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Much of agile software development methodology is grounded in the lean manufacturing principles developed and perfected by the Toyota Motor Company, and translated to software production by a number of software luminaries in the 90's. Toyota understood that eliminating waste was essential to achieving its goals, and it understood that a rigorous pursuit of quality for its processes and products was essential to eliminating waste. The rework caused by defects and the downstream difficulties brought about by components built earlier in the process are powerful inhibitors to throughput. Lean and agile approaches depend on frequent inspection and feedback of work product at every stage of the process to avoid creating waste.
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