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  • The Three M's - The Lean Triad

    by Roman Pichler on  Feb 27, 2008 8

    The discussion of applying lean principles to software development has largely focused on identifying and eliminating waste (in Japanese: muda). Lean Thinking equally aims to remove overburden (muri) and unnecessary variation (mura). Roman Pichler discusses the relationship of the "three M's" and proposes to eliminate overburden as the first step toward a leaner process.

  • Kanban Applied to Software Development: from Agile to Lean

    by Kenji Hiranabe on  Jan 14, 2008 8

    In this InfoQ article Kenji Hiranabe applies lessons learned while working with Japanese manufacturers. While many Agile teams are optimizing only a portion of the value stream, Hiranabe proposes a simple way to adapt lessons from Lean Manufacturing's "Kanban" visual tracking system to make process visible to more of the organization, for better communication and process improvement.

  • The "Consulting" Contract

    by Michael K. Spayd on  Dec 30, 2007 2

    Coach Michael Spayd tells us that both contractors and permanent employees can play a "consultant" role, and should think about developing consulting contracts or "designed partnerships" with their clients - not about the exchange of money, but to help create stellar results for the client while working in a manner that adheres to their own values and preferences.

Don't Let Miscommunication Spiral Out Of Control

Posted by Joe Rainsberger on  Dec 23, 2007

In this article J. B. Rainsberger looks at at a common holiday season communication problem, and shares one of his secret weapons for team building: the Satir Communication Model. 4

AgileEVM: Measuring Cost Efficiency Across the Product Lifecycle

Posted by Tamara Sulaiman on  Oct 05, 2007

Based on traditional Earned Value Management (EVM) metrics, AgileEVM is adapted for an Agile PM context. It allows Agile and traditional projects to be tracked within a single program. 7

Agile, Architecture and the 5am Production Problem

Posted by Michael Nygard on  Jun 25, 2007

Can refactoring and TDD create “working software” that survives real life? Michael Nygard suggests that "leaky abstractions" ambush us at 5AM when we've paid too little attention to architecture. 25

Agile User Interface Development

Posted by Dave Churchville on  Feb 19, 2007

Agile software development, shunning up-front design, has grown up in parallel to the emergence of "user-centered design," with its detailed user research and modeling. Can these be used together? 7

Interview: Using Agile for SOA

Posted by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Dec 04, 2006

A recent "Agile SOA" project used frequent feedback and a platform that grows as the SOA portfolio grows, to provide early and continuing value. InfoQ interviewed the author of the experience report. 1

Agile Business Rules

Posted by James Taylor on  Sep 04, 2006

Sometimes, a new requirement is actually a changed business rule. James Taylor looks at how a business rules engine can help Agile teams work more effectively in certain situations.

Using Logging Seams for Legacy Code Unit Testing

Posted by Ian Roughley on  Aug 01, 2006

Using logging seams you can easily create unobtrusive unit tests around legacy classes, without needing to edit class logic as well as avoiding behavior changes. 3

Book Review: Collaboration Explained: Facilitation skills for software project leaders

Posted by David Spann on  Jul 10, 2006

David Spann introduces Jean Tabaka's book, in which she shares stories and facilitation techniques to make teams and entire organizations effective, and provides templates to get them started.

Dealing with Legacy Code

Posted by Jared Richardson on  Jun 12, 2006

Take a BAT to the legacy code you inherit: Build, Automate, Test. Jared Richardson shows how to create a safety net, to ensure that your code continues to work the way you want it to. 19

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