Two good videos

Monday was a bank holiday, so I found a little time to catch up with some of the web videos in my queue. First I watched an inspiring session from TechCrunch Nordic which likens achieving an “exit” for a startup company to dating. Fun, and with a strand of truth. TechCrunch Nordic – Tommy Ahlers …

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More thoughts on defects in an agile process

There are a lot of things to like about the Lean movement and the Toyota production system, but I worry that blanket application of their principles to software development may be misguided. Just as with other metaphors used to build a mental model, the metaphor of software development as a factory has big holes in …

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Death of Hybrid Camry Chief Engineer is Ruled Overwork

This is interesting in so many ways. Not only that the Toyota system – long held up as a shining example of lean, sustainable working – can also burn people out, but also that the Japanese have a special word “karoshi” for death by over work. Learning and practising techniques to avoid this situation is …

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