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Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum Paperback – February 5, 2010

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (February 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780321636409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321636409
  • ASIN: 0321636406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Craig Larman is a management and product development consultant in enterprise-level adoption and use of lean development, agile principles and practices, and large scale Scrum in large, multisite, and offshore development. He served as chief scientist at Valtech, an international consulting and agile offshore outsourcing company. His books include the best-sellers Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide (Addison-Wesley, 2004) and Applying UML and Patterns, Third Edition (Prentice Hall, 2005).

 

Bas Vodde works as an independent product development consultant and large scale Scrum coach. For several years he led the agile and Scrum enterprise-wide adoption initiative at Nokia Networks. He is passionate about improving product development, and an avid student of organizational, team management, and product development research, and remains an active developer. Bas is the coauthor (with Craig) of the companion book Scaling Lean & Agile Development (Addison-Wesley, 2009).


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Koh on August 30, 2010
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The content is rich and covers almost everything about scrum.
This is a very good book on agile development, unfortunately, inappropriately named.

1) Readers who bought this book, probably are interested in the additional stuff on multisite and offshore, and not the everything about Agile Development. Thus, this book can be, should be a lot thinner.

2) The book contains lots of good examples. Unfortunately, I have to jump around the book to read them. Thus, the organization of the content can be improved.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Sahota on July 22, 2012
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This book is in my opinion, invaluable for anyone looking at scaling Agile/Scrum to beyond just one team.

It has clear, practical advice. In particular, the clarification of the dangers of component teams is particularly valuable as well as communication patterns between teams.

As an Agile coach, I have personally applied some of the patterns with success and sadly have witnessed many of the anti-patterns play out.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward Willis on June 23, 2010
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I was blown away by "Scaling Lean & Agile Development". Some time has passed since then but I still feel that it's one of the most important development books I've read. That book alluded to the companion volume, "Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development", and as you can imagine I awaited its publication eagerly. It came out in February - I've worked my way through it now. It's most definitely a worthy successor.

The first book presents theoretical and philosophical underpinnings for agile and lean development. The second book presents a survey of practices relevant to all aspects of the process of developing software at scale, presented by two guys who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

The above was taken from a longer review on the Rally Agile blog - you can see the rest of it there ([...] and then follow the links for the agile blog).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanmugam Annapoorani on July 18, 2010
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This book is a companion book of 'Scaling Lean and Agile Development - Thinking and Organisational Tools for Large Scale Scrum'. In this book the authors talk about the various scrum practices which can be adopted while an organisation transform to agile and maintain its agility. It takes an understanding of systems thinking, queuing theory, feature teams, requirement areas, the impact of organisation policies explained in detail in the companion book, for these practices to bloom into a flower. With a little investment in learning and organisation re-design, these action tools can be very effective.

The cover page of the book is quite different with fractal art in it. The explanation given is also unique. It denotes that, there is no 'fractal' or 'best' practice but only adequate practice depending on specific context and situation of the enterprise. Practice should always be improved upon, even when relevant to a new context, though the underlying principles do not change. Even these fractal principles, practiced at team level may not work at enterprise level.

I liked the legacy code chapter the most as I was able to relate to it better, working in a legacy product with several millions of LOC. The authors argue that the only two reasons for legacy code are poor development skills and unrealistic deadlines with fixed content. Solution for the first issue is continual learning. The second one is quite tricky. It is suggested that organisations could be transparent and collaborate with the customers by involving them in the product development - reporting the development status to the key customers iteration by iteration with a release burn down chart and updated PBL, asking them feedback on priorities and modified goals , and giving probabilistic estimates.
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This book is an amazing collection of practices within lean & agile (and Scrum). While targeting scaling, these are valuable for single site users too. These are very practical slices from many projects with many applicable components. The wide array of experiments that Craig and Bas have collected here is of tremendous value, and done in a way that is not imposing their solutions on any other context. The strong message is to facilitate the teams to consider what works for them, whether it be these ideas, variants, or something else entirely. These often include WHY they an idea was successful or not, which greatly helps in understanding how it might fit in a given context. If you're serious about using lean and agile concepts, I highly recommend this book. (NOTE ABOUT THE COMPANION: I also recommend the companion book, but unlike a prior reviewer, I highly recommend this even without the prior... but you are missing out if you don't also read the other.)
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