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Make Agile Lean To Boost Business Impact

How Lean Thinking Improves The Effectiveness Of Agile Development

December 17, 2008

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  • By Dave West
  • with Mike Gilpin,
  • David D'Silva

Why Read This Report

Over the past five years, Agile development methods have become very popular, but their adoption can be problematic and difficult. Lean thinking focuses organizations on eliminating waste, motivating cross-functional teams, and delivering just what the customer needs. Agile approaches concentrate on individuals and interactions, delivering software by working very closely with the customer and supporting change throughout. Lean thinking, because of its heritage, appeals to the business; Agile, on the other hand, is an approach that software development teams can understand. Although different stakeholder groups can understand these two approaches, coupling these initiatives improves outcomes for both processes. Business leaders should introduce lean thinking at the organizational or business process level, and leaders of the supporting software development organization should adopt Agile methods in concert. Combining Agile development with lean thinking provides a powerful enabling environment for business change.

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Table of Contents

  • Agile Methods Are Popular But Not Always Successful
  • Lean Brings A Focus On Team, Customer, And Value
  • Lean Thinking Provides The Fuel For Agile Adoption

  • Don't Ask The Business To Adopt Agile Methods

  • Adopting Lean Thinking Reduces The Risk Of Adopting Agile
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