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    I am now using this blog to re-post some comments I make other blogs. For my full management blog see the Curious Cat Management Blog

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    Lean Software Development

    We have posted on the topic of Lean Software Development previously:

    Lean Software Development: A Field Guide - the first 3 chapters of this new book are available online. Excellent, recommended for anyone interested in lean thinking ideas.

    Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit for Software Development Managers by Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck, 2003.

    Articles on lean programming by the Poppendieck's


    David Carlton has an interesting post on this topic: lean software development.

    I'm not sure what concrete effects it will have on my work in the short-term; for now, I'm going to continue reading about lean, waiting for concepts to sink in and crystallize. I imagine that I'll return to this book in a couple of years and find specific inspirations in it, and indeed that it will have subconsciously inspired me in the interim.

    Software development can be extremely complicated and can benefit greatly from making problems visible - jidoka. Inventory is not the key to hiding problems in software development. It might be in the "production of software" but so much software is "produced" and distributed over the internet without producing inventory etc. that the production step is not the main source of problems and longer (in the past boxed software had the same inventory problems other industries experience today). Yet all of us using software have many experiences with the problems users have with software (often on a daily basis). Lean thinking has a great deal to offer for those involved in software development.

    By the way, if you are interested in lean application development and are looking for a job in the Washington DC area see, job announcement for a programmer, and maybe we can work together - John Hunter.

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