Lean Thinking

Written by Published in Scrum

I recently checked back in on a team I had started up a while back. Over the months since I had set them free they had made a few modifications to the process and in doing so had fallen into one of the most common traps I have seen teams fall into - they had made it all about the developers.

Written by Published in Agile

The key to Agile and Lean methodologies is “the rapid delivery of customer value”. Anything that does not add value is considered waste. In Agile, value is often defined as “working code” but this is too narrow a definition. It assumes that the only stakeholders that matter are the end users of the software and that the only product the team needs to produce is the software.

Written by Published in Lean

OK... Imagine for a moment that I have three tasks that I need to do. Each task will take one week. The deadline to complete them all is three weeks. They are all equally important.

Written by Published in Agile

Some agile teams do well. Many don't. In my experience, there is one consistent thing that separates the teams that succeed from those that fail and that is sound engineering practices. Foremost among those sound practices is Test First (or Test Driven) design.

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