Thursday, June 03, 2010

InfoQ: The Easy Road to FLOW Goes through a Town named LEAN

A very interesting presentation...

Process of development is different that manufacturing,
so "Toyota" techniques that work for manufacturing ("manual work")
are often counter-productive in development ("mental work")

Design principles of internet have many valuable lessons
for process design...

The key is in using economical value of each task when planning the process.

This keynote explores the foundation that lean manufacturing provides and the key areas that must be extended. Manufacturing tasks are repetitive, homogeneous, and bounded; most development tasks are not. If we seek to achieve flow, the ideas of lean manufacturing are a superb starting point. However, if we think of them as our final destination, they will ultimately only block our progress.