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Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum by Bas Vodde, Craig Larman

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Chapter 2 Systems Thinking

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Seeing System Dynamics 13

Seeing Mental Models 25

Example: The “Faster is Slower” Dynamic 26

Seeing Root Causes 29

Seeing (and Hearing) Local Optimization 32

“No matter what we do, the number of defects in our backlog remains about the same,” a manager told us; this for a 15 MSLOC C and C++ product with several hundred developers where we were working (and adopting lean principles). What’s going on? Systems thinking may help. In small groups the forces at play are more quickly seen and informally understood, but in large product development—or any large system—it’s tough. Gerry Weinberg highlights ...

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