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What is Lean vs. Agile project management?
Lean focuses on minimizing waste to maximize efficiency. Similarly, Agile focuses on minimizing unnecessary documentation, and maximizing communications through continuous delivery of product and daily meetings.
Both Lean and Agile recognize the need for flexibility in project management and adapting process to fit the size and scale of the project.
What is the goal of Lean project management?
The common goal is to get more out of the system simply by doing things differently -- by working smarter, not harder.
We know that not all Lean techniques are ‘smart’ in all systems. It’s clear that manufacturing systems are different from product development systems and that some Lean manufacturing techniques don't apply to product development.
Similarly, software development systems are different from hardware development systems, which are different from services oriented systems like health care, etc. These systems are different enough that good solutions in one can be detrimental in another, even if they share some things in common.
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