Ever been confused by people saying “this is Lean” or “that is Lean” or “we should actually be using a cyclometric value-stream set-based burndown kanban for this”? I have, so I thought I’d write a quick pared-down cheat sheet to explain exactly what Lean is. A lean version of Lean, if you will.
At the very least, Lean is seven principles which, we’re told, we should apply to making software.
- Eliminate waste
- Amplify learning
- Decide as late as possible
- Deliver as fast as possible
- Empower the team
- Build integrity in
- See the whole
The first principle is fundamental.
List taken from Lean Software Development.