In the past few years, we’ve seen the emergence of serious initiatives in understanding and exploiting the connection between Lean Thinking and Agile methods. Here are some of the interesting efforts (of which I’m aware):
1. Experts like Mary and Tom Poppendieck and Bob Charette have been preaching the value of Lean Software development for many years.
5. There’s now even a Lean-Agile-Scrum user group, hosted by Alan Shalloway of NetObjectives.
So, what’s all the (growing) excitement about? My experience has been that Agile methods can be scaled up to the enterprise with hundreds of projects using Lean techniques. Also, within projects and processes, Lean Thinking can help identify and reduce waste. Finally, Lean Thinking can serve as a management philosophy – one that perfectly aligns with the Agile ethos of customer value, self-disciplined teams, small batch delivery and continuous improvement.
I’m happy to share it with you now to help illuminate what we see as the connections between Lean and Agile.