More recently, I've been hearing about "Design For Six Sigma (DFSS)" and "convergences" between "Lean" and Goldratt's "Theory of Constraints" (TOC), and techniques like the "The 5 Focusing Steps", "Throughput Accounting" and "Drum-Buffer-Rope." (There was a nice ASQ article comparing Lean, Six Sigma, and TOC awhile back.)
So I wanted to be the first to try and coin the phrase "Agile Six Sigma" - except I'm not real fond of the resulting acronym, plus someone else might have come up with it already (if only in passing). So I wanted to embellish it a bit to create an even better acronym before I commence the marketing madness for my new "cash cow" idea. Thus I have decided upon:
- "Agile Six Sigma - Holistic, Organic, Lean, Emergent."
I am getting weary of lots of hype that simply throws these buzzwords together (hence my marketing slogan and acronym above :-) but I think they have a lot to offer, and I would be interested in applying them to CM.
I'm particularly curious about using the Lean tools of value-stream mapping along with TOC in analyzing anti-patterns and bottlenecks that often occur in building, baselining and branching & merging (since there seems to be a fairly direct correlation to "code streams" of "change flows" and a "value stream" or "value chain"). Has anyone already done this for CM? (I wonder if something like this could better substantiate the "goodness" of the Mainline pattern.)