7 Lean Principles of Software Development.
7 Lean Principles of Software Development.

Lean Software Development is an iterative agile methodology which applies lean principle to software development in IT Software Companies in Dubai. It was first introduced in manufacturing, as a way to minimize waste as well as maximizing value to the customer.

Bringing in lean principles to software development requires a significant shift in how we value, waste, and other key Lean concepts are defined.

Here are 7 lean principles applied to software development practices followed in Software Development Companies in UAE.

Eliminate Waste: Anything that doesn’t add value is considered to be waste. Wastage in software development includes building unnecessary or wrong features, backlog mismanagement, rework, ineffective communication, etc. Therefore to maximize value, wastage should be minimized.

Amplify Learning: This comprises promoting efficient communication early and regularly, receiving feedback as quickly as possible, and utilizing what we have learned. Software projects are blended with business and technology experiences, so we should begin soon and keep learning. 

Defer Decisions: We strike the balance of early planning by deferring decisions as much as possible. For instance, this may require re-prioritizing the backlog right up to the point of planning an iteration or avoiding being bound to an early version of the technology.

Quick Delivery: We can optimize the return on investment by promptly delivering software modules and redoing designs. We find the most appropriate solution through rapidly evolving with the available options.

Empower the Team: Instead of micromanaging, we should acknowledge the knowledge and experience of the team members in the technical steps the project needs and empower them to make decisions that are more productive.  

Build Integrity In: With lean development quality testing is not an end of the project goal but is integrated and followed throughout the development process, utilizing techniques like refactoring, continuous-integration and unit testing.     

Optimize the Whole: We look at the system as a whole rather than the sum of its parts. We should see beyond the pieces of the project and look for how it aligns with the software company in UAE
ideals. In the course of optimizing the whole, we also focus on forging better relationships among groups/teams.

LSD’s Strength

·         The streamlined approach makes room for more functionalities to be delivered quicker.

·         Avoids unnecessary activities, and thereby brings down costs.

·         Empowers the development team with decision-making powers, which can lift their spirits


LSD’s Limitations

·         Depends to a large extent on the team involved, which makes it non scalable

·         Requires strong documentation, and if not done correctly it can lead to disastrous results