Ilan Kirschenbaum

Practical Agile

Agile Business (L) 2018
Agile Business (L)
Friday 14:00 - 14:45

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Suitable for all

We all want to eliminate waste, but are we doing it all wrong?

In 1959 Izabel Menzies published her seminal paper on Social Systems as a Defense Against Anxiety, based on her research of nurses in hospitals. The findings were ground breaking: nurses unconsciously all but neglected patients!

In this talk we’ll explore real life stories that show how types of waste in a typical software project are irrational forms of behavior that unconsciously impair our desired quality and value. With this in mind we’ll show how types of waste are the result of irrational thinking, and not the root cause of failing projects. Finally, we’ll walk through options to fight off behaviors that result in waste.

  • Short analysis of Menzies’ research
  • Short introduction to the 7 types of waste
  • Introduction of a hypothesis that software professionals unconsciously contribute to producing waste



Since he owned a Sinclair ZX81 Ilan knew he wants to be a programmer. Which he did with great enthusiasm. Until one day he found that the small company he was working for turned into a big, process-rich, document- hungry mammoth. Programming and software projects were not so much fun anymore. Then he found Agile (or rather Agile found him where he worked). The concept reminded him how much fun software development can be. Today Ilan loves helping hi-tech professionals fall in love with their workplace, so they can help their customers love the products that they make.

Ilan is a co-founder and agile coach at Practical Agile, co-founder at Practical Software, graduate of POCD – Program of Organizational Consulting and Development in Psychoanalytical-Systemic Approach, and a member of OFEK – Israeli Association for the Study of Group and Organizational Processes.

You can read Ilan’s rumblings on Agile at


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