Organizational Alignment

Agile software development has its roots in lean manufacturing originally devised by Toyota in the Toyota Production System (TPS). There are many definitions of Lean, but most of them describe it as a transformation to a culture of continuous improvement that seeks to relentlessly eliminate waste from everything the organization does to deliver products or services to customers, while at the same time working to put in place a continuous process flow for the delivery of value to the customer. There is an important caveat however that needs to be highlighted: sustainable performance improvement cannot be achieved without addressing the entire business workflow – Lean is about working across the entire horizontal business workflow – not optimization of functional silos.

 

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