Book: Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit

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In Lean Software Development, Mary and Tom Poppendieck identify seven fundamental "lean" principles, adapt them for the world of software development, and show how they can serve as the foundation for agile development approaches that work. Along the way, they introduce 22 "thinking tools" that can help you customize the right agile practices for any environment.

Better, cheaper, faster software development. You can have all three–if you adopt the same lean principles that have already revolutionized manufacturing, logistics and product development.

  • Iterating towards excellence: software development as an exercise in discovery
  • Managing uncertainty: "decide as late as possible" by building change into the system.
  • Compressing the value stream: rapid development, feedback, and improvement
  • Empowering teams and individuals without compromising coordination
  • Software with integrity: promoting coherence, usability, fitness, maintainability, and adaptability
  • How to "see the whole"–even when your developers are scattered across multiple locations and contractors

Simply put, Lean Software Development helps you refocus development on value, flow, and people–so you can achieve breakthrough quality, savings, speed, and business alignment.

Published: May 8, 2003
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Book: The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions

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What company doesn’t want energized workers, delighted customers, genuine efficiency, and breakthrough innovation? The Lean Mindset shows how lean companies really work–and how a lean mindset is the key to creating stunning products and delivering amazing services.

Through cutting-edge research and case studies from leading organizations, including Spotify, Ericsson, Intuit, GE Healthcare, Pixar, CareerBuilder, and Intel, you’ll discover proven patterns for developing that mindset. You’ll see how to cultivate product teams that act like successful startups, create the kind of efficiency that attracts customers, and leverage the talents of bright, creative people.

The Poppendiecks weave lean principles throughout this book, just as those principles must be woven throughout the fabric of your truly lean organization.

Learn How To

  • Start with an inspiring purpose, and overcome the curse of short-term thinking
  • Energize teams by providing well-framed challenges, larger purposes, and a direct line of sight between their work and the achievement of those purposes
  • Delight customers by gaining unprecedented insight into their real needs, and building products and services that fully anticipate those needs
  • Achieve authentic, sustainable efficiency without layoffs, rock-bottom cost focus, or totalitarian work systems
  • Develop breakthrough innovations by moving beyond predictability to experimentation, beyond globalization to decentralization, beyond productivity to impact

Lean approaches to software development have moved from novelty to widespread use, in large part due to the principles taught by Mary and Tom Poppendieck in their pioneering books. Now, in The Lean Mindset, the Poppendiecks take the next step, looking at a company where multidiscipline teams are expected to ask the right questions, solve the right problems, and deliver solutions that customers love.

Published: September 20, 2013
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Book: Kanban in Action

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Too much work and too little time? If this is daily life for your team, you need kanban, a lean knowledge-management method designed to involve all team members in continuous improvement of your process.

Kanban in Action is a practical introduction to kanban. Written by two kanban coaches who have taught the method to dozens of teams, the book covers techniques for planning and forecasting, establishing meaningful metrics, visualizing queues and bottlenecks, and constructing and using a kanban board.

Written for all members of the development team, including leaders, coders, and business stakeholders. No experience with kanban is required.

Published: March 17, 2014
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Book: Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

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If you want to use Scrum to develop innovative products and services that delight your customers, Essential Scrum is the complete, single-source reference you’ve been searching for. Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin illuminates the values, principles, and practices of Scrum, and describes flexible, proven approaches that can help you implement it far more effectively.

Whether you are new to Scrum or years into your use, this book will introduce, clarify, and deepen your Scrum knowledge at the team, product, and portfolio levels. Drawing from Rubin’s experience helping hundreds of organizations succeed with Scrum, this book provides easy-to-digest descriptions enhanced by more than two hundred illustrations based on an entirely new visual icon language for describing Scrum’s roles, artifacts, and activities.

Essential Scrum will provide every team member, manager, and executive with a common understanding of Scrum, a shared vocabulary they can use in applying it, and practical knowledge for deriving maximum value from it.

Published: August 5, 2012
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Boek: Scrum wegwijzer – een kompas voor de bewuste reiziger

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Deze Scrum Wegwijzer bevat alle essentiële informatie over het meest toegepaste framework voor Agile softwareontwikkeling. Dit boek beschrijft alle regels en rollen van Scrum, vanuit een diepgaande beschrijving van de principes en fundamenten van Scrum. Het boek legt veel nadruk op het begrijpen van de regels van Scrum, het waarom. Het boek voegt echter ook historische context toe, en eindigt met een beschouwing over de toekomst van Scrum.

Published: April 1, 2016
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Book: Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise

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DevOps is a fundamental shift in how leading edge companies are starting to manage their software and IT work. Businesses need to move more quickly than ever before, and large software organizations are applying these DevOps principles to develop new software faster than anyone previously thought possible.

DevOps started in small organizations and in large organizations that had or created architectures that enabled small teams to independently develop, qualify, and deploy code. The impact on productivity is so dramatic that larger organizations with tightly coupled architectures are realizing they either need to embrace DevOps or be left behind. The biggest challenge is that they can’t just empower small teams to work independently because their legacy architectures require coordinating the development, qualification, and deployment of code across hundreds of people. They need a DevOps approach that not only addresses their unique challenges, but also helps them reach an organization-wide agreement on where to start and how to scale DevOps. That is where Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise comes in.

Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise is a quick, easy-to-read guide that helps structure those improvements by providing a framework that large organizations can use to understand DevOps principles in the context of their current development processes and gain alignment across the organization for successful implementations. The book illustrates how to analyze your current development and delivery processes to ensure you gain positive momentum by implementing the DevOps practices that will have the greatest immediate impact on the productivity of your organization, with the goal of achieving continuous improvement over time.

Published: October 27, 2016
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Book: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

Published: January 7, 2002
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Book: Coaching Agile Teams

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As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence.

More and more frequently, ScrumMasters and project managers are being asked to coach agile teams. But it’s a challenging role. It requires new skills—as well as a subtle understanding of when to step in and when to step back. Migrating from “command and control” to agile coaching requires a whole new mind-set.

In Coaching Agile Teams, Lyssa Adkins gives agile coaches the insights they need to adopt this new mind-set and to guide teams to extraordinary performance in a re-energized work environment. You’ll gain a deep view into the role of the agile coach, discover what works and what doesn’t, and learn how to adapt powerful skills from many allied disciplines, including the fields of professional coaching and mentoring.

Coverage includes

  • Understanding what it takes to be a great agile coach
  • Mastering all of the agile coach’s roles: teacher, mentor, problem solver, conflict navigator, and performance coach
  • Creating an environment where self-organized, high-performance teams can emerge
  • Coaching teams past cooperation and into full collaboration
  • Evolving your leadership style as your team grows and changes
  • Staying actively engaged without dominating your team and stunting its growth
  • Recognizing failure, recovery, and success modes in your coaching
  • Getting the most out of your own personal agile coaching journey

Whether you’re an agile coach, leader, trainer, mentor, facilitator, ScrumMaster, project manager, product owner, or team member, this book will help you become skilled at helping others become truly great. What could possibly be more rewarding?

Published: May 28, 2010
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Boek: Agile in de echte wereld – Starten met Scrum

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Scrum is op dit moment het populairste Agile-framework. De aanpak stimuleert organisaties om meer businesswaarde te creëren, nieuwe ideeën snel naar productie te brengen en de verschillende disciplines constructief te laten samenwerken. Er is veel geschreven over Scrum, maar meestal alleen over de werking en de principes en niet over de invoering. De transitiefase blijft hierdoor onderbelicht. In dit boek staat juist de praktische invoering centraal.

Agile in de echte wereld - Starten met Scrum is een gemakkelijk lezend boek dat zijn oorsprong heeft in de echte wereld. Het omschrijft geen cutting-edge innovaties waarmee slechts enkele organisaties zich bezighouden maar juist die zaken die we dagelijks tegenkomen als we aan de slag gaan met Scrum. Het boek staat dan ook vol met herkenbare dilemma's en toegankelijke tips. Het is daarmee een praktisch leidraad voor iedereen die start met Scrum, of die zijn Agile-ontwikkelproces wil verbeteren.

Published: October 31, 2016
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Book: The Scrumban [R]Evolution: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban

Book Cover: Book: The Scrumban [R]Evolution: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban

Scrumban allows you to use Kanban as a catalyst for increasingly valuable changes to your existing software development processes, amplifying and expanding upon Scrum’s benefits. Now, there’s a definitive guide to Scrumban that explains what it is (and isn’t), how and why it works, and how to use it to improve both team and organizational performance.

Comprehensive, coherent, and practical, The Scrumban [R]Evolution will help you incrementally apply proven Lean/Agile principles to get what matters most: pragmatic, bottom-line results. Pioneering Scrumban coach Ajay Reddy clarifies Scrumban’s core concepts and principles, and illuminates their application through real-life examples. He takes you from the absolute basics through sustainable adoption, and from choosing metrics to advanced forecasting and adaptive management.

Whatever your role in the organization, this essential guide liberates you to tailor Kanban systems based on your unique challenges–and to solve delivery problems and improvement stagnation you haven’t been able to solve with Scrum alone.

  • Discover how Scrumban can help you reignite stalled Agile initiatives
  • Clarify crucial relationships between purpose, values, and performance
  • Quickly develop shared understanding in and across teams
  • Use Scrumban to better manage Product Owner/Customer expectations
  • Improve the rollout of Scrum in any team using Scrumban
  • Use Scrumban and let real improvements spread with least resistance
  • Use the right metrics to gain insight, track progress, and improve forecasting
  • Take advantage of Scrumban’s advanced capabilities as you gain experience
  • Develop leaders to successfully guide your Agile initiatives
  • Integrate modeling to reliably refine your forecasting and decision-making
Published: July 19, 2015
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Book: The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond

Book Cover: Book: The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond

Thousands of organizations are adopting Scrum to transform the way they execute complex projects, in software and beyond. This guide will give you the skills and confidence needed to deploy Scrum, resulting in high-performing teams and satisfied customers. Drawing on years of hands-on experience helping companies succeed, Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) Mitch Lacey helps you overcome the major challenges of Scrum adoption and the deeper issues that emerge later.

Lacey covers many new topics, including immersive interviewing, collaborative estimation, and deepening business alignment. In 35 engaging chapters, you'll learn how to build support and maximize value across your company.

Now part of the renowned Mike Cohn Signature Series on agile development, this pragmatic guide addresses everything from establishing roles and priorities to determining team velocity, setting sprint length, and conducting customer reviews.

Coverage includes

  • Bringing teams and new team members on board
  • Creating a workable definition of "done"
  • Planning for short-term wins, and removing impediments to success
  • Balancing predictability and adaptability in release planning
  • Running productive daily scrums
  • Fixing failing sprints
  • Accurately costing projects, and measuring the value they deliver
  • Managing risks in dynamic Scrum projects
  • Prioritizing and estimating backlogs
  • Working with distributed and offshore teams
  • Institutionalizing improvements, and extending agility throughout the organization

Packed with real-world examples straight from Lacey's experience, this book will be invaluable to anyone transitioning to Scrum, seeking to improve their early results, or trying to get back on track.

Published: January 1, 2016
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Book: Retrospectives for Organizational Change: An Agile Approach

Book Cover: Book: Retrospectives for Organizational Change: An Agile Approach

In this book, Jutta Eckstein examines how retrospectives –originally a kind of a facilitated workshop for gaining feedback– can be applied conceptually to initiate and implement organizational change. Technically, retrospectives were an instrument for a group to examine a past joint period of time and learn from that. The participants of a Retrospective for Organizational Change do not share a joint past, yet they learn from their different indi-vidual experiences and use this as a basis to form a shared future. The main strength is to leverage the experiences of a diverse group. Especially if the change is dynamic, which means the approach toward the goal is unclear or if it is complex, where the goal itself is in-determinate, Retrospectives for Organizational Change can provide a way to support the change. This book covers the conceptual idea of using Retrospectives for Organizational Change and additionally reports on the feedback and experiences of its practical application.

Published: April 21, 2016
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