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Monday, October 05, 2009

The Limits of Lean

Jurgen Appelo has posted yet another well written and insightful blog entry, this one called The Danger of Lean: Ignoring Social Complexity. He identifies that Lean Development methods do not emphasize teams and collaboration:

Just pick your average Lean software development book, go to the index, and try to find references to concepts like motivation, creativity, innovation, personality, or fun. You probably won’t succeed.

6 comments:

Karna said...

"I'm really looking forward to Jurgen's book!"

- And I'm really looking forward to yours!

Jurgen Appelo said...

Thanks, I appreciate the support! :)

Stephen Billing said...

Except that Ralph Stacey doesn't think that organisations or any social endeavours are Complex Adaptive Systems, or systems of any kind.

Jurgen Appelo said...

@Stephen: True, but I don't tend to agree with him on that, and I have the feeling that neither do most others.

Alan Shalloway said...

Lean is very much about teams and creativity. Perhaps not motivation. No one can really motivate another - although they may be able to demotivate them. There are many lean books that talk about teams and how to assist them. Scholtes has written a couple, David Mann on creating a Lean culture also discusses it.

This is a misunderstood part of Lean because it isn't rah rah let's have the team be all there is.

Clinton Keith said...

A large part of the problem is whose definition of Lean are we using? "Many Lean books talk about..." doesn't mean all or even most.