What Is Stop the Line?

The stop the line concept comes from a mechanism used on Toyota production lines that enables any worker to stop the production line if any problem is encountered. Stopping the line means that the entire production line is stopped until not only a problem is fixed, but that it is fixed at its root. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, this practice enabled Toyota’s production lines to actually increase productivity.

Stop the line behavior was conceived in response to efforts to improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes. The same behavior is somewhat harder to adopt in software development because software is not built on a production line. However, software teams utilize repeatable processes to get their software ...

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