Friday, May 15, 2015

Kata: Deploy Continuous Improvement (HP futuresmart firmware)

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A story about how HP improved firmware development efficiency 10 times, while fixing security issues.
Deploy Continuous Improvement - O'Reilly Radar
"Balancing the work it takes to improve capability against delivery work that provides value to customers. ...The researchers concluded that to achieve high performance, companies that rely on software should focus first and foremost on their ability to execute, build reliable systems,and work to continually reduce complexity. Only then will pursuing alignment with business priorities pay off..."

"How the HP LaserJet Team Implemented the  Improvement Kata
The direction set by the HP LaserJet leadership was to improve developer productivity by a factor of 10, so as to get firmware off the critical path for product development and reduce costs.
They had three high-level goals:

  • Create a single platform to support all devices
  • Increase quality and reduce the amount of stabilization required prior to release
  • Reduce the amount of time spent on planning"

Figure 6-3. Single-loop and double-loop learning

The Improvement Kata, courtesy of Mike Rother

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