- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (September 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321437381
- ISBN-13: 978-0321437389
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
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"This remarkable book combines practical advice, ready-to-use techniques, anda deep understanding of why this is the right way to develop software. I haveseen software teams transformed by the ideas in this book."
--Mike Cohn, author of Agile Estimating and Planning
"As a lean practitioner myself, I have loved and used their first book for years.When this second book came out, I was delighted that it was even better. If youare interested in how lean principles can be useful for software developmentorganizations, this is the book you are looking for. The Poppendiecks offer abeautiful blend of history, theory, and practice."
--Alan Shalloway, coauthor of Design Patterns Explained
"I've enjoyed reading the book very much. I feel it might even be better than thefirst lean book by Tom and Mary, while that one was already exceptionallygood! Mary especially has a lot of knowledge related to lean techniques inproduct development and manufacturing. It's rare that these techniques areactually translated to software. This is something no other book does well(except their first book)."
"The new book by Mary and Tom Poppendieck provides a well-written andcomprehensive introduction to lean principles and selected practices for softwaremanagers and engineers. It illustrates the application of the values andpractices with well-suited success stories. I enjoyed reading it."
"In Implementing Lean Software Development, the Poppendiecks explore moredeeply the themes they introduced in Lean Software Development. They beginwith a compelling history of lean thinking, then move to key areas such asvalue, waste, and people. Each chapter includes exercises to help you apply keypoints. If you want a better understanding of how lean ideas can work withsoftware, this book is for you."
--Bill Wake, independent consultant
In 2003, Mary and Tom Poppendieck's Lean Software Development introduced breakthrough development techniques that leverage Lean principles to deliver unprecedented agility and value. Now their widely anticipated sequel and companion guide shows exactly how to implement Lean software development, hands-on.
This new book draws on the Poppendiecks' unparalleled experience helping development organizations optimize the entire software value stream. You'll discover the right questions to ask, the key issues to focus on, and techniques proven to work. The authors present case studies from leading-edge software organizations, and offer practical exercises for jumpstarting your own Lean initiatives.
- Managing to extend, nourish, and leverage agile practices
- Building true development teams, not just groups
- Driving quality through rapid feedback and detailed discipline
- Making decisions Just-in-Time, but no later
- Delivering fast: How PatientKeeper delivers 45 rock-solid releases per year
- Making tradeoffs that really satisfy customers
About the Author
Mary Poppendieck is a seasoned leader in operations and product development with more than thirty years of IT experience. She has led teams implementing solutions ranging from enterprise supply chain management to digital media, and built one of 3M's first Just-in-Time Lean production systems. Mary is the president of Poppendieck LLC, which specializes in bringing Lean techniques to software development.
Tom Poppendieck is an enterprise analyst, architect, and agile process mentor with more than twenty-five years of experience developing and implementing complex systems. He currently assists organizations in applying Lean principles and tools to software development processes.
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This installment gives a good foundation in the background of lean based on Toyota, and it includes good foundations in the seven lean principles as applied to software development. The authors continue the format that they used for their first book where they present principles and give tools for thinking rather than overly simplistic “best practices”. Each chapter ends with a “Try This” section with questions and suggestions for how to use the principles within your own environment. Each one is excellent, but I found Chapter 9 on Partners to be of particular importance. They outline three common reasons for outsourcing that are actually harmful. I discussed the topic with two of my colleagues, and both of them named two of the three. However, neither of them cited the valid reason that the authors give - increasing knowledge and capability. In addition, I liked the theme that runs through the book of enabling people to think and experiment using the scientific method. This is truly a lost art as too many companies try to substitute tools and process for intellectual capability. I won’t attempt to cover everything that the authors did, but hopefully I’ve raised your curiosity.
I highly recommend Implementing Lean Software Development. The first book is not a prerequisite, but it is good complementary material. Anyone who wants to improve their knowledge on lean software development will benefit from this book. Now, I’m off to dive in to Leading Lean Software Development.
The authors like to bring in real-world examples to help bolster their arguments but frequently get the facts or their interpretation wrong. While the authors need not be experts in areas outside their expertise, one would expect that they would fact-check the basis of some fairly definitive statements; here are some examples: "... 16 is the standard number of missiles in a submarine to this day" (wrong since 1979 when first 24 missile Trident sub was launched); "... in 1985 the value of the yen started its steep fall" (actually the value of the yen rose). Nitpicking?---perhaps, but I find them wrong on areas that I know a little bit about, it makes me wonder how well they are doing when citing knowledge that is unfamiliar to me.
The authors belittle an "efficient expert" (the subject of "Cheaper by the Dozen") for believing there is only one way to efficiently do things. They later turn around and advocate that all developers be subjected to inspections---not inspections of their software but inspections of their desks to insure that they are tidy. They opine that a developer with a messy desk will probably be responsible for messy software; do they feel that a little maid-service will massively reduce software defects? (Why is it that morning people and neat-freaks always so self-righteous?). Sounds pretty "one-way" to me.
The bottom line is that you could probably find a good article in print somewhere that would provide you with most of the content here saving both time and money (sounds like the "lean" way to do things). Still you will get some value for your time and money if you do invest in this book.
I would like to recommend also these other two lean books Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated and The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production-- Toyota's Secret Weapon in the Global Car Wars That Is Now Revolutionizing World Industry which go into the research and rational behind the concepts in this book. It will sort out your doubts.
I found myself reading this book during coffee breaks. It's a great read.