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Chapter 9. Iterating, Backlog, Throughput, and Kanban

We place the highest value on actual implementation and taking action. There are many things one doesn’t understand; therefore, we ask them, why don’t you just go ahead and take action?

—Fuijo Cho, Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation

Apply fast feedback....Control queue size.

—Don Reinertsen

In the previous chapters, we introduced the user story as the primary carrier of requirements through the value stream; described sources of requirements through understanding project and system stakeholders, user needs,...


Agile development is based on iteration. Each iteration delivers new requirements. Understanding this mechanism will help you mitigate technical risk and build increasing amounts of user value in small increments. This lesson also provides perspectives on the importance and creation of the backlog and kanban techniques.