TUP Event – An IJI Day in Beijing

Dr. Ivar Jacobson was invited to present the keynote at this year’s TUP conference held on December 10, 2011, in Beijing, China. TUP (Technology/User Experience/Product) includes a series of events hosted by CSDN, the biggest IT community in China. The speakers invited for these events are famous IT experts; and attendees are IT and management people who are interested in IT product development.  I was very pleased to present lean and agile development sessions along with Dr. PanWei Ng at the conference. With three IJI members presenting it became an IJI day at TUP 2011.

Dr. Jacobson presented “Liberating the Essence from the Burden of the Whole: A Renaissance in Lean Thinking”. Ivar’s lively and TUP Event   An IJI Day in Beijingengaging session clearly demonstrated to attendees the new reasoning around lean and that to stay lean you need to stay lean from the beginning of a project rather than trying to eliminate waste later.  By presenting three case studies representing business, software product and process method, Ivar demonstrated the concept of a “kernel” --representing the essence of something as a good starting point for most things you build.  You start lean and you stay lean throughout the life of what you build.

Proven in many practical situations, the kernel concept provides the ability to scale up the use of agile approaches whilst maintaining control and visibility. Essentially, a kernel is composed of executable things, a blueprint, and principle and core values and these should be identified for anything we build.

The Kernel Further Explained by Dr. PanWei Ng

Following Ivar’s presentation, my fellow colleague Dr. Ng spoke about the kernel in more detail. He explained how one can use an agile approach with cards, which represent key elements originated from the kernel.  Panwei leveraged several case references to demonstrate to the audience that the kernel is not a concept; it is already widely in use at IJI consulting projects.

Use-Case 2.0

Following my two esteemed colleagues, I presented Use-Case 2.0. During my session, I attempted to provide a vivid example of how an existing practice can evolve to support a more agile way of working. A key feature of Use-Case 2.0 is “use-case slices”. These slices allow analysts, customers and developers to get what they need and the transformation from requirements to development becomes smoother.  Use-Case 2.o can support Scrum, Kanban seamlessly, and this facilitates the scaling of an agile approach possible.

The event attracted more than 350 attendees and was held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.  The atmosphere of the conference was very warm. After the speeches, the audience showed much interest in the kernel, cards and Use-Case 2.0, and raised many questions. Due to the time limit, the host had to stop the questioning and announce the closure of the conference. The event will definitely increase the awareness of IJI in China, and let more people know about IJI’s role in agile development.

I look forward to the next TUP event.