Lean’s major concept is about reducing waste, meaning anything in your production cycle that is not adding value to the customer is considered waste and should therefore be removed from the process. Steven Peeters explains how you can apply Lean principles in an IT environment.
For a modern IT company, innovation is equally critical to the company, its clients and its staff. Jeff discussed the important ingredients needed to create a culture of innovation in an organization. Drawing on his experiences at Thoughtworks Chengdu he examines the importance of leadership, lean thinking, problem solving mindset and people factors in fostering innovation.
Change agents need a “constant stream of high-quality content to support their work” as Vasco Duarte from Happy Melly states. InfoQ did an interview with him on a new publishing business that aims to connect authors with their audience in a sustainable way, and with Jason Little, an author that will be publishing about Lean Change Management.
The Lean Kanban Conference took place in downtown Chicago last week, and InfoQ interviewed David J. Anderson, father of Kanban in the software development industry. 5
At the Lean Kanban conference, InfoQ asked Dr. Arne Roock how a team can evaluate whether Kanban is the right tool, and how to kick it off. Dr. Roock offers some prescriptive advice.
Large enterprises face challenges in innovation, budgeting, and transformation to agile. Principal analyst Michael Azoff explains Ovum’s view on creating an agile enterprise.
Kanban pioneer David J. Anderson recently went to Brazil to present a course on Kanban, and gave a wide-ranging interview to InfoQ Brasil editors. See the major highlights. 1
Most project management offices measure activity to control delivery times. This article argues that tracking and quantifying queues is a better way to improve cycle time reduction and predictability.
Reading is a very widespread way of consuming information about Agile practices, but it is not the only way. Listening to podcasts is an alternative way to increase your knowledge. 2
InfoQ spoke with Yves Hanoulle about the agile and lean mindset, his experiences with pair working, and how he collaborates in the agile community.
This case study describes how Kanban and lean development techniques were used to rescue a distressed project that had violated its budget, schedule, and quality constraints. 13
Kanban raises tough questions on a management and leadership level. Nick tackles the 5 most common arguments against Kanban and how to respond to them. 12