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Lean Software Development

The University of Minnesota via Coursera

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  • The University of Minnesota via Coursera
  • Learn for FREE, Up-gradable
  • 11 hours of effort required
  • 5,825+ already enrolled!
  • 4.3 ★★★★★ (111 Ratings)
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Language: English

While scrum and XP were transforming the software development industry, there were another set of ideas (derived from lean manufacturing and Six Sigma) that started to influence software development methods. These ideas around Lean Software Development forms the foundation of the number of agile methods.

In this course, we will explore lean concepts and cover some of the common Lean methods and techniques like Kanban, Value Stream Mapping, etc.

In this course, we will also learn techniques like Lean Startup and Design Thinking that can help the team learn about user and market needs much faster and cheaper.

As part of this course, you will also apply the knowledge gained in this course to fictional case studies. These projects will help you gain experience to confidently apply these techniques in the real world.

At the end of the course, you will be able to apply lean techniques/methods of software development. You will also be able to apply methods to learn about your users and market needs much faster and cheaper.

Syllabus:

WEEK 1: Lean Fundamentals

In this module, we will first learn about core lean principles from manufacturing. After that, we will learn how you can apply these lean principles in software development. Finally, we will learn about Lean Principles of software development in depth. At the end of this module, you will build the foundational knowledge around lean concepts.

WEEK 2: Kanban, Value Steam Mapping and Kaizen

In this module, we will learn about Kanban and other Lean practices like Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen etc. You will gain the ability to participate effectively in using these tools and practices.

WEEK 3: Lean Startup

In this lesson, we will learn techniques like Lean Startup and Design Thinking that can help your team learn about user and market needs much faster.

WEEK 4: Design Thinking

In this module, we will learn about a technique called “Learn Startup with Design Thinking”. These techniques help the team learn about user needs. You will also get an opportunity to apply this technique on a fictional case study. At the end of this module, you will be able to uncover user needs using “Lean Startup with Design Thinking”.

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