What is a Sustainable Pace?
One of the principles we mention in our Playbook is that our teams strive to reach and maintain a sustainable pace of work. But what exactly does this term mean, and where did this idea come from? In this post, we'll dive into a little bit of Agile history and take a look at why achieving a sustainable pace is crucial to high-quality software development.
A Brief History of Sustainable Work
The Agile Manifesto lists sustainable software development as one of its driving principles, stating that "sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely." This Agile principle nods to takt time, a lean manufacturing concept that aims to exactly match the time and resources utilized in production to the level of customer demand. By calculating a standard interval of time that it takes to create something, from the beginning stages to the moment the product or feature is released to the customer, the production system can maximize efficiency and avoid waste.