Theory of Constraints and Software Engineering

In this post we will introduce the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and start looking at how it can be applied to software engineering management. TOC is most well known for its so called “Five Focusing Steps”, and often that process is referred to when trying to identify and deal with bottlenecks in Kanban for Software. However TOC has many other tools one can resort to in order to improve software engineering management. In particular, we will examine how Throughput Accounting (TA) can be used to take important management decisions.

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