Lean Principles for Scrum: Amplify your Scrum implementation with Lean

Video description

For companies that have implemented Scrum, applying Lean will amplify their Scrum implementations and development cycles. This video course will demonstrate how to apply Lean methods to Scrum.


Part I of this LiveLessons course covers Lean and Kanban principles and patterns to provide learners a solid understanding for where Lean came from and an overview of its various principles.

Part II of this course concentrates on taking what was learned in Part 1 and integrating those principles into a Scrum implementation.

About the Instructor

Tommy Norman is the Lean/Agile Coach at LeanKit, ensuring that they embody the values and principles behind their product. He is the coordinator for the Agile Nashville user group and the Music City Agile conference, as well as a frequent speaker at local and national events. He is a CSM, CSP, CSC, PSM I, and 9-time Microsoft MVP. Tommy's online Scrum training series has been the top-selling Agile video on InformIt.com for the past two years. He rambles on the Internet at www.tommynorman.com and @tommynorman.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
What You Will Learn
  • Foundation in Lean principles
  • Practices for applying Lean principles in a Scrum implementation
Who Should Take This Course
  • Anyone directly involved in a Scrum team, including ScrumMaster, Product Owner, or Scrum team member looking to optimize their Scrum implementation
Course Requirements
  • Knowledge of Scrum and Agile principles
  • Scrum Fundamentals LiveLessons video course by Tommy Norman recommended as a pre-requisite (not required)
Lesson Descriptions

Part I: Lean and Kanban Principles and Practices
Part I explores the rich history of Lean from its beginnings in the 1900s to today. It also reviews the fundamental concepts behind Lean and its offshoots such as Kanban and Lean Product Development so that you have a solid understanding of how and why it has worked so well. The end of Part I takes a look at where Lean and Scrum overlap, where they might conflict, and how best to blend these two approaches.

Lesson 1: History of Lean
Lesson 1 explores the origins of Lean concepts from the early 1900s to how it developed in post-war Japan, to how it was reintroduced to America, and how they eventually crossed over into the software development industry.

Lesson 2: Principles of Lean Software Development
Lesson 2 dives into the 7 key principles of Lean Software Development developed by Tom and Mary Poppendieck, what those principles take from the world of lean manufacturing, and how they are applied to the software industry.

Lesson 3: Kanban Core Properties and Principles
Lesson 3 talks about how Kanban is a specific approach within the broader scope of Lean. While Kanban shares a good deal with Lean, we explore its more specific properties that are a bit more nuanced. Kanban also has some interesting principles around how to implement these properties that can be very valuable as well.

Lesson 4: Lean Product Development
Lesson 4 introduces Don Reinertsen, who has been developing his own approach to adopting lean manufacturing principles to product development for decades. Don's content around lean product development is vast and in-depth, and this lesson provides an introduction.

Lesson 5: Comparing Lean and Scrum
Lesson 5 talks about some of the overlapping commonalities between Scrum and the Lean principles. These are two great processes for developing valuable software, but each has its own twist on the approach. This is worth exploring a bit more to understand where they are most compatible and where there might be some difficulties.

Part II: Applying Lean Principles to Scrum
Lean is a vast subject with many different facets, so I have chosen to focus on four areas that I have found to best augment a Scrum implementation. We start by exposing hidden work and making it visible so that we can be transparent and identify issues with our overall process. This information then helps us talk about how to optimize the flow of our entire process, not just the part where we are writing code. As we start to master optimization, we might find that time boxes become restrictive, so we cover how to move to continuous delivery and break out of our sprints. Plus we take a deeper look into how we determine the value of the features we are developing so that we can make quick, informed decisions that help us get value to our customers faster. And lastly, I tell you three stories of integrating Lean into Scrum from my own experience to give you an idea of how this can be done.

Lesson 6: Making Work Visible
Lesson 6 discusses techniques for exposing software development work to the light of day, so as an organization we can have a better idea of where our issues are so that we can start to improve.

Lesson 7: Workflow Optimization
Lesson 7 covers one of our main goals with Lean, which is to get from concept to cash as fast as we can; but we find that some of our traditional ways of managing our processes (even in Sscrum) can actually inhibit that flow. In this lesson, we talk about the shift in thinking from focusing on resource utilization to workflow optimization.

Lesson 8: Moving to Continuous Delivery
Lesson 8 talks about breaking out of the sprint and moving to being able to deliver valuable software whenever we want.

Lesson 9: Taking an Economic View
Lesson 9 covers one of the great lessons from Don Reinertsen's work, which is that there is a good deal of quantifiable science for determining the value of knowledge work such as software development.

Lesson 10: Real World Examples
Lesson 10 covers Tommy Norman’s own experiences, best practices, and a few things to consider when integrating lean and scrum.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Lean Principles for Scrum: Introduction
  2. PART I: Lean and Kanban Principles and Practices
    1. Part Introduction
  3. Lesson 1: History of Lean
    1. Topics
    2. 1.1 Seeds of Lean
    3. 1.2 Origins in Japan
    4. 1.3 Coming Back to America
    5. 1.4 Moving to Software
  4. Lesson 2: Principles of Lean Software Development
    1. Topics
    2. 2.1 Eliminate Waste
    3. 2.2 Create Knowledge
    4. 2.3 Build Quality In
    5. 2.4 Defer Commitment
    6. 2.5 Deliver Fast
    7. 2.6 Respect for People
    8. 2.7 Optimize the Whole
  5. Lesson 3: Kanban Core Properties and Principles
    1. Topics
    2. 3.1 Core Properties
    3. 3.2 Principles
  6. Lesson 4: Lean Product Development
    1. Topics
    2. 4.1 Take an Economic View
    3. 4.2 Actively Manage Queues
    4. 4.3 Understand and Exploit Variability
    5. 4.4 Reduce Batch Sizes
    6. 4.5 Cadence and Synchronization
    7. 4.6 Decentralize Control
  7. Lesson 5: Comparing Lean and Scrum
    1. Topics
    2. 5.1 Differences and Commonalities
    3. 5.2 Best of Both Worlds
  8. PART II: Applying Lean Principles to Scrum
    1. Part Introduction
  9. Lesson 6: Making Work Visible
    1. Topics
    2. 6.1 Sprint Task Boards and Kanban Boards
    3. 6.2 Visualizing the Entire Workflow
    4. 6.3 Visualizing Idle Work
    5. 6.4 Setting WIP Limits
    6. 6.5 Address Variability
    7. 6.6 Hierarchical Work
  10. Lesson 7: Workflow Optimization
    1. Topics
    2. 7.1 Utilization over Optimization
    3. 7.2 Using Queues to Identify Bottlenecks
    4. 7.3 Limiting Work in Progress
    5. 7.4 Optimization over Utilization
    6. 7.5 Other Optimizations
  11. Lesson 8: Moving to Continuous Delivery
    1. Topics
    2. 8.1 Delivering During the Sprint
    3. 8.2 Breaking Out of the Sprint
    4. 8.3 The Role of Automation
    5. 8.4 Maintaining Scrum Ceremonies
  12. Lesson 9: Taking an Economic View
    1. Topics
    2. 9.1 Value Focused Delivery
    3. 9.2 Determining Value
    4. 9.3 Triage Techniques
    5. 9.4 Amplify Learning
  13. Lesson 10: Real World Examples
    1. Topics
    2. 10.1 Success Stories
    3. 10.2 Things to Consider
  14. Summary
    1. Lean Principles for Scrum: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Lean Principles for Scrum: Amplify your Scrum implementation with Lean
  • Author(s): Tommy Norman
  • Release date: June 2016
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134589211