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Kaikkonen, H., Härkönen, J., Haapasalo, H. and Rodríguez, P. (2014) "Supporting Lean Software Enterprises with Agile Development Methods-Identifying the Relationship between Lean and Agile", Parallel and Cloud Computing Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-11.

Supporting lean software enterprises with agile development methods

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Author: Kaikkonen, Harri1; Härkönen, Janne1; Haapasalo, Harri1;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 8000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
2Department of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 8000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Science and Engineering Publishing Company, 2014
Publish Date: 2019-12-10


Lean principles have been seen as a potential answer to the current issues of faster development cycles and more frequent releases, as software businesses are changing towards more service-oriented offerings and cloud-based business structures. Agile software development methods have played an important role in resolving the same issues at development level. This article creates a framework for lean software enterprise theory by linking lean theory, lean software development, and agile software development methods. The findings are tested through an empirical study conducted in two significant software engineering organizations. This article presents a conceptual lean software development system that clearly combines lean and agile. The important role of people and culture is also emphasized. Agile software development methods are characterized as the tools of lean software development and while lean software development is seen as a change beyond agile, agile approach is required for competitive advantage.

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Series: Parallel and cloud computing research
ISSN: 2329-339X
ISSN-E: 2329-3381
ISSN-L: 2329-339X
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 11
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: The authors would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Cloud Software Program [] for the funding received for this research.
Copyright information: © 2014 The Authors and Parallel and cloud computing research.