PROGRAM OVERVIEW: http://less2010.leanssc.org/program/

Agile software development changed the way the software development is perceived today. The journey continues now in the new era where the software business meets software practice in a novel way. We are proud to present the first International Conference on Lean Enterprise Software and Systems (LESS) in collaboration with the Lean Software and Systems Consortium. The journey starts from Helsinki, Finland in October 2010. LESS joins three strong communities together to form a platform for innovative ideas and future developments.

LESS is a new conference in the field of software engineering and software business. It appreciates the cross-disciplinary nature of our field and therefore joins three strong communities together to form a platform for innovative ideas and future developments. We foster the interaction by joining agile software development experts with the well developed lean product development community coupled with innovative ideas nurtured by the beyond budgeting school of thought.

LESS is organized in collaboration with the Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LeanSSC). The LeanSSC is a global, non-profit organization, who’s vision is to create a professional community by becoming the preferred provider of information about lean software and systems development. Its mission is to promote and create awareness of Lean Thinking applied to software and systems engineering and associated competencies. In doing so, the LeanSSC hopes to be the locus for advanced thinking on applying lean to software& systems development and to promote professionalism and adoption of these ideas.

We are proud to invite you to this conference and be part of this exciting and growing community of impacting the future of software business and practice!


The overview of the conference can be found here:


The LESS 2010 has three key tracks


  • Professor Deborah Nightingale (Professor of the Practice of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems; Co-Director, Lean Advancement Initiative)
  • Dr. Martin Curley Director (IT Innovation, Intel Corporation)
  • Professor Duc Truong Pham (Professor of Computer-Controlled Manufacture and Founder Director of the award-winning Manufacturing Engineering Centre at Cardiff University.


LESS2010 will also have other world-renowned speakers as part of
parallel tracks in the conference.

These include for example (but see the web page for many more):

  • David Anderson
  • Bjarte Bogsnes
  • Peter Bunce
  • David Joyce
  • Ken Power
  • Alan Shalloway
  • Marko Taipale
  • Alisson Vale
  • Kati Vilkki

And LESS 2010 includes presentations from Cisco, it-agile, Nokia, NSN,
Handelsbanken, mobile.de, Siemens, Statoil and many more.


The conference proceedings is published with Springer Verlag LNBIP series.


The LESS 2010 conference is sponsored by Reaktor (Title Sponsor), Tekes, Tivit, University of Helsinki, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, IEEE Software (Media sponsor)


Program Chairs:

  • Pekka Abrahamsson, University of Helsinki, Finland and
  • Nilay Oza, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Organizing Chairs:

  • Fabian Fagerholm, University of Helsinki, Finland and
  • Petri Kettunen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Lean Product Development and Innovation track chairs:

  • Jayakanth “JK” Srinivasan, MIT, USA and
  • Karl Scotland, Rally Software, UK

Scaling agile towards lean track chairs:

  • Vasco Duarte, Nokia, Finland and
  • Kieran Conboy, NUI Galway, Ireland

Beyond Budgeting track chairs:

  • Peter Bunce, Beyond Budgeting Partnership LLP, UK and
  • Bjarte Bogsnes, Statoil, Norway

Executive track:

  • Frances Paulisch, Siemens


Lean product development and innovation:

Lean and Innovation have both been touted as transformational strategies that are essential to long term survival of organizations. Lean Product Development brings the two constructs together to gain competitive advantage. The traditional academic and practitioner literature still remains partitioned into the two streams of lean transformation and innovation. The classical lean transformation ideas stem from three books: Machine that Changed the World, Lean Thinking, and Lean Enterprise Value. This has evolved from being
product/customer focused to being truly multi-stakeholder, and enterprise value centric. This evolution provides an opportunity to understand and critically assess the coupling between lean enterprise thinking and innovation. The four factors that Van de Ven identified in 1986 as being key to successful innovation, namely, the human problem of managing attention, the process problem of managing good ideas into good currency, the structural problem of managing part-whole relationships, and the strategic problem of institutional
leadership, remain relevant today. In this track, we will focus on the application of lean enterprise ideas and principles to the innovation process. The areas covered will include idea generation, new product/service development, sustainment, and retirement.

Scaling agile to lean:

Many software teams adopt agile without any significant challenges or problems presenting themselves. However, scaling agile to large development groups, and even further beyond the team to the organizational level pose very significant difficulties. It is difficult to know how to tackle large development groups, to enable agility at the portfolio level, to enable large scale distributed
software development, or to make software development an efficient part of the larger Product and System Development process? In this track we aim to document some of these key challenges and consequences as well as present studies and findings from industry and academia on how to tackle these key challenges.

Beyond Budgeting:

Beyond Budgeting is a “grass-root” movement of companies that are leaving traditional management practices, including budgeting, for more flexible and dynamic management processes built on a positive view on people. The Lean & Agile principles have much in common with Beyond Budgeting. Lean & Agile challenge traditional beliefs about how best to run business support projects, while Beyond Budgeting challenges traditional thinking about how to best run organizations. Both arrive at very similar conclusions. Complex knowledge
organizations operating in uncertain and dynamic environments need agile and flexible processes, supporting fast and value driven decisions. The Beyond Budgeting movement believes that organizations only will realize the full potential from Lean & Agile when this becomes the way we run our business and organization, and not just in our projects.


Please visit the conference website for more information (http://less2010.leanssc.org/)

Inquiries can be sent to less2010conf@yahoo.com

We look forward to hopefully seeing you in Helsinki Oct. 17-20, 2010 for LESS 2010 !