What is a Lean Software Development. Principals of lean software development.


Overview of Lean Software Development?

If you have seen our previous blogs about agile, we have clearly mentioned different types of agile methodologies, in which lean Software Development is also one of them.

LSD is a way functioning of the company during the development of any project. Meaning when a company undertakes any project, then company undertakes set of rules, protocols or methodologies in order to finish that project. And these set of rules, protocols or methodologies are already pre-defined, all the company has to do is, just implement one of these methodologies.

Methodologies include.

  1. Scrum Methodology
  2. Lean Software Development Methodology
  3. Crystal Methodology
  4. Dynamic Software Development Method (DSDM)
  5. Extreme Programming
  6. Feature Driven Development (FDD)

In this article, we will discuss Lean Software Development

What is Lean Software Development?

Lean Software Development is an agile methodology framework used by software developing companies. It mainly focuses on developing a minimum viable product by optimizing the time and resource and also by eliminating the waste. It also focuses on releasing or launching the product first in the market and then taking the feedbacks of customers and deciding what changes or modification needs to be done.

How Lean Software Development Works?

Once you undertake any project from the client you need a set of rules and regulation in order to achieve the target, now these set of rules and regulations as we talked earlier in nothing but an agile methodology. Suppose you choose the Lean Software Development method for your team. Therefore you need to educate or give an overview of LSD and how it works. So let’s begin.

LSD is based on these principles.

  1. Eliminating Waste
  2. Empower the Team
  3. Deliver Fast
  4. Optimize the Whole
  5. Build Quality
  6. Defer Decisions
  7. Amplify Learning

Let’s see all these concepts one by one.

  1. Eliminating Waste

In this category, all type of waste comes in which are generated during or post-project completion. Meaning you might be under the process of building the project and you could be generating waste knowingly or unknowingly, or the project has been finished and you have delivered the product but the final product itself may be generating waste. Sources of waste may comprise of

  • Partial work is done: – Meaning final deadline is near and work is not completed.
  • Extra process: – Meaning doing something which does not add value to the product.
  • Extra Feature: – Meaning adding some features which aren’t going to help the product.
  • Defects: – Defects in the product itself or irrelevant documentation.
  1. Empower the Team

Micromanagement is a word which means managing the distributed team even at the lowest level. Meaning if you have an organization of 100 employees and you have divided into two categories front end developer consists of 50 employees back end developer consists of 50 employees. Now as CEO of organizations you control both frontend and backend, but further in the front end, there are a division of 10 employees each team and so is in the backend. Now what you do is you assign a team leader even for this set employee, which consists of 10 employees per team. This concept is called Micromanagement. Now micromanagement gives the impression to employees that everything is been controlled and kills the feeling of freedom within an organization. Therefore it is highly recommended to give employees a sense of power by making them take their own decisions at the micro-level.

  1. Deliver Fast

As LSD itself is an agile methodology, therefore it focuses on incremental releases. Meaning instead of big release at once after a long time LSD suggest that you should release a minimum viable product at first and then come up with time-based releases in incremental ways. This helps stakeholders to be connected with outputs the team is generating and give them a sense of motivation.

  1. Optimize the Whole

This means that project should not be seen from only completion point of view, the project team should keep an eye on all the other requirements of the project and seeking the client’s permission for some additional features if needed to be added. This also aims to work across platforms in cooperation with other teams which may be direct or indirect part of the project.

Example, if you are working on an e-commerce website and you came to know that a local license will be required to sell anything on e-commerce, then you update the client’s to pursue a local vendor license and you go ahead on adding the license feature in your project by your own.

  1. Build Quality

Right from the beginning of the project, the team should keep in mind the value for the customer that is all the things are done in order to ease or solve the problem of the customer. Therefore at every step be it planning, building, deploying, feedback or support quality should be the highest priority. 

  1. Defer Decisions

If there encounters a situation that team and client’s opinion is getting contradicted and time permits to delay this defer decision situations, then LSD suggests to take this opportunity and delay the decision as it may be resolved by its own.

  1. Amplify Learning

This mainly focuses on taking feedback from the customer as well as from client about the project, its time expiations we met or not, any problems etc. in this part the organizations showcase their achievements take notes for further projects and many more. This is the last core concept of LSD (Lean Software Development).