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Software Development Waste (Results from Evidence-Based Research) (Todd Sedano) Popular

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This research redefines our understanding of software development waste. This presentation reveals the first evidence-based software development waste taxonomy.
Software development projects manifest nine types of waste: building the wrong feature or product, mismanaging the backlog, rework, unnecessarily complex solutions, extraneous cognitive load, psychological distress, waiting/multitasking, knowledge loss, and ineffective communication.
While Lean Software Development has a waste taxonomy, Lean Sofware Development mapped manufacturing wastes to software development.
Developing software is fundamentally different than assembly line work.
The Pivotal culture of removing waste does align nicely with many of the goals of Lean Software Development.
Since software development is a complex socio-technical activity that involves coordinating different disciplines and skill sets, it provides ample opportunities for waste to emerge. Waste is any activity that produces no value for the customer or user.
I conducted a two-year five-month participant-observation study of eight software development projects at Pivotal, a software development consultancy. I interviewed 33 software engineers, interaction designers, and product managers, and analyzed one year of retrospection topics.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants will learn how software development wastes are unique from those in the Toyota Production System
  • Participants will be able to discover hidden wastes in their software process.
  • Participants will be emboldened to discuss wastes in their next team retro.
  • Participants will learn how evidence-based research can be applied to agile software development projects.


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Todd Sedano

Engineering Manager, VMware

Wednesday August 9, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Wekiwa 7&8