Lean Software Development is an iterative Agile Methodology which owes much of its principles and practices to the Lean Manufacturing approach also known as ‘just-in-time production’, and pioneered by Toyota. Lean Software Development is founded on the understanding that the principles of Lean manufacturing and product development methods can apply to software development. Of course, the practices of Lean Software Development and Lean Manufacturing are different but the mindset, the way of thinking, is the same.

Lean Software Development is based on the notions of eliminating waste, any effort that is not of value to the customer, optimizing the whole, going from “concept to cash”, delivering fast, building quality in, respecting people, improving relentlessly and deferring commitment until you know what you need to do.

Lean Software Development Principles:

7 principles of Lean software development methodology are

  1. Eliminating Waste
  2. Amplifying Learning
  3. Deciding as Late as Possible
  4. Delivering as Fast as Possible
  5. Empowering the Team
  6. Building Integrity In
  7. Seeing the Whole

Lean software development is useful to provide insights into how to solve problems both inside and outside of the development organization. Lean Software Development's model of flow, focusing on fewer, smaller things in your development pipeline to get value delivered quickly, suggests that one way to improve your software development value stream is to avoid overloading your development teams. When you consider how many development teams seem to thrash because they are doing too many things at once, you may intuitively get this concept.

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