Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Accelerate your organization to win in the marketplace.
How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter - that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance - and what drives it - using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for listeners to apply in their own organizations.
Listeners will discover how to measure the performance of their teams and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level.
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|Listening Length||4 hours and 58 minutes|
|Author||Nicole Forsgren PhD, Jez Humble, Gene Kim|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 March 2018|
|Publisher||IT Revolution Press|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 9,904 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
9 in Business Operations Research (Books)
15 in Business Information Management
17 in Software Development (Audible Books & Originals)
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It had some new pieces of advice and guidance for me, and I especially like how it brings all together the best and well established practices, but generally it didn’t offer me much, but maybe I’m not the intended audience? This would be a great book if you were a struggling CTO or someone stuck in the old ways of manual testing etc. If you run a failing IT company or department then by all means read this, but to the established folks already doing the right things then pick this up 2nd hand on the cheap.
1. It is short enough and accessible enough to be reasonably recommended to and consumed by a range of roles outside of the technology function.
2. It is written by and recommended by a number of people who clearly know their onions: Jez Humble, Nicole Forsgren and Gene Kim are all multipublished, award winning authors who have been involved in the State of DevOps survey for an extended period of time. Martin Fowler (who writes a forward) is one of the founding fathers of Agile and has written profoundly on many aspects of the programming craft
3. It seeks to justify its assertions with a range of quantitative methods which are pitched at the right level…you could use these ideas both to structure a business case and as a measurement framework to report against it.
4. It explores a range of technical, organizational, managerial and cultural aspects that combine to provide a step change in software development capability. It isolates atomic drivers of improvement. It describes positive and negative feedback loops to be aware of.
5. It connects those ideas into a coherent programme and suggests how you might go about adoption.
Apart from all of the practical ideas and the way it connects them I think the most interesting thought it left me with was this. Not only is high performance in the technology space going to offer a key differentiator for businesses in the future but that high performing technology function can be a catalyst to a high performing organization full stop.
It's a study of thousands of companies, the development practices they use and whether they succeed or not.
It's the closest thing I've seen to evidence that doing things the "right" way is a key contributor to business success. Teams that deploy more often have better success. Organizations that are safe to work in (where you can raise concerns without fear of being fired) have better success.