The Lean Systems Society (LSS) has named 3 new non-voting members to the Managerial Board and created the Fellows’ Community Council.
Jim Benson, Alan Shalloway, and Jean Tabaka have been selected as non-voting Managerial Board members of the LSS. Voting members of the Managing Board remain Jim Sutton (President), Karl Scotland, and Richard Turner.
Jim Benson is an agile and lean thought leader, whose background includes psychology, urban planning, government technology planning, software development, and corporate change management. In 1999, he started his software development company, Gray Hill Solutions, which successfully undertook agile projects for government clients. In 2008, he launched Modus Cooperandi – a company designed to develop new collaborative processes and tools for knowledge workers. One of these tools is Personal Kanban, designed specifically to bridge the gap between team and team member. Modus has worked with startups, Fortune 10 companies, and world governments. Jim also has launched Kaizen Camp – an interdisciplinary Lean thinking conference scheduled in cities around the world through 2013.
Alan Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to enterprise-wide lean and agile methods. Alan has developed training and coaching methods for Lean-Agile that have helped Net Objectives’ clients achieve long-term, sustainable productivity gains. He is a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide. He was a co-founder and board member for the Lean Software and Systems Consortium.
Jean Tabaka, Agile Fellow with Rally Software, is continuing on her 30-year path of learning about software development principles, processes, and practices for people. She seeks a humane approach to bringing high value to our communities of creators and consumers. This has led her to move into disciplines that reach beyond traditional Agile or Lean frameworks. This has included systems thinking, complexity theory, design thinking as well as work in empathy and vulnerability in organizations. Jean holds a Masters in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of “Collaboration Explained” and a variety of articles on Agile, organizational change, team dynamics, Lean thinking, and other associated topics. Jean blogs at www.rallydev.com/agileblog and can be followed on twitter as @jeantabaka. When home in Boulder, CO, she’d invite you over for some wine and some music while gazing across her backyard over a Flat Iron Mountains sunset.
The Community Council (CC) has been created to facilitate and amplify the progress on systems theory and applications made by the community and its Fellows. It will coordinate and shine a light on activities of the LSS Fellows and provide direct support for LSS initiatives, including:
- Limited WIP Society
- Conference and workshop recognition and participation
- Brickell Key and new Fellow candidate selection
- LSS publications and outreach.
Jim Benson will chair the Community Council and provide CC representation on the Managerial Board. The new CC members selected are Robert Charette, Hillel Glazer, Richard Hensley, Curtis Hibbs, Michael Kennedy, Liz Keogh, David Snowden and Yuval Yeret.
LSS congratulates the new leadership and is thrilled with the breadth and depth of experience they bring to the Society.