Agile Software Development – The Manifesto

Agile is often considered one of the most overused words in the Information Technology industry.  It has been variously applied to software development, more generally as a project delivery methodology, and even to the flexibility of an entire enterprise or organisation.  For good reason, however, as Agile is an important framework.  Studying its roots helps to understand this broad usage and why it has expanded to become amongst the most in-fashion mindsets in business for the last 20 years or so. Continue reading “Agile Software Development – The Manifesto”

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing or the Lean Production System, another Japanese-inspired process improvement initiative, is focused on eliminating waste in work processes. Waste in this regard means anything that does not create “value” (or essentially anything a customer wouldn’t pay for). Waste can be in the manufacturing process itself, in badly distributed work loads, wasted time due to poorly located equipment, standing inventory, unusable by-products, defects in quality, and so on. Continue reading “Lean Manufacturing”

Six Sigma

Six Sigma was recognized as a measurement standard as far back as the late 1700s and implemented to improve product variation as early as the 1920s. It wasn’t until Motorola engineers in the 1980s, however, started obsessively measuring product defects at a level per million opportunities that Six Sigma came to the forefront as a corporate culture. Continue reading “Six Sigma”