In the world of software “revolutions” emerge nearly every month. Each shift in IT, it seems, whether in ways of development or management of software projects, gets labeled a “breakthrough”, which turns the term into a buzzword, stripped of any meaning. However, every once in awhile, important innovations do appear on the web, and it’s hard for them to cut through all the noise to grab your attention.
Therefore, today, we’ll introduce one of them: lean software development – a ground-breaking methodology that has completely reshaped the whole value stream in IT and yet, unfortunately, remained obscure to a lot of entrepreneurs.
The concept of lean, in general, was pioneered by Toyota, the Japanese automotive giant, as a mean to reduce waste in manufacturing; but soon grew explosively popular and was adapted, among others, to various competencies in IT business.
Lean development as a separate methodology came to us from the book by Tom and Mary Poppendieck and now is expanded upon by the ever-growing body of literature.
Overall, there are 7 principles to Lean software development, each aiming to quicken delivery and bring higher value to end-user:
Although lean software development introduces a customer oriented, flexible system to software development, it’s people who actually make it work. Therefore, look for expertise when hiring a team to build your application; professionals, who are committed to a continuous improvement, and qualified enough to embody the core values of Lean methodology – delivering as much value, in the shortest amount of time and in a most efficient way possible.
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