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"This book is Reengineering the Corporation for the digital age. It is destined to be the classic, authoritative reference for how organizations plan, organize, implement, and measure their work. Lean Enterprise describes how organizations can win in the marketplace while harnessing and developing the capabilities of employees. Any business leader who cares about creating competitive advantage through technology and building a culture of innovation needs to read this book."
- Gene Kim, co-author of The Phoenix Project, founder and former CTO of Tripwire, Inc.

"This book is a godsend for anyone who's tried to change their organization and heard: 'It's OK for the little guy, but we're too big/regulated/complex to work like that here.' Lean Enterprise provides a pragmatic toolkit of strategies and practices for establishing high performing organizations. It should be required reading for every executive who understands that we're all in the technology business now."
- Stephen Foreshew-Cain, COO, UK Government Digital Service


"To thrive in the digital world, transformation must be more than technology driven--everyone within the organization must collectively work together to adapt. This book provides an essential guide for all leaders to change the way they deliver value to customers."
- Matt Pancino, CEO, Suncorp Business Services


"This book integrates into a compelling narrative the best current thinking about how to create great software-intensive products and services. The approach in this book is both challenging and disciplined, and some organizations will be unable to imagine following this path.  But those who make the journey will find it impossible to imagine ever going back--and if they happen to be a competitor, they are well positioned to steal both your market and your people. Ignore this book at your own risk."
- Mary Poppendieck, co-author of The Lean Mindset and the Lean Software Development series


"This is the book I've been waiting for--one that takes on the hardest questions in bringing Lean approaches to the enterprise. The authors provide solutions that are valuable even in low trust environments."
- Mark A. Schwartz (@schwartz_cio)

About the Author

Jez Humble is co-author of Continuous Delivery (Addison-Wesley), the Jolt Award-winning book in Martin Fowler's signature series. He began his career at a startup, and then spent 10 years at ThoughtWorks, building products and consulting. He now serves as a Vice President at Chef, and teaches at UC Berkeley.

Joanne Molesky is a Principal Consultant with ThoughtWorks, where she works on internal IT Risk and Compliance, and provides consulting services to clients in the area of continuous delivery and process improvement, particularly as it applies to controls, risk, and compliance. She holds CISA and CRISC certifications from ISACA.

Barry O'Reilly works with leading global organizations on continuous improvement using lean and agile practices and principles. He has been an entrepreneur, employee, and consultant. After several startups, his focus shifted towards the enterprise where he has explored the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design and culture transformation. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Lean (O'Reilly)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449368425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449368425
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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The 104 highlights and a dozen notes I took while reading this book may tell how good it is. More than "good" as in "entertaining reading", I think this book is an essential guide on how enterprises must change their mindsets and adapt to a new paradigm of adding value and bring innovation to their businesses.

This book evolves the concepts laid out in The Lean Startup (by Eric Ries), and Continuous Delivery (by Jez Humble and David Farley), scaling them up to enterprises and making the more technical approach of the latter palatable to the C-level.
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My job is centered on delivering organizational and engineering changes that really add value for people using our systems

The authors do an outstanding job of weaving together a coherent approach that can work in large enterprises

It honors the real challenges people face when they try to make sustainable change at a high speed and with right quality

I love the quotes and detailed examples and citations

If you are passionate about this stuff this is the place to start!
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This is not a bad book. But I am a bit confused about who it is targeting and why the universally glowing reviews. This book is almost entirely a synopsis of other books with almost nothing in the way of synthesising them into a coherent whole or bringing new data or anecdotes to the table. If you've read The Lean Startup and Lean Analytics you already have 60% of the message of the book. If you've already read those books and want to know how to apply those learning to a large enterprise—and not a tiny startup—with war stories from the trenches then you don't get much to go on.

There are few case studies, though the most commonly re-used one is the HP Laserjet FutureSmart team....but instead of reading this book you could just read A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development which is where all the information about the FutureSmart team comes from. And that's just another example of my fundamental problem with this book: it feels like it is mostly the Common Wisdom from a lot of other places but it doesn't back it up with any new information of its own.

It isn't a bad book. But you should just read the source material instead. We're only talking about a half-dozen books to get 95% of the value. And honestly, most of them you can find a good HBR-style article about them instead.
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The book relatively short, concise and practical as the authors intended it to be. It clearly explains how the disciplines of Lean, Agile, Kata, Lean Startup, and Design Thinking are converging through the unifying principles of an adaptive learning organisation. The authors we show how to grow organizations which can innovate rapidly in response to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies.

Part I of the book introduces the main themes of the book: culture, strategy, and the lifecycle of innovations.
In Part II the authors discuss how to explore new ideas to gather data so you can quickly evaluate which ones will provide value or see a sufficiently rapid uptake. Part III covers how to exploit validated ideas — those that emerge from the crucible of exploration — at scale, and also presents a systematic approach to improving the way we run large programs of work. Finally, Part IV shows how enterprises can grow an environment that fosters learning and experimentation, with a focus on culture, governance, financial management, IT, and strategy.

I skipped the software development, IT systems and processes parts since those are not that useful to me at the moment being a non-technical professional.
There is a big section on organisational culture that was an interesting reading itself, and, of course, culture transformation advice is of big value to enterprises that want to run lean. I also enjoyed the parts talking on the purpose of an organisation that has to guide strategic planning and all the further activities.

The most valuable part for me was the one on Balancing the enterprise portfolio.
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I had pretty high expectations on this book, and yes it delivers well. What is holding me back from awarding it a full five star rating is that it pretty much just rehashes stuff from other books and very few things feel new or innovative. However, all those rehashed ideas are very well presented and I think that this book has the value of quite a few outstanding books for those that haven't yet read "Toyota Kata" (Rother), "The Lean startup" (Ries) and a few more.
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Shares a step by step process of how to implement with real world examples? Good references to experts in the field.
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This is a great book to guide managers on which principles and practices to follow and which ones should be avoided. It's full of general advices and illustrated with many real cases. It actually doesn't tell how to implement any particular practice, for which you should address to the specific book.

If you have already read The Lean Start-up, Product Development Flow, Lean Analytics and Continuous Delivery you will find yourself skipping pages as their main contents are fed from those. The concepts of Lean Start-up seems to get very redundant through out all the book.

You will find interesting concepts on Metrics, Improvement Kata, Principle of Mission and the approach of experimenting and validating assumptions as in Lean Start-up.
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