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Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash by Tom Poppendieck, Mary Poppendieck

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Chapter 4. Waste

Write Less Code

If we were to look for the root cause of waste in software development, a really good candidate would be complexity. Complexity calcifies our code and causes it to turn brittle and break. In Conquering Complexity in Your Business, Michael George suggests that complexity is like cholesterol: It clogs up the arteries of an organization; it is “the silent killer of profits and growth.1 The prescription for complexity in software development is simple: Write Less Code!

Let’s take a look at how a multibillion Euro company has gone about doing just that.

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