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Lean principles applied to software development – avoiding waste

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Author(s): Ionel NAFTANAILA | Paul BRUDARU

Journal: Economia : Seria Management
ISSN 1454-0320

Volume: 12;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 162;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Lean | software development | agile methodologies

ABSTRACT
Under the current economic conditions many organizations strive to continue the trend towards adopting better software development processes, in order to take advantage of the numerous benefits that these can offer. Those benefits include quicker return on investment, better software quality, and higher customer satisfaction. To date, however, there is little body of research that can guide organizations in adopting modern software development practices, especially when it comes to Lean thinking and principles. To address this situation, the current paper identifies and structures the main wastes (or muda in Lean terms) in software development as described by Lean principles, in an attempt to bring into researchers’ and practitioners’ attention Lean Software Development, a modern development methodology based on well-established practices such as Lean Manufacturing or Toyota Production System.
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