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Kaizen, Kanban, Lean, DevOps, Software Development, Deming

Kaizen

The Japanese word kaizen simply means "change for better", with no inherent meaning of either "continuous" or "philosophy" in Japanese dictionaries or in everyday use. The word refers to any improvement, one-time or continuous, large or small, in the same sense as the English word "improvement". However, given the common practice in Japan of labeling industrial or business improvement techniques with the word "kaizen", particularly the practices spearheaded by Toyota, the word "kaizen" in English is typically applied to measures for implementing continuous improvement, especially those with a "Japanese philosophy". 1

Kanban

Kanban is an approach to process change for organizations which uses visualization with a kanban board, allowing a better understanding of work and workflow. It advises limiting work in progress, which reduces waste from multitasking and context switching, exposes operational problems and stimulates collaboration to improve the system. Kanban is rooted in two sets of principles, for change management and service delivery, which emphasize evolutionary change and customer focus. The method does not prescribe a specific set of steps, but starts from existing context and stimulates continuous, incremental and evolutionary changes to the system. It aims to minimize resistance to change to facilitate it.

Kanban focuses on the customer and work which meets their needs, rather than individuals' activities. Kanban has six general practices: visualization, limiting work in progress, flow management, making policies explicit, using feedback loops, and collaborative or experimental evolution. They involve seeing the work and its process and improving the process, keeping and amplifying useful changes and learning from, reversing and dampening the ineffective.2

Reading List

  • Difference between Agile and Lean
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer - The Toyota Way reveals the management principles behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability. Dr. Jeffrey Liker, a renowned authority on Toyota's Lean methods, explains how you can adopt these principles - known as the "Toyota Production System" or "Lean Production" - to improve the speed of your business processes, improve product and service quality, and cut costs, no matter what your industry.
  • The Deming Management Method - Whether you are the owner of your own small business, a middle manager in a mid-sized company, or the CEO of a multinational, this book aims to show you how to improve your profits and productivity, following the principles of the Deming management method.
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win - Learn how to recognize problems that happen in IT organizations; how these problems jeopardize nearly every commitment the business makes in Development, IT Operations, and Information Security; and how DevOps techniques can fix the problem to help the business win.
  • The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations - Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices. More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. This non-fiction follow-up to The Phoenix Project shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by demonstrating how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.
  • Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash - In 2003, Mary and Tom Poppendieck's Lean Software Development introduced breakthrough development techniques that leverage Lean principles to deliver unprecedented agility and value.

1 Kaizen. (2017, July 1). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:16, July 7, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kaizen&oldid=788434516
2 Kanban (development). (2017, June 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:40, July 7, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kanban_(development)&oldid=786767251

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