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Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are not the Point


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  • Copyright 2010
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 304
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-62070-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-62070-5

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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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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