Katas in Code and Coaching

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Kata (Japanese for form or pattern) are an exercise where the novice repeatedly tries to emulate a master. Kata and other artificial exercises form a large part of the work done by a karate novice. They practice for hour after hour. Once you get some way into your...

The Evolution of Lean

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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A Mike Rother presentation via slideshare.net If there were a CMMI-like maturity model for Lean, understanding it as “The Elimination of Waste” and all the tool-focused, Kaizen-Blitz-workshop activities would be Level 1. We need to do so much better at the...

Test Driven Development: Better but Slower?

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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A number of interesting findings in this article 1) Absolute Test Code Coverage isn’t a sufficient predictor of quality 2) Dev Org structure matters more than physical location/distribution 3) Density of Assertions is positively correlated with...

The Case for Lean Testing

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Received from a colleague today who I’ve been coaching in some basic Test disciplines I think the biggest thing we need to do on this project is to change the culture so that the teams do run the unit tests and do the code reviews and have a better sense of not...

For Lean Thinking, Employ a Direct Marketer

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Martin Burns

Transformation Consultant at CA Inc (formerly Rally)
Previously: Leader of software delivery portfolios in large scale orgs.
Specialism: Transforming complex delivery organisations to be more Lean/Agile.
Mindset: Continuous Improvement Obsessive
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Direct Marketing and Lean share an experimental method to drive improvement: iteratively testing proposals against Current Best Way Many years ago — long before I came near Software Development — I had a background in Direct Marketing. Let’s try that...
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