- A one paragraph example of how Cool Company [Toyota/Boeing/Google] etc did something cool [developed the 747, say].
- One aspect of this successful effort (failed efforts by the same companies, often using substantially similair methodologies, are ignored) - say, cross functional teams- vaguely resonates with "agile" or "lean software" principles.
- One or more teeny weeny "experience reports" from the author which sound like stories from the Brothers Grimm, full of archetypes and soundbite morals-to-take-home, of the calibre of "Don't talk to wolves on the way to Gramma's house"
- a "summary" that states point blank that software development could do much better if the unenlightened masses would adopt these ideas
Ravi Mohan's Blog
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
If Toyota outsourced its assembly line
to "consultants" who charged x$/hour/person_deployed, would we have a Toyota Production System today? Think about it. Imagine someone like Wipro or Infosys providing the manpower (cheap offshore manpower if you will) for Toyota's assembly line. What would the probability be of Toyota coming up with a world beating manufacturing/design approach? Many "Lean Software" advocates draw very tenuous relationships between a very unique achievement in the manufacturing world, try to spin their own practices (ahem - did I hear someone say " agile" ?) and say (in effect) "By the power of Toyota, Taichi Ohno and Kanban, you should do [consultant's favorite methodology practice item]". I recently read a book on implementing Lean Software, by one of the "luminaries" of the methodology sales world , in which every chapter had the following pattern.