Open Source Kaizen

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. <http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/20/interop_whitehurst_gibson/>:

    Whitehurst compares the iterative model to kaizen, the Japanese business
    philosophy of continuous improvement that lead to the lean manufacturing
    techniques first developed at Toyota, and which are now nearly universal
    in manufacturing.

    With lean manufacturing, you work in small groups, you share designs up
    and down the supply chains, and you make incremental changes in products
    and improve them gradually. This results in fewer manufacturing defects.

    Similarly, the kaizen-like approach to software development embodied in
    open source projects (as well as in services such as Salesforce.com)
    have lower levels of software defects than big-bang software products.
    Whitehurst claimed that he could show that Red Hat's own development
    efforts had an order of magnitude fewer defects per lines of code than
    big-bang efforts, thanks to the open source model.

    There is also an element of aggressive cost cutting to kaizen, which
    Whitehurst didn't mention. But he did say that when Delta Airlines was
    in bankruptcy at the time he was CIO at the company, the one place that
    it was nearly impossible to cut costs was the IT department because of
    the nature of the products and the licensing and support contracts with
    IT vendors.

    Incremental beats big bang.
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 21, 2010
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