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Lean principles applied to software development – avoiding waste


  • Naftanaila Ionel

    () (The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • BRUDARU Paul

    () (The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)


Under the current economic conditions many organizations strive to continue the trend towards adopting better software development processes, in order to take advantage of the numerous benefits that these can offer. Those benefits include quicker return on investment, better software quality, and higher customer satisfaction. To date, however, there is little body of research that can guide organizations in adopting modern software development practices, especially when it comes to Lean thinking and principles. To address this situation, the current paper identifies and structures the main wastes (or muda in Lean terms) in software development as described by Lean principles, in an attempt to bring into researchers’ and practitioners’ attention Lean Software Development, a modern development methodology based on well-established practices such as Lean Manufacturing or Toyota Production System.

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  • Naftanaila Ionel & BRUDARU Paul, 2009. "Lean principles applied to software development – avoiding waste," Economia. Seria Management, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 12(2), pages 162-170, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:econmn:v:12:y:2009:i:2:p:162-170

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    1. Florica BADEA & Eugen BURDUS, 2009. "Contributions on the Lean Management in the current evolution of a company," Economia. Seria Management, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 12(1), pages 168-179, June.
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    Lean; software development; agile methodologies;

    JEL classification:

    • M15 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - IT Management


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