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The Agile Developer's Handbook

By : Paul Flewelling
Book Image

The Agile Developer's Handbook

By: Paul Flewelling

Overview of this book

This book will help you overcome the common challenges you’ll face when transforming your working practices from waterfall to Agile. Each chapter builds on the last, starting with easy-to-grasp ways to get going with Agile. Next you’ll see how to choose the right Agile framework for your organization. Moving on, you’ll implement systematic product delivery and measure and report progress with visualization. Then you’ll learn how to create high performing teams, develop people in Agile, manage in Agile, and perform distributed Agile and collaborative governance. At the end of the book, you’ll discover how Agile will help your company progressively deliver software to customers, increase customer satisfaction, and improve the level of efficiency in software development teams.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Introducing some Lean thinking to improve flow

So far, we've looked at breaking work down into small chunks. We've also looked at how we can better inform the work that we carry out by shifting left the activities that we have traditionally neglected until the end of our development cycle.

Now we will apply some Lean thinking to see how we can improve the flow of work.

Just as a refresher, in Chapter 2, Agile Software Delivery Methods and How They Fit the Manifesto, we discussed the key tenets of Kanban/Lean, which are:

  1. Make the work visible so that we can inspect and adapt.
  2. Break down work into similar size units, to smooth flow and reduce the "waste of unevenness."
  3. Limit our work in progress so that we focus on improving our end-to-end flow.

In the following section, we talk specifically about how we enhance flow through our system, but first let&apos...