AgileByExample 2020

Tom Poppendieck

Tom Poppendieck has 25 years of experience in computing including eight years of work with object technology. His modeling and mentoring skills are rooted in his experience as a physics professor. His early work was in IT infrastructure, product development, and manufacturing support, and evolved to consulting project assignments in healthcare, logistics, mortgage banking, and travel services.

Tom holds a PhD in Physics and has taught physics for ten years. He is the coauthor of four books: Lean Software Development, 2003. Implementing Lean Software Development, 2006. Leading Lean Software Development, 2009 and Lean Mindset, 2013.

Keynote— Resilience is not a Luxury

Digital disruption has hurt a lot of companies: Film companies like Kodak and Fujifilm, Telecom equipment companies like AT&T and Erickson, mainframe companies like UNIVAC and IBM. The companies that survived – Fujifilm, Erickson, IBM – quickly exited their failing businesses and found ways to redirect their expertise and assets toward new markets. The story was the same during the upheaval of the pandemic: many companies saw their business vanish; the resilient ones rapidly shut down failing operations and directed their smart people and unique assets toward solving new problems.

This talk is about the traits of resilient organizations – the ones that are ready to take the lemons life hands them and make lemonade.