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David Anderson
Gain deep insights from the pioneer who led the revolution in Agile and Lean methodology and created the Kanban method. The interview represent a unique opportunity to hear first-hand how to best utilize these innovations.

David Anderson is a thought leader in managing highly effective knowledge work teams. He is CEO of David J. Anderson & Associates, based in Seattle, Washington, a management consulting firm dedicated to improving leadership in the IT and software development sectors.

David has been part of the agile and lean methodology movement since 1997 when he participated in the team that developed Feature Driven Development at United Overseas Bank in Singapore. He has 26 years experience in the software development starting in the computer games business in the early 1980's. As a pioneer in the agile software movement David has managed teams at Sprint, Motorola and Corbis delivering superior productivity and quality. At Microsoft in 2005, he developed the MSF for CMMI Process Improvement methodology - the first agile method to provide a comprehensive mapping to the Capability and Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

His first book, "Agile Management for Software Engineering – Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results", published in 2003 by Prentice Hall, introduced many ideas from Lean and Theory of Constraints into software engineering. In David's more recent book, "Kanban: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business", he pioneers the Kanban Method for knowledge work.

David is a popular and entertaining conference speaker. He has written or co-authored many articles and papers and is best known for his Agile Management blog. Most recently, David co-authored a Technical Note from the Software Engineering Institute titled, "CMMI and Agile: Why not embrace both!"

He holds a degree in Electronics and Computer Science from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He has six U.S. Patents and another five pending for his work in telecoms and the Internet. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.
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