Book Reports

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Principles of Product Development Flow

Principles of Product Development Flow

This 2009 book by Donald G. Reinertsen, subtitled Second Generation Lean Product Development, describes why techniques sucessfully used in manufacturing are not applicable to product development. It includes 175 principles applicable to product development efforts.


Lean from the Trenches

Lean from the Trenches - Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban

Published in 2011, this book by Henrik Kniberg describes a case study where Lean and Kanban were used on a software project implemented for the Swedish National Police Authority. In addition to the case study, which is the bulk of the book, there are some chapters elaborating on those Agile concepts and techniques used on the project.


Agile Toolkit

Lean Software Development - An Agile Toolkit

This book by Mary and Tom Poppendieck, published in 2003, is their first in the Lean Software Development series. See how the authors have adapted to software development the same benefits of high quality and customer satisfaction arising from following the lean principles first developed and applied to manufacturing by Toyota.

This book is recommended as a good starting point for those who are new to Agile and Lean software development philosophy.


From Concept To Cash

Implementing Lean Software Development - From Concept To Cash

This book by Mary and Tom Poppendieck, published in 2006, is their second in the Lean Software Development series, taking the reader to the next level in the Agile and Lean software development philosophy.


Leading Lean

Leading Lean Software Development - Results Are Not the Point

This book by Mary and Tom Poppendieck, published in 2010, is their third in the Lean Software Development series, addressing the management of software development projects.


Software Inspection

Software Inspection

This book by Tom Gilb and Dorothy Graham, published in 1993 and reprinted in 1994, addresses the topic of software inspection, also known by some in the industry as code peer review. I was once involved in an effort at a client site to identify the effectiveness of the software development process in use. Since code peer review was part of that process, I did some research on the subject which led me to this book.


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