An Overview of Lean-Agile Methods


Considering the entire context is the difference between scaling agility and agility at scale. But that is a topic for another article.

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Works Cited

Anderson, D. (2010). Kanban. Sequim, WA: Blue Hole Press .

Ladas, C. (2009). Scrumban: Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development. Modus Cooperandi Press .

Poppendieck, M., amp; Poppendieck, T. (2003). Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit. Addison-Wesley Professoinal.

Reinertsen, D. (1997). Managing the design factory : a product developer’s toolkit. New York: Free Press.



[2] Don’s book, Managing the Design Factory(Reinertsen, 1997) is still state of the art, a must read.

[3] David’s recent book, Kanban (Anderson, 2010) Kanban book is another must read.

[4] If you are doing Scrum and facing challenges completing iterations effectively, I highly recommend Scrumban (Ladas, 2009).

About the author

Alan Shalloway's picture Alan Shalloway

Alan Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With almost forty years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader, a popular speaker at prestigious conferences worldwide, a trainer, and a coach in the areas of lean software development, the lean-agile connection, Scrum, agile architecture, and using design patterns in agile environments. Alan is the primary author of Design Patterns Explained: A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design and Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility.

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