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Time
3 hours 55 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
4
Video Transcription
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>> Hello and welcome to Lesson 3.2: Lean.
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I am your instructor Cane,
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And let's go ahead and get started.
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If you remember from the beginning of
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the course when we talked about some of
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the Lean methodologies that were
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made popular during the 1980s and '90s.
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It was the idea that we had
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individuals that were part of
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the manufacturing process that would actually,
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from within the process itself or room,
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they would see areas for improvement,
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and to reduce cost that it takes to produce items.
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In Agile [NOISE].
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When we started talking about Lean Agile.
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We're focusing on that same concept,
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but we're bringing it to software development.
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The goal of Lean is to make
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the software development process
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itself sustainable to minimize
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the cost to that development process.
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It can use additional types
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of flavors of Agile like we talked about before.
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If it works, then it's good,
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I guess is the best way to think
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about it in some cases with Agile.
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You can over layer and modify
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these different frameworks in order
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to find the right style of Agile for you.
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Like Scrum, we have a lot of customer feedback.
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We are looking at,
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including the customer in the process.
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We can even use Scrum or Kanban boards
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or other things when we're actually doing a project.
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The difference is that when we sit down, for example,
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to do like a sprint retrospective,
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in addition to looking at the product,
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at the software that you're producing and whether or
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not it's meeting the customer's expectations.
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You're also focusing on the process itself.
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You might have a sprint retrospective where
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you may be taking 30 minutes
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to talk about what was accomplished during the sprint.
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What is still in the backlog,
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plan for the future, all that stuff.
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Then you would have a separate segment that would be
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devoted to the process itself.
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What can we do to reduce waste?
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Reduce dead time?
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Was anybody not productive or have
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non-productive working time in
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that sprint, things of that nature.
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We started talking about Lean Agile,
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that's really adding that additional focus
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to the process that's
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devoted solely to reducing cost,
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and continuously improving the process.
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We've taken something came from
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the manufacturing section,
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and we brought it into
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the software manufacturing section
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if you want to think about it in those terms.
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One of the big improvements in
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focuses that Lean brings to strategy execution
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is that additional eye that's
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focused solely on productivity improvement,
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and cost reduction of the process.
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It may sound somewhat
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counter-intuitive to have an additional person
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on the project team.
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In some cases, if it's a very big project or giving
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somebody on the project team this new role that they have
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to deal with called for
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the Lean version or the Lean role that you've,
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you've created within your Agile project.
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But what value that they bring
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is by analyzing those other processes,
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and providing continuous improvement.
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Again, lean can be bolted on or
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modified or married to plenty of
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other Agile type methodologies
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because there are no rules,
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quote unquote, no hard rules in Agile.
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It's there to help reduce costs
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and provide continuous improvement.
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In this video, we've looked at Lean as a flavor of Agile.
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If you look at the graph
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to your right of the screen here,
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what we're seeing is that
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we're doing iterative software development.
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We're doing that iterative strategy execution
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within our Agile project.
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But as part of each of those iterations,
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we're focusing on
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continuous improvement and cost reduction.
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That concludes the lesson.
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I hope everybody has a great day.
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