15 Lean Failure Lessons from Software Development, 3/3

Some say that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail. How could this be? An article The Coming Software Apocalypse in the Atlantic Monthly about the software development world offers insights. This post is the third of a 3-part exploration. Lesson #11 Invisible Complexity Unlike physical things, software is invisible. So

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The Multi-Faceted Power of Walking

Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates Walking has become a much larger part of my life over the past few years.  It started when I embraced kinhin – walking meditation.  Walking slowly on the beach for an hour or so, one step per breath, barefoot and silent to engage

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GA 188 | How to Understand the Components of Kata with Brandon Brown

This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon provided us with a comprehensive breakdown of both the improvement and coaching katas, in anticipation of our upcoming kata course. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brandon’s background (5:52) The quotes that inspire

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15 Lean Failure Lessons from Software Development, 2/3

Can it be true that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail? If so, how? Challenges from the complexities of modern software development offer insights. This post is part 2 of a 3-part exploration, inspired by the article The Coming Software Apocalypse. Lesson #6 Difficulty in Testing Our Systems “When

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GA 187 | How to Leverage the Improvement and Coaching Katas with Mark Rosenthal

This week we’re giving you a sneak peek of our upcoming kata course. Ron explains why kata is so valuable, and we’ve also included some great clips from Mark Rosenthal’s classroom instruction. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The impact

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15 Lean Failure Lessons from Software Development, 1/3

Reading the Atlantic Monthly article The Coming Software Apocalypse helped me see the question of “Why do lean transformations fail?” in a new context. This question is usually preceded by statements like “95% of lean transformations fail” and some prescriptions against failures. Nobody so far has cited a source to

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GA 186 | How to Transition into Different Lean Roles with Jess Orr

This week’s guest is Jess Orr. Ron sat down with Jess at AME Boston to discuss her transition from working at Toyota to taking on a new role at another company. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Jess’s background (3:54) The

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