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Julian Bass is researching how communities adapt and use digital technologies. He has published findings in ICT for International Development, agile software development methodologies and socio-technical systems engineering (See Citation List).


Dr Bass is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at University of Salford, Co-Chair of the IFIP Working Group Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2017 and a Senior Editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC).


Julian was formerly secretary of the IFIP Working Group on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries.

Previously Dr Bass was the Higher Education IT Advisor at the Higher Education Strategy Centre (an agency of the Ministry of Education) in Ethiopia.

He co-authored and edited the national Computing Guidance Notes and Benchmark document now in use in the country.



Improving writing processes using lean and Kanban

  • Concepts from lean manufacturing and Kanban production can usefully be applied to writing for academic publication.
  • Value and pull focus the author’s attention on the needs of reviewers, editors, and readers.
  • Value stream and flow emphasize an end-to-end process of prioritization, writing, editing, revision, resubmission, and publication
  • Perfection places emphasis on publication quality.
  • A Kanban board is advocated to plan and monitor the writing and publication lifecycle.
  • Julian’s experience shows a steady improvement in output rankings and researcher reputation metrics over a four-year period.

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