Agile Development is like Running a Restaurant Kitchen [Video]

I had the opportunity to work with Infoworld on this video illustrating how agile development is a lot like running a restaurant.

Restaurants requires operational excellence to deliver high quality meals, excellent service, and on time delivery to restaurant patrons. They also require some creativity and innovation when developing new menu items and adjusting ingredients based on what's available. Lastly, running restaurants requires significant teamwork between "front office" staff tending to customer and "back office" cooks working to prepare the meal.

Restaurants leverage and sometimes develop their own technology to develop the product. Cooks have generalized skills like knife skills and specialized skills like baking. Kitchens have to be safe and clean to meet regulatory requirements. Sound like software development?

The video speaks to kanban and scrum processes, although it applies sprints to both which technically isn't correct. It speaks to the importance of retrospectives to improve process and using automation to make teams more efficient.

If you have a new team learning agile development, scrum, or kanban, then have them watch the video!

Learning about Agile Development and Scrum

Some of my other agile and scrum articles at Infoworld:

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About Isaac Sacolick

Isaac Sacolick is President of StarCIO, a technology leadership company that guides organizations on building digital transformation core competencies. He is the author of Digital Trailblazer and the Amazon bestseller Driving Digital and speaks about agile planning, devops, data science, product management, and other digital transformation best practices. Sacolick is a recognized top social CIO, a digital transformation influencer, and has over 900 articles published at InfoWorld,, his blog Social, Agile, and Transformation, and other sites. You can find him sharing new insights @NYIke on Twitter, his Driving Digital Standup YouTube channel, or during the Coffee with Digital Trailblazers.