Software Development & Management
- By Craig Larman and Bas Vodde
- Feb 23, 2010
This chapter is from the book
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.