Small Batch Sizes Enable Everything—Even in the Government
Lean practices teach us that small batch sizes optimize flow of value to market. Small batch sizes also help organizations focus on building quality into systems by enabling the power of continuous integration, encouraging faster feedback cycles, increasing our ability to debug, emphasizing a focus on simplicity, decreasing lead and cycle time, and discouraging "snowplowing" testing efforts. These practices are critical for building quality into our products. In the government sector, it also enables the alignment of traditional cost accounting methods, such as earned value management, constraints and agile for project management tracking. Kimberly Davis will discuss how a work decomposition process, creating small batch sizes, has been a critical component in facilitating quality and alignment for government agencies.