The epiphany of integration points is that they control product development. They are the leverage points to improve the system. When timing of integration points slip, the project is in trouble.
—Dantar Oosterwal, The Lean Machine
Continuous Integration (CI) is perhaps the most essential technical practice for an ART and Value Stream. CI is a quality heartbeat that reduces risk and establishes fast, sustainable development. If teams focus solely on features and component development, accumulated assumptions and unintended interactions in the system create waste, which exhibits itself as delays and delivery variability. But with early and often CI, teams take a system view that keeps the development process in ...