Murray Cantor explains how you can improve your development, IT, or devops teams' performance using Modern Lean principles.


Many organizations have adopted agile as a way to significantly improve performance. And while Agile does give them a genuine advantage, adopting it alone doesn't give the answers to the hard questions below, and in fact, may even result in subpar collaboration between the teams and management in optimizing throughput and minimizing cost of delay, and/or difficult budget conversations with stakeholders. (Think of a conversation where the CFO wants to know if your teams are efficient, if they’re competitive with outsourcing opportunities, and if the organization’s money is being spent wisely.) 

Anyone who is responsible for the efficiency of their development organization, implementing devops, or for IT operations faces hard questions.

  • Do you have visibility into the performance of your teams?
  • How do you identify the sources of delay in your process?
  • How do you identify bottlenecks? Optimize assignments?
  • Can your teams detect the need for -- and implement -- improvement?

This is why there is a growing trend towards adopting Lean principles and practices, chief among them Kanban, for software development. However, since work products flow in an unpredictable, unsteady manner, fully applying and realizing the benefits of Lean, and scaling to medium and large efforts, requires a systematic approach to adopting the Modern Lean principles.

In this on-demand webinar, Cutter Senior Consultant Dr. Murray Cantor reveals how you can apply Modern Lean principles to monitor work product flow and constantly reallocate and adjust activities to streamline the process and avoid the cost of delay. The principles he concentrates on during this hour-long session include:

  1. Focusing on the flow of work products, not the activities.
  2. Capture the work product flow in value stream maps.
  3. Instrument the flow measures based on the lifecycle of the work items.

But Murray doesn't stop with the principles, he also explains how you can start your own Modern Lean journey to discover the answers to the hard questions so you can gain even greater improvement in performance.