Toward skilled, innovative and effective software cultures

A Listmania! list by Robert C. King (St. Paul, MN United States)
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The list author says: "We have crossed the chasm with lean and agile software development approaches only to encounter familiar subversive influences on the other side. We have success building software when we realize it is not routinizable and this success has brought these techniques into the mainstream. Now, broader influences are trying to routinize them.

We, as Software Development Leaders, must turn these broader influences away from the urge to routinize and toward the support of the craftsmanship of skilled people that is required to effectively build software. This is a list of books that provide a foundation to help us help our organizations make this turn."
Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota's System is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It
1.  Product Development for the Lean Enterprise: Why Toyota's System is Four Times More Productive and How You Can Implement It by Michael Kennedy
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  "A wonderful story where corporate good, an approach to product development that celebrates and encourages creativity, chaos, learning and effectiveness, triumphs over evil, an approach that wrings any hint of human nature out of the process."
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The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage
2.  The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage by Roger L. Martin
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  "Reliability does not guarantee validity.  We rush to establish routines that can measurably deliver results.  But those results may not be valid.  We must balance our pursuit of predictable results with a desire to create valid results by allowing ourselves and others to wallow in mysteries, to play with heuristics before establishing algorithms."
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The Toyota Product Development System: Integrating People, Process And Technology
3.  The Toyota Product Development System: Integrating People, Process And Technology by Jeffrey K. Liker
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  "The book focuses on product development for the auto industry.  if you take the approach that software development is really product development, then you will be able to take much away from this book to influence your thinking on software development."
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The Minding Organization: Bring the Future to the Present and Turn Creative Ideas into Business Solutions
4.  The Minding Organization: Bring the Future to the Present and Turn Creative Ideas into Business Solutions by Moshe F. Rubinstein
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A Tale of Two Systems: Lean and Agile Software Development for Business Leaders
5.  A Tale of Two Systems: Lean and Agile Software Development for Business Leaders by Michael K. Levine
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The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm
6.  The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley
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