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

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Chapter Twelve. Integration Methodology

Software entities are more complex for their size than perhaps any other human construct, because no two parts are alike. . . . If they are, we make the two similar parts into one, a subroutine, open or closed.

Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.1

1. Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (Addison-Wesley, 1995), p. 182.

A Lean Integration methodology cannot be “bought”—it must be cultivated and evolve from the ground up. When we talk about “buying” a methodology, we mean adopting a prescriptive collection of software development life-cycle techniques, tools, and templates. The issue is that the packaged “off the shelf” methods are virtually all project-based ...

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