Evolution of a lean development process

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I scrawled this in a notebook at the Tully’s Coffee in Wallingford a couple of years ago, but it still seems about right. I was working through the steps for introducing a lean development process. That is, there’s no magic wand that you can wave over your team to make them lean, and you can’t do everything all at once. You have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is: match your current work-in-process to your current capacity. Of course, your current capacity will be defined by whatever you have the least of. Shorthanded on testers? Analysts? Your first step is to subordinate your current work-in-process to that resource. Only then can you begin a controlled and systematic expansion of your productive capacity.

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