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A useful text. But is lacks depth in both theory and reflection on tge limitations of kata and building lean organisations from agile approaches derived at process and team . Not unexpected as the single lens the authors are looking through is lean. Nevertheless some important connections are made across different approaches and valuable authors.
More for the novice than the executive or academic student.
The government should fly planes over London dropping this book onto the streets.
A heart lifting guide to transforming Victorian, bureaucratic, hierarchical organisations into innovative, producers of digital experiences that delight their customers and empower the workforce.
A practical guide covering culture, history of Lean, the three horizons of a product, validation and MVP, measurements, feedback loops, flow and cycle time, innovation accounting, analytics, tearing down silos, impact mapping, continuous improvement, continuous integration, test automation, kanban, cost of delay, blue-green deployment, feature flags, lean UX, safe cultures, a/b testing, the list goes on and on.
Full of anecdotes and evidence, and levels wonderful criticism at the incumbent graying behemoths with their pathological cultures, so that at least when you fail to make dent you can reap some sense of schadenfreude from their inevitable bankruptcy, or bail out.
Intro is perhaps not the right word, it's far too detailed for that. I feel more like I've been studying for an MBA in Lean led by some excellent professors. What that should tell you is that this is not an easy read simply because there's so much content and knowledge to get your head round. It's also an excellent overview of the other lean literature that's around. I found the need to frequently take notes just not to forget the latest nugget I'd read.
Articulate book that shares many thoughts on how to use technology (people, suppliers, processes and the fun stuff) based on agile and lean such that your organisation and customers benefit. Best part is the manner it respectfully treats the alliance between Operations, ITIL and Dev with the business to create this mix iteratively over time. If you are a leader or manager, this book has a section to help with excellent examples to aid in the journey.
If you manage software teams (or IT teams) in any environment (more than 5 people) you *need* this book. This is a great, slightly technical review of how software projects should be managed processes to use (such as CI/CD - which every team should be using anyway) and some incredible references..
Every so often you pick up a book that immediately draws you in. This is one of them. It strikes the perfect balance between theory and practice (slightly more of the latter) and it brings together a lot of modern but slightly disparate ideas into a cohesive whole.
An excellent book. There is so much in here, so clearly explained. Brings together a number of disparate modern concepts related to working in and managing IT in a large organisation. I have made hundreds of notes and now need to find a way to develop these ideas within my own firm. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.