Building the Millennium Falcon Redux

Do you know what high performing teams get up to in their time off? They use lean product development techniques to build one of the largest lego sets ever produced obviously.


In this talk we explore what happened to this bunch of intrepid engineers as they self-organised themselves into a lean, mean, lego-building machine. Along the way exploring key concepts from lean software engineering including cycle-time, the importance of batch size to throughput, continuous process improvement, stopping the line, work-in-progress limits, Systems Thinking and the Theory of Constraints.

So, have you ever been a child? Ever played with lego?

If so, come along and learn how Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Chewie turned 5000 bits of brick and a 300 page manual into a ship that can do the Kessel run in less than 10 parsecs…

James Lewis

James Lewis is a Software Architect and Director at ThoughtWorks based in the UK. He’s proud to have been a part of ThoughtWorks’ journey for fifteen years and it’s ongoing mission of delivering technical excellence for its clients and in amplifying positive social change for an equitable future. As a member of the ThoughtWorks Technical Advisory Board, the group that creates the Technology Radar, he contributes to industry adoption of open source and other tools, techniques, platforms and languages.

He is an internationally recognised expert on software architecture and design and on its intersection with organisational design and lean product development. As such he’s been a guest editor for IEEE Software, written articles, delivered training and spoken at more conferences than he can remember.