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Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale (Lean (O'Reilly)) Hardcover – January 3, 2015
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About the Author
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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The Lean Series, curated by Eric Ries, is a collection of books written by the best people in the field, on topics that matter. The authors dive down into Lean Startup implementation-level details, providing readers with information they can immediately put to use.
We live in an age of unparalleled opportunity for innovation. We’re building more products than ever before, but most of them fail—not because we can’t complete what we set out to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product.
What we need is a systematic process for quickly vetting product ideas and raising our odds of success. That’s the promise of Running Lean.
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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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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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