Leaner Software Delivery

Lean adoption can be planned with four loosely coupled adoption paths: Steer, Develop, Deploy and Operate. In the figure, the gray left hand column represents a stark description of the typical status quo. These are the predominant root causes of inefficiency and ineffectiveness in most organizations. The middle column represents the primary transformation in each adoption path with a differentiating theme of lean adoption:

  1. Steer the product by integrating the riskiest and most valuable elements first.
  2. Accelerate develop and test feedback cycles through agile methods.
  3. Automate the build and release process to enable frictionless deployment.
  4. Collaborate consistently across the software supply chain for holistic efficiencies.


The right hand column illustrates the continuous improvement theme associated with even leaner (i.e., more efficient) and smarter (i.e., more effective) outcomes.

  1. Optimizing decisions with shift-left practices and continuous feedback from honest delivery analytics.
  2. Increasing the predictability of development with more agility, less waste, and product-based analytics.
  3. Improving the transparency of deployment updates with automation.
  4. Improving the continuity of operations with better quality, fewer defects.

We all want to spend less time in overhead like meetings, compliance documentation, late rework, waiting and progress reporting. And, we all want to spend less time in the drudgery of manual tasks that can be automated. By minimizing this waste and by steering with continuous feedback and advanced analytics, we can produce more effective value, and do it more efficiently.

Lean efficiency translates into more effective delivery.

Lean transformation enables more efficient delivery and richer, continuous feedback cycles enable more effective steering.

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