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Recommended Readings

  • The Birth of Lean, edited by Shimokawa and Fujimoto, offers a glimpse into the evolution and adoption of lean production and thinking at Toyota. For example: "At a time when all of us are struggling to implement lean production and lean management, often with complex programs on an organization-wide basis, it is helpful to learn that the creators of lean had no grand plan and no company-wide program to install it."
  • Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas by Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising comes from authors with experience in change initiatives and knowledge of agile development; they emphasize a bottom-up approach to change.
  • The site www.solonline.org, from the Society for Organizational Learning, contains many learning resources and recommended readings related to organizational improvement.
  • Taiichi Ohno, in his Workplace Management, conveys a sense of the importance—for creating a lean culture—of leaders who truly grasp lean thinking, and relentlessly coach others in this.
  • There are several good (and more bad) books on team building; some are of the better ones are recommended in the Teams chapter of the companion book. Two mentioned in this chapter include The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.
  • Teamwork Is an Individual Skill: Getting Your Work Done When Sharing Responsibility by Chris Avery emphasizes taking personal responsibility for creating an effective team, and shares tips for how to do so.
  • The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge, is a classic in systems thinking, learning, and the qualities needed by effective leaders for sustainable, high-impact organizational improvement.
  • Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen covers core retrospective skills. And Project Retrospectives by Norm Kerth explores how to do retrospectives with larger groups.
  • Agile Coaching by Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley captures many practical tips for ScrumMasters and other agile coaches, from two experienced coaches.
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