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The Toyota Way at Codeweavers

by Ben Linders Follow 28 Followers on  Oct 26, 2017

Codeweavers combines the Toyota way with extreme programming and continuous delivery in development and support to do small, frequent releases. The advice to apply the Toyota way is to start with the books, understand the philosophy, and begin teaching it to others.

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Applying Hoshin Kanri at Toyota

by Ben Linders Follow 28 Followers on  Mar 23, 2017

Toyota uses Hoshin Kanri to give direction on where they want to improve using Lean IT. Employees at various levels can exchange ideas about Hoshin items, and potentially get them approved by higher management. This approach makes results stronger and increases buy- in from the employees who contribute upfront.

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Applying Supply Chain Management to Deliver Faster with Higher Quality

by Ben Linders Follow 28 Followers on  Jun 30, 2016 1

Supply chain management can raise the bar with continuous development, argues Joshua Corman, Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative and co-founder of Rugged Software. Our dependence on IT and software is growing faster than our ability to secure it, and applying supply chain approaches to software development helps to address complexity which reduces risks and increases quality.


Toyota Using Waterfall?

by Amr Elssamadisy Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 04, 2010 6

Lean software development has been inspired by lean manufacturing and specifically the work that Toyota pioneered in the field. It is then very surprising to find out that the software development arm of Toyota has been working with waterfall and is in it's infancy in lean software development.


Lean 'Standard Work' Applied to Software Development

by Chris Sims Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 20, 2009 1

One component of the Toyota Production System is the concept of standard (or standardized) work. A recent post on the Kanban Development list asked if this concept carries over when TPS and lean are applied to software projects. Despite the fact that software development is not manufacturing, respondents did find value in applying the 'standard work' concept to development.


Questioning Servant Leadership

by Mark Levison Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 04, 2008 9

Is the role of an agile manager only that of servant leader? Should they ever use traditional command and control tools? Should the agile manager ever wield authority and make demands of the team? Should they ever make changes in the membership?


Fowler: Agile Vs. Lean Misses the Point

by Chris Sims Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 01, 2008 4

In a recent blog post, Martin Fowler explains how the question "Should I use Lean software development instead of Agile?" is based on a false premise. Agile and lean are so deeply interwoven that if you are doing agile you are doing lean, and vice-versa. Those considering process change will likely find the description of the interrelatedness interesting and enlightening.


Presentation: The Development of a New Car at Toyota

by Abel Avram Follow 11 Followers on  Aug 14, 2008 3

In this presentation made during Agile 2008, Kenji Hiranabe talks about Toyota's development process of a new car. Kenji shares his experience meeting Nobuaki Katayama, Chief Engineer at Toyota, and the lessons he learned from him.


Death of Hybrid Camry Chief Engineer is Ruled Overwork

by Mark Levison Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 17, 2008 9

Last month the Japanese labor board ruled that the death of the Chief Engineer on the Camry Hybrid project was ‘karoshi’ (death by over work). This story raised a number of interesting issues about what we can learn from Toyota, sustainable effort and why we develop software.


Agile Kanban: Visual Tracking Beyond the Team Room

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Jan 16, 2008 7

In the beginning Agile was largely a developer-driven initiative, sometimes improving development processes only to find the real bottlenecks lay outside developer control. In his latest InfoQ article, Kenji Hiranabe analyses Lean manufacturing's "Kanban" visual tracking tool, how it differs from the Agile taskboard, and how it helps identify more far-reaching improvements.


Leadership is not Obsolete for Self-Organizing Teams!

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 27, 2007 3

In this talk, software thought leader Mary Poppendieck reviewed 20th century management theories, including Toyota and Deming, and went on to talk about "the matrix problem", alignment, waste cutting, planning, standards and other topics including the role of measurement: "cash flow thinking" over "balance sheet thinking". InfoQ presents video of this popular talk from the Agile2007 conference.


Without a Defined Process, How Will We Know Who To Blame?

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 28, 2007 2

"A fundamental premise of the 'train-wreck' approach to management is that the primary cause of problems is 'dereliction of duty'" said Peter Scholtes in his 2003 book on leadership. Mary Poppendieck's recent article on process, people and systems asked: "Which is more important - process or people?" and showed how Lean is an alternative to certified process improvement programs like ISO 9000.


Incremental Software Development without Iterations

by Amr Elssamadisy Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 05, 2007 3

David Anderson described how his team is using a kanban system for their sustaining engineering (maintenance and bug fixing) activities. Iterations have been dropped although software is still released every two weeks. Work is scheduled, monitored, and run via a "kanban board" and daily stand-up meetings.


Lean Process Works at Toyota USA

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 26, 2006 2

Since the "Toyota Production System" emerged in the late 80's, GM, Ford and Chrysler have applied TPS ideas, but they still trail Toyota. In his article, "No Satisfaction at Toyota," Charles Fishman suggested that the key is in teaching new ideas about what success looks like. It's an interesting read for those thinking about waste reduction in software development.


Presentation: Jeff Sutherland on The Roots of Scrum

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 20, 2006 1

Jeff Sutherland, an Agile Manifesto signatory, ran the first Scrum at Easel Corp. in 1993. At JAOO 2005 he covered the history of Scrum from its inception to its impact at Easel, Fuji-Xerox, Honda, WildCard, Lexus, Google. Along the way Sutherland shared interesting stories & looked at Scrum types A, B, and "all at once" type C, reminding listeners that cultural change is the hard part of Scrum.

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