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



Ilan fell in love with programming at age 13, which naturally became his day job. Until one day he realised programming was not fun at a large, process-hungry, organisation. He then fell in love again with “programming” teams and organisations, the Agile way.

Ilan is a co-founder and agile coach at Practical Agile, an Agile consulting firm, and co-founder at Practical Software, a boutique software house. Ilan is a LeSS practitioner, a graduate of the Program of Organizational Development and Consulting in the Psychoanalytical-Systemic approach and a member of Ofek, Organization-Person-Group – the Israeli Association for the Study of Group and Organizational Processes.

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