Understanding Lean and Agile

Using Lean and Agile for real results in your organisation

Why Lean and Agile matter

Lean and Agile are a set of organisational tools to improve how you work.

With a rich history of almost 60 years, Lean is a set of principles and a mindset that comes from the manufacturing sector. Lean has been successfully applied to the information sector, and leads to a much higher effectiveness in most businesses that adopt it.

With its roots in the software development industry Agile is an approach to product development that embraces change and flexibility by putting people first. It has been widely adopted in its original industry, and the lessons of Agile are starting to reach other sectors.

Together, Agile and Lean can show you a new dimension to your work and your company, and lead to actionable insight about your work.

What you'll learn

Learn the LEAN and AGILE principles.

Differentiate between the underlying principles and the many practices

Learn effective LEAN and AGILE practices for your business.

Discover a clear implementation path for LEAN and AGILE in your organisation.

Is this workshop for you?

Have you been frustrated by the lack of transparency in the work your team is doing? Have you struggled to understand why a project was late or how to make the best use of your limited time?

This workshop is for team leaders or managers who have experienced the common problems that face company projects: missed deadlines, incorrect estimates, or products that the customers don't want.

Welcome and Introductions

We'll go through our respective backgrounds and the current problems we're facing and hoping to solve.

Principles of Lean and Agile

In this session, we'll discover the fundamental principles of Lean and Agile, go through the history of both movements and learn about key figures and big ideas.

Case Study: Identifying Principles

We will review a case study and identify the underlying principles from Lean and Agile that apply to the situation. We will collectively come up with a set of recommendations, then look at the actions that were actually taken and their results. We will review how the principles of Lean and Agile apply in this situation.

Applying Agile

In this session we will take a deeper look at the Agile principles and common practices. We will identify several common implementations and practical adoption examples.

Case Study: Agile in Practice

We will review an Agile adoption case study and devise solutions to the issues the company was facing. We will then review our proposals for the impact they would have had against the real world outcome.

Applying Lean

In the afternoon, we will begin by taking a look at Lean in practice, concentrating on adoption in the knowledge industries. We'll take a look at real waste reduction practices put in place in industry. We'll also take a look at the deeper fundamental roots of Leans with a quick detour into queueing theory to understand the theoretical underpinning of Lean.

Case Study: Lean in Practice

We'll look beyond the theory to a real case study of Lean adoption, coming up with proposals for a case study and then comparing our solutions to the real outcomes.

Practical Exercise

To cement our knowledge of Lean and Agile, we'll carry out a practical group exercise that will force us to apply the Lean and Agile principles to a simple hands-on task. We'll try different approaches to solving the problem and consider how the Lean and Agile principles and practices affect the work.


Both to reinforce our knowledge and to apply the principles we have learnt, we will carry out a group retrospective of the day. The discussion will focus on how we can apply the lessons to our daily work.

Written Evaluations

In order to capture the knowledge from the day, we will complete a written evaluation of the material and carry out a short writing exercise.


We can also run this workshop at your location. Get in touch for details.

The workshop will be held at Ideaspace West in Cambridge.

We also provide this workshop and others at your company premises.

Contact us to arrange a workshop at your venue.


  • Ideaspace West, Hauser Forum, Cambridge
  • workshops@decacoder.com


Just in case we haven't answered everything yet

Where is it?

Eagle Labs, Chesterton, Cambridge

When is it?

28 October 2016

What should I bring?

No equipment needed. We recommend you bring your favourite notepad and pen :)

Do I need to prepare?

Nope but it will be helpful if you have experience in a team environment that you can draw from for insight. We also recommend that you come with an idea of the biggest pains and obstacles that you and your team are currently facing, so that we can direct the discussions in a way that is most relevant to you.

Is there parking?

Yes, Eagle Labs provides parking for visitors.


« Brice is an amazing coach, with that rare combination of real technical experience and strong communication ability which is so hard to find. His workshops on agile development were powerful, compelling, and relatable. They effectively helped our team shift not only our processes, but our fundamental mindset about how we approach development cycles. We have seen a huge boost in productivity since working with his team. »
Toby Norman CEO of Simprints Technology
Brice Fernandes

Brice Fernandes

Founder and Director SigmaForge

Brice is an online course instructor, startup coach, and entrepreneur. His technology background includes Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, physical simulations, natural language processing, anomaly detection in real-time and embedded development. Brice has acquired a depth of knowledge through his experience working with start-ups. He was selected to be a startup coach at Accelerate Cambridge, a program at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School where he coached 40 entrepreneurial teams on a regular basis. Most recently, Brice was a coach and mentor at the prestigious Ignite program at the Judge Business School.