- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (December 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934356859
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356852
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awesome. Kudos to you for documenting the everyday sort of decision making that has to happen for a big project to be successful. I hope it becomes a benchmark against which many more projects are judged.
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You know the Agile and Lean development buzzwords, you've read the books. But when systems need a serious overhaul, you need to see how it works in real life, with real situations and people. Lean from the Trenches is all about actual practice. Every key point is illustrated with a photo or diagram, and anecdotes bring you inside the project as you discover why and how one organization modernized its workplace in record time.
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I read the book in one go, without putting it down, during a five hour flight. The first part is the case study of the delivery of the Digital Investigation System for the Swedish Police Authority. The second part is a deeper dive into the techniques and tools used to set up and run the delivery process. The book is for experienced practitioners and newbies alike. People new to Kanban and Lean software delivery will benefit from a real-world warts-and-all case study, with a pretty good example of how things were set up. Examples of process metrics, bug handling, setting up a Kanban board across teams and handling technical stories will be particularly interesting to people who had some prior knowledge but haven't seen the techniques work at large. Part II will probably help newbies make a lot more sense out of Part I, so if you are completely new to the topic it might be worth reading the second part first. Practitioners will benefit from some nice insights and ideas spread across the first part of the book, for example imposing work-in-progress limits on bugs, distinguishing between buffer and WIP columns on Kanban boards and setting up a "continuous process improvement engine".
The last point is incredibly important, as continous process improvement is one of the key aspects of successful delivery in my experience. Knibeg nails it with "A great process isn't designed; it is evolved". Many other authors have written on this topic, but Kniberg's unique contribution with this book is a simple guideline that will help teams put this in place: Clarity, Communication, Data. Kniberg documents how physical boards provide visibility and clarity, how periodic process improvement workshops within a team and across teams communicate ideas and how simple metrics provide data to help a team stay on the right track. The entire chapter 10 is devoted to this topic. In addition to that chapter, my special thanks go to Kniberg for his glossary appendix, where he lists how they avoided the buzzword lingo that turns off so many people. For example, using "Process Improvement Meeting" instead of "Sprint Retrospective".
Five out of five stars, without hesitation. Drop whatever you are reading now and read this one instead.
I highly recommend reading this book and keeping it close at hand for future reference.