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I presented the attached PowerPoint at the last Lean & Kanban Socal meetup describing our success using Kanban for both our release process and for software engineering. ¬†Unfortunately images have been removed since I do not own rights to them, but there’s still some good information there along with a timeline describing our rollout.

We’ve had pretty amazing success with Kanban so far so this is more a success story than anything, but we still had some interesting lessons learned that were worth sharing.

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Ash Maurya posted a very in-depth case study over at Eric Ries’ blog a few days ago, and I highly recommend reading it. ¬†Interestingly, this case study is from a company that has existed for seven years (not a startup) so the lessons here apply to a broader audience.

Continuous Deployment is Continuous Flow applied to software. The goal of both is to eliminate waste. The biggest waste in manufacturing is created from having to transport products from one place to another. The biggest waste in software is created from waiting for software as it moves from one state to another: Waiting to code, waiting to test, waiting to deploy. Reducing or eliminating these waits leads to faster iterations which is the key to success.

You can find more case studies at the Lean Startup Wiki over at http://leanstartup.pbworks.com/Case-Studies.