The concept of Lean evolved from the manufacturing industry and has relevance to software product development as well. To address frequent changes in business requirements during software product development, organizations resort to having more rigid processes in place to ensure adherence to cost and time estimates as it is a challenge to minimize waste, optimize whole in order to improve the efficiency. These actions result in centralization of decision making.
A lean organization tries to use every resource to its fullest potential, wasting nothing and adding value in every process step, where the key to success is people. By empowering employees, lean companies put decision making in the hands of the experts, which improves performance and increases competitiveness, when applied to a particular environment—for example, software development—its principles must be adapted to achieve the desired outcome.
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