Just confirmed that I will be Agile Scotland‘s speaker on Wednesday September 7th – talking about jidoka in software development.
Lean manufacturing is based on two pillars: Pull and Jidoka. Agile methods focus most of their attention only on Pull: customers pull features or user stories from the development team, and the development team carries out every task just in time and without building up inventory. Jidoka – the policy of stopping the production line whenever a fault occurs, and then fixing both the fault and the cause of the fault – has been largely forgotten.
Jidoka is what keeps value flowing fast through the process, iteration after iteration. And yet there are no published studies or collections of Jidoka practices. In this think-tank the participants will work together to describe, discuss and discover “jidoka moments” – points at which software development projects are, could be or should be stopped in order to prevent faults passing downstream.