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Lean Software Development: Methodology & Implementation

Instructor: Olga Bugajenko

Olga is a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner and has a master's degree in project management.

Can one learn how to develop software by observing a supermarket? Explore the Lean software development methodology and seven principles for its successful implementation.

From Manufacturing To Software Development

The Lean methodology was first introduced in manufacturing by Toyota in their production system back in 1950's, with the main goal of improving efficiency and reducing inventory. The inspiration came to Toyota engineers from observing the workflow of a supermarket. The main characteristics of the Lean manufacturing methodology are a reduction of work-in-progress, frequent transfer of small batches of goods, quick delivery time, and adaptability to change.

These characteristics have proven to be universally applicable and useful, so they are currently applied across several different sectors. In this lesson, we will take a closer look at their implementation for software development.

Principles and Implementation

The implementation of the Lean software development is based on seven core principles:

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