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Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility by David Lyle, John G. Schmidt

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Chapter Nine. Automate Processes and Deliver Fast

Don’t make anything until it is needed; then make it very quickly.

James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones1

1. James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones, Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation (Simon & Schuster, 1996), p. 71.

In the previous chapter, Plan for Change and Mass-Customize, and in Chapter 3, The Integration Factory, we introduced process automation and fast delivery by showing how assembly lines can be used to mass-customize integration components, and how decoupling systems allows organizations to change and grow with more agility. Across the entire landscape and life cycle of integration, there are significant opportunities for eliminating much waste and delivering ...

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