Lean vs Agile

Post by Scott Vlaminck

I personally haven’t heard this question before, but Martin Fowler mentions that he has been asked whether a team should use agile development or lean development for a project. The answer is that they’re not alternatives.

Lean development is a type of agile development.

In fact, Mary and Tom Poppendieck title their book “Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit.” And the introduction describes the book as a set of thinking tools for translating lean principles into effective agile practices.

In his post, Martin refers to Richard Durnall’s thoughts on using lean principles with agile projects, which I also enjoyed.

The better question is, how many lean principles are appropriate to implement for this project?

About Scott Vlaminck

believes software development is more about people than technology; believes in agile processes; software developer, engineer, designer, architect, or whatever they're calling us these days; enjoys discussing software design; working on a program to write other programs (but it hasn't written itself yet).
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3 Responses to Lean vs Agile

  1. fsilber says:

    The article would have been more useful if it had included a definition of Lean software development (rather than merely a vague allusion to Japanese automobile manufacturing processes), or at least a link to an article defining Lean software development.

  2. fsilber, for more in-depth discussion about lean development than the two posts linked to, I highly recommend reading some of the essays by the Poppendiecks. Here are a few (from their Essays section):

    - Lean Development
    - Lean Programming
    - Principles of Lean Thinking (pdf)
    - Lean Software Development – From a Developer’s Perspective (pdf)

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