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The Product Development Team and the Voice of the Customer

June 14, 2006 — Posted by Jim Trott

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If there is one thing that was drilled into my head in my Lean Six Sigma training, it was the ultimate importance of the Voice of the Customer. If this was important for manufacturing and service efforts, it is even more so for software development. We cannot provide good value to customers without knowing what it is that customers want or need. And if we aren’t providing good value, why do the work?

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Agile Project Management Is Good – But It’s Not Enough

June 13, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

When many companies decide to go Agile, they do so out of the realization that the usual approach – gathering most of the requirements and doing most of the analysis at the start of the project – is not working very well. And, too often, it leads to projects that seem to get out of control.

So, it is natural to see the difference in Agile methods mainly in terms of its project management, especially “two week iterations.” Many Agile methods seem to emphasize this project management viewpoint. Get the project management right, and everything else will follow, right?

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Lean Product Development is the Right Approach for Software Development

June 6, 2006 — Posted by Jim Trott

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Toyota can bring new products from initial concept to the production floor in 18 months while other manufactures may take twice as long. Some software companies seem to have a knack for understanding what customers really want while others go through many versions to get something that merely works.

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People and process Continued

June 6, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I put my earlier post on people and process on the LeanDevelopment user group. Some interesting comments have ensued, along with my response (included here). You'll get the jist of my points just reading below, but if you'd like, see the entire thread starting at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/leandevelopment/message/887?l=1

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Only Degrade Your Code Intentionally

June 4, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I know this sounds like a funny thing to say - only make your code worse when you mean to. But think about the alternative - make your code worse without meaning to!

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