Posted by: knightbird | January 6, 2012

What do Lean Management and Computer Programming Have in Common?

This question is an interesting one and the answer comes from an amateur programmer in an article from Slate Magazine where he states: “When faced with a new challenge—whether at work or around the house—I find myself breaking down the problem into smaller, discrete tasks that can be accomplished by simple, repeatable processes.” That’s some of what lean teaches me. Use the PDCA Cycle to identify a problem, break it down into smaller tasks that can be accomplished by simple repeatable processes. I don’t mean that this is all that Lean teaches me.  But thinking algorithmically makes some sense in certain situations.

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