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Darren Kuik & Ryan Weppler

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 4

In our previous series of articles, we discussed the seven original types of waste and addressed common ways that they manifest as well as potential ways to prevent or remove them.  Sometimes they can be easily identified but very often it takes some insight to truly understand where the problem lies.  This is when specific knowledge or experience can be beneficial to allow for the deeper understanding which is required in order to recognize the…

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 3

In Part 2 of this series, we looked at the effects of three additional types of software development waste — Motion, Defects, and Extra Processing. In the final installment of this series, let’s examine the last two types of waste — Waiting and Transportation — and see what can be done to identify and reduce (or eliminate) them. These two types of waste are often very closely related. Transportation Transportation waste is accumulated when either a…

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 2

In Part 1 of this series, we examined how to identify two types of software development waste – Over Production and Inventory – and how to reduce them.  In Part 2, we’ll look at three more types of waste – Motion, Defects, and Extra Processing – that often arise from the waste discussed in Part 1 and how we can address them in our software development processes. Motion Motion is work that takes more effort than it…

Work Smarter Not Harder How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work

Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Deliver Faster While Doing Less Work — PART 1

Every software development process, whether it is highly formalized and structured, post-it notes and napkin diagrams, or anything between, always leads to the same questions. Are we providing the most value we can? Can our team be more efficient? The Lean manufacturing process has spent considerable time identifying causes of and solutions to waste of time and resources. This same analysis can be applied to the software development process to remove wasted work and increase…

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