Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are Not the Point (Addison-Wesley Signature Series)

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Overview

Building on their breakthrough bestsellers Lean Software Development and Implementing Lean Software Development, Mary and Tom Poppendieck’s latest book shows software leaders and team members exactly how to drive high-value change throughout a software organization—and make it stick. They go far beyond generic implementation guidelines, demonstrating exactly how to make lean work in real projects, environments, and companies.

The Poppendiecks organize this book around the crucial concept of frames, the unspoken mental constructs that shape our perspectives and control our behavior in ways we rarely notice. For software leaders and team members, some frames lead to long-term failure, while others offer a strong foundation for success. Drawing on decades of experience, the authors present twenty-four frames that offer a coherent, complete framework for leading lean software development. You’ll discover powerful new ways to act as competency leader, product champion, improvement mentor, front-line leader, and even visionary.

  • Systems thinking: focusing on customers, bringing predictability to demand, and revamping policies that cause inefficiency
  • Technical excellence: implementing low-dependency architectures, TDD, and evolutionary development processes, and promoting deeper developer expertise
  • Reliable delivery: managing your biggest risks more effectively, and optimizing both workflow and schedules
  • Relentless improvement: seeing problems, solving problems, sharing the knowledge
  • Great people: finding and growing professionals with purpose, passion, persistence, and pride
  • Aligned leaders: getting your entire leadership team on the same page
From the world’s number one experts in Lean software development, Leading Lean Software Development will be indispensable to everyone who wants to transform the promise of lean into reality—in enterprise IT and software companies alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321620705
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 11/4/2009
  • Series: Addison-Wesley Signature Series
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 445,988
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Poppendieck has led teams implementing various solutions ranging from enterprise supply chain management to digital media. Mary is the president of Poppendieck LLC, which specializes in bringing lean techniques to software development.

Tom Poppendieck, an enterprise analyst, architect, and agile process mentor, currently assists organizations in applying lean principles and tools to software development processes. The Poppendiecks are authors of Lean Software Development, winner of the 2004 Jolt Software Development Productivity Award, and Implementing Lean Software Development (both from Addison-Wesley).

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction: Framing xiii
Acknowledgments xxi

Chapter 1: Systems Thinking 1
A Different Way to Run an Airline 2
Frame 1: Customer Focus 6
Frame 2: System Capability 13
Frame 3: End-to-End Flow 19
Frame 4: Policy-Driven Waste 24
Portrait: Product Champion, Take 1 36
Your Shot 42

Chapter 2: Technical Excellence 45
Facts, Fads, and Fallacies 46
Frame 5: Essential Complexity 63
Frame 6: Quality by Construction 70
Frame 7: Evolutionary Development 83
Frame 8: Deep Expertise 89
Portrait: Competency Leader 95
Your Shot 97

Chapter 3: Reliable Delivery 101
Race to the Sky 102
Frame 9: Proven Experience 108
Frame 10: Level Workflow 114
Frame 11: Pull Scheduling 129
Frame 12: Adaptive Control 143
Portrait: Product Champion, Take 2 147
Your Shot 150

Chapter 4: Relentless Improvement 153
Sick Hospitals 154
Frame 13: Visualize Perfection 159
Frame 14: Establish a Baseline 163
Frame 15: Expose Problems 169
Frame 16: Learn to Improve 173
Portrait: Manager as Mentor 183
Your Shot 185

Chapter 5: Great People 187
Cultural Assumptions 188
Frame 17: Knowledge Workers 196
Frame 18: The Norm of Reciprocity 200
Frame 19: Mutual Respect 203
Frame 20: Pride of Workmanship 209
Portrait: Front-Line Leaders 212
Your Shot 216

Chapter 6: Aligned Leaders 219
Agile@IBM 220
Frame 21: From Theory to Practice 228
Frame 22: Governance 230
Frame 23: Alignment 236
Frame 24: Sustainability 242
Portrait: Leaders at All Levels 244

Bibliography 247
Index 257

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    lean - by frames of reference

    Wow! I was blown away by how good it was. I expected it to be "light reading" as I'd read about many of the concepts elsewhere. Somehow the authors managed to present them all in a thought provoking way. Even the introduction had me scribbling in the margins. As a result, I only finished 5 chapters in a 6 hour flight. I promptly finished the remainder the next morning. A real page turner.Each of the chapters follow the same format: detailed example of company applying concepts, 4 frames and brief portrait of how used. A frame is a point of view - like a camera frame. There were detailed examples throughout. Each chapter ends with questions to think about - these aren't classroom exercises - they really help. The frames really drew me in - each time I started the next one, I felt the mental shift.I'm not sure what my favorite part of the book was - between the current examples (banking crisis, Captain Sully, Obama's website), historical ones (Empire State Building construction), clear diagrams, etc.The beginning of the book really grabbed me. It explained why Southwest Airlines is so much more successful than the traditional airlines. The fact that I was on an airplane at the time helped, but the example stood on its own.The fact that I didn't go more than 5 pages without writing a note or more than 1-2 pages without underlining something really speaks for itself. The book was great!

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