AllanKelly2013lr Allan Kelly

Who are you ?

Allan Kelly – writer, thinker, consultant on IT and Agile or Lean

What do you do for living ?

I’ve never found a job title that really fits me, reluctantly I’ve come to accept the title Consultant, and usually Agile Consultant.

Basically I help teams – usually software development teams – work better. Sometimes that is via straight training, sometimes through advice and sometimes coaching.

What do you want talk about at Lean Kanban France ?

I’m going to talk about planning and guiding work by value, its an extension of the #NoProjects thesis: the project model is the wrong framework for most modern work, certainly for most software development. But if you drop projects how do you think about work? what does done look like? – the answer is an ongoing stream of value.

What will make you say ‘waouh’ at the end of the conference ?

A monkey swinging from the roof

What will make you think that attendees have learnt a lot during your session ?

When they start assigning value points to work items before any attempt to estimate effort

What is your favorite word ?


What is the word you hate ?


What is the sound, the noise that you love ?


What is your favorite oath, swear word or blasphemy ?

« Please hold, your call is important to us »

Who is the man or woman to illustrate a new banknote ?

Tommy Flowers – the telephone engineer who built Colossus which recoded the Lorenz « Tunny » code.

What is the job that you would not have liked to do ?

Forestry ranger – the job recommended by a school psychometric test

If God exists, what would you like, after your death, hear him to say?

« Do you want fries with that? »

What is the question you’d like me to ask you ?

« Please explain why reusable code is a seriously bad idea? »

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