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Saturday, March 29, 2003

Batches -- Laurent's been reading The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement recently, and has seen past the surface story of manufacturing to apply it to the issue of batching in software environments. His post talks about batching issues for meetings and batching bug fixes for concentrated attention. Insightful stuff, especially about the meetings. He also asks...
"What other processes are there in software development work that involve varying "batch sizes?""
One that comes to mind, that we've been discussing in these pages recently, is the unnecessay batching of requirements. The agile thoughts on this are out there loud and clear, pointing to the "batching" of requirements in poorly designed "waterfall plans" as a source of problems. These concerns are consistent with the preferred practice in the Critical Chain community to understand the knowable dependencies of the effort in question, so that things like requirements can be planned and developed in a "just-in-time" manner.

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