Firstly, a confession... I like McDonalds. No, I love McDonalds. I hate much of the side effects of this huge corporation, and I know the 'food' sold is junk. No nutritional value, high salt, saturated fats etc. However, it's tasty, convenient and somehow satisfies in ways other fast food can't. However, today, I really noticed Theory of Constraints in action - or not. As any McDonalds drive through customer knows, service is normally fairly fast and efficient. However, on occasion, your food order takes longer than average to prepare. Maybe they have just put a batch of fries on, or

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Recently, I read a post that described purposly doing things in a way that wouldn't scale, thus hoping: to provide better insight into the problem domain to reduce investment until confidence of the return is known. In particular, Joel suggested manually executing processes that could be automated, at least at the beginning of a project. This could then be automated if needed later on. During my current early activity into developing my first (hopefully successful) iPhone application, I came across a couple of processes that my earlier insight into Agile / Lean development would suggest to automate. However, following Joel's advice,

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