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The Lean Change Method: 1000 Mile View

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Why Lean Change? There are number of key risks to any change initiative faces, the lean change method is an attempt to provide agile change agent with tools and techniques to help manage those risks. Perhaps the biggest challenge any significant change faces is one of resistance. A combination of fear, resentment, and simple inertia causes groups of people to ...

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Refining a Change Canvas to Represent a Minimum Viable Change

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Using a change canvas helps change agents deliver on the first promise of the Lean Change method, that change be negotiated. Following the principle of negotiated change, successful change requires that both change agents and change recipients engage in a cocreative process ensures that any suggested change meets the particular needs of the people being asked to change. The use ...

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Predictability – Making Promises you can Keep

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Speed – being first to market, rapid innovation and conducting fast cheap experiments – is critically important to startups and many high tech firms. This is where Lean Startup ideas and Continuous Deployment come in. And this is why many companies are following Agile development, to design and deliver software quickly and flexibly, incorporating feedback and responding to change. But ...

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Sooner or Later: Deliver Early or Minimize Waste

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There’s an obvious but important tension in Lean/Agile development around when to make decisions. Between the fundamental Agile position that we should do the most important and most risky work first, and the Lean argument that we should make decisions at the last possible moment. We need to decide early and try things out, iterate to minimize risk and time ...

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Lean IT fundamentals & principles

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The roots of Lean IT are – as the name suggests – in Lean Management. The basic principles of Lean Management had been developed in Toyota’s Production System, that was built back in the 40s of last century. Lean IT is really nothing new, but as an application or adaptation of the basic principles of Lean Management to software development ...

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Infrastructure, Technical Debt, and Automated Test Framework

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I’ve had several conversations in email and with clients recently that have all been about this question: “What do we do about our infrastructure?” Either the project or the program has to create/update/upgraded their architecture or automated test infrastructure, pay down technical debt, or somehow do something that’s not part of a story. And, that’s the part where I say, ...

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