Second Generation Lean Product Development: Applying the Principles of Flow. With Don Reinertsen

This 2-day workshop will teach you the underlying principles, maths, and practical methods of Agile and Lean Product Development. This is not basic stuff –  it’s an intermediate to advanced class. Don draws upon ideas from a variety of domains including queueing theory, telecommunication network design, economic frameworks, option pricing theory, computer operating systems, and lean manufacturing.

This course provides the underlying scientific and mathematical logic behind smaller batch iterative delivery methodologies, backlogs and cost of delay. If you need to understand Agile to convince or explain to those around you, then this gives you “a rigorous approach to managing product development.”

This course will be led by Don Reinertsen, who barely needs an introduction because many of the scaling agile frameworks have been heavily influenced by his work. His research unlocks the secrets behind successful agile transformations

What you will learn:

You will learn the lean techniques that can provide a quick and lasting return on investment for product development.

  • Developing an Economic Framework: How to quantify the financial impact of improvements in cycle time, cost, and quality.
  • Managing Queues: How to control the invisible and unmanaged queues that hurt cycle time, efficiency, and quality.
  • Understanding Variability: How to reduce the economic damage done by variability while keeping the benefits of innovation.
  • Reducing Batch Size: Using batch size reduction as tool to reduce queues and improve feedback.
  • Applying WIP Constraints: How WIP constraints and other WIP control strategies improve cycle time, efficiency and quality.
  • Controlling Flow: Using cadence, synchronization, and work sequencing to improve flow.
  • Using Fast Feedback: How to design feedback and control systems that make a difference.
  • Decentralizing Control: Balancing the advantages of centralized and decentralized control.

Key benefits of this course:

Through experiential exercises, lectures and facilitated Q&A, you will learn:

  • identify when queues cause economic damage
  • use batch size reduction and WIP constraints to improve flow
  • create fast feedback loops to increase quality and efficiency
  • reduce the economic cost of variability without stifling innovation
  • develop a step-by-step implementation plan to incorporate lean principles into your own development process

Course topics:

  • I – Introduction
  • II – Establishing an Economic Framework
  • III – Managing Queues
  • IV – Exploiting Variability
  • V – Reducing Batch Size
  • VI – Applying WIP Constraints
  • VII – Controlling Flow 1: Congestion & Cadence
  • VIII – Controlling Flow 2: Synchronization & Sequencing
  • IX – Accelerating Feedback
  • X – Decentralizing Control
  • XI – Finding Waste
  • XII – Implementation

Course details

Date: 29th – 30th June 2016
Location: London
Cost: £1,200 – £1,400 (+VAT)

Group rates available. Email

Who Should Attend:

  • You’re a manager who plays an important role in product development
  • If you’re reaching the point of diminishing returns using conventional approaches to product development
  • You wish to quickly get benefits using lean methods


It is preferred that participants have a basic understanding of lean techniques and at least 5 years of experience in product development. Attendees should bring a calculator, since the course will involve some light calculations. The techniques covered are general methods of analysis rather than industry specific rules. Just as physics applies to both large objects and small ones, the methods used in this course can be applied in a wide variety of industries.

Escrum alliance logondorsed by Scrum Alliance

You will be eligible for 16 SEU points from the Scrum Alliance by taking this course.

About the trainer – Don Reinertsendonald:

In the field of organisational change and scaling agile he hardly needs introducing. Don has worked with leading product development organizations for over 35 years and taught executive courses at Caltech for 14 years.

  • The scaled agile framework’s 1st, 6th, 7th and 9th principles are based on his work with quotes on most of the SAFe web pages taken directly from Don’s work.
  • Large Scale Scrum’s Queuing Theory is based on Don’s work; he is quoted numerous times on the LeSS website.

He is the author/co-author of three best-selling books on product development. Don published the bestselling award-winning book The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, which has been praised as, “… quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy.”

His latest book is dense; this workshop is a fast way to quickly understand much of its content – the content that lies behind many scaling frameworks and Lean implementations.

Book This Course

Learn the underlying principles, maths, the practical methods of Agile and Lean Product Development and the secrets behind successful agile transformation with Don Reinersten in London this June.

Places are limited. Book now to avoid disappointment.


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