In response to a not-very-coherent question of mine on the lean development list, Tom Poppendieck posted an interesting response. From it:
Over a decade ago, when Jeff Sutherland invented Scrum, he was faced with a situation in which his product development process bottleneck was the capacity of skilled developers. He designed Scrum specifically to exploit the capacity of the bottleneck, to subordinate everything else to ensure maximum throughput through the software development process, and to elevate the capacity of the bottleneck by removing impediments.
I’d never really thought of Scrum in that sort of Theory of Constraints terms; hmm.
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