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LSS Reactor Conference 2013


Lean Systems Society YouTube Channel

Videos of the Welcome talk, Keynotes, Focus Talks, Temenos Connections, Summary video, and some briefs from group discussions are now available on our YouTube Channel.
The videos are also in place below and on the Talks pages.

Welcome Video

Summary Video

LSS Reactor Conference Flickr Group

Photos and more from the Lean Systems Society Reactor Conference 2013.

“Deepening our understanding of systems work throughout the world”

Be a part of the most innovative systems development conference of the year. The 2013 LSS Reactor Conference puts the "confer" back in conference. The conference intends to :

Temenos Connections Activity

Temenos Connections is an application of the Temenos Approach that brings alive its rich concepts in a short, energetic burst of human connectivity and exchange for large and medium size groups. At the LSS Reactor Conference we will first visualize and then articulate our personal histories to begin the process of creating the temenos ("social container") of the LSS Community.

Reactor Sense-Making Activity

The Lean Systems Society, in collaboration with Cognitive Edge and you, is conducting a unique activity to deepen our shared understanding of systems work, how to improve it, and thus improve the world. Participants will explore patterns in a body of stories across the great diversity of perspectives in the LSS - the systems thinking, agile, lean and cognitive practitioner and stakeholder communities.

Pre-Conference Story Collection Activity

Whether or not you can come, please share your stories of systems experiences on our collector website.

Sharing your systems experiences and observations is the most-important part of this research. Answering a few follow-on questions will put your experiences in a broad systems context. We've made it quick, easy, and fun to use. The stories you tell are anonymous, and will make a big difference in the future of systems work.

See the Attendees Who Are Coming

Conference Leadership

  • Al Shalloway, Conference Chair
  • Jim Sutton, Program Chair
  • Ryan Martens, Conference Host




Lean Systems Thinking: Can We Change the World?

Steve Bell
Steve Bell
Steve is a founder of to help make Lean Thinking accessible to humanitarian aid organizations, improving NGO efficiency and effectiveness to benefit the 3 billion people living on less than $2 a day.

Towards Humanistic Flow-based Knowledge Systems (Formulating the Mess)

Jabe Bloom
Jabe Bloom
As CTO of The Library Corporation, Jabe is a pioneer in experiment-based management. His ideas have led to innovative applications of lean, kanban and agile principles that increase productivity and employee satisfaction.

Focus Talks

These are short and highly focused talks, in many ways resembling TED Talks® though not affiliated with that organization.

Lean in the 21st Century: New Dimensions

Frode Odegard
Frode Odegard
As founder and CEO of the Lean Systems Institute, Frode utilizes a unique combination of Systems Thinking and Lean to turn ambition into sustainable and quantifiable business results.

Economic Governance of Software Delivery

Walker Royce
Walker Royce
As IBM’s Chief Software Economist, Walker has brought a rational economics-based approach to software and systems development.
Murray Cantor
Murray Cantor
Murray is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the lead architect for Analytics and Optimization products for IBM Rational. He was also the architect of the RUP extensions for system engineering.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain: What Executives Can Learn from Pilots and the War that Wasn't

Hillel Glazer
Hillel Glazer
Hillel has helped companies around the world achieve performance benefits through blending lean & agile with CMMI, ISO 9000, and other regulatory requirements.

Using Systems Thinking to (re)Create Education

Trace Pickering
Trace Pickering
Trace applies lean and agile principles in education, helping school and political leaders understand and implement system methodologies for designing more innovative and future-relevant educational systems.