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Rolling Rocks Downhill: Accelerate Agile using Goldratt's TOC
Rolling Rocks Downhill: Accelerate Agile using Goldratt's TOC
Price: £1.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think of small batches, think of the good read, 12 Dec 2014
This is a great read. It tells you the basics truths about software development, which you'll also happily learn apply to many other aspects of life too. The story is also highly engaging. If you're in software development this will be a good way to understand the concepts in practice as part of a transition from wherever you are now to something different. If you're in an agile team already, then this will help you understand the 'big picture' away from the daily practices, and remind you of why the practices are there. Go read it, deploy the concepts and have a brighter future. Just don't think about small batches.


Impact Mapping: Making a Big Impact with Software Products and Projects
Impact Mapping: Making a Big Impact with Software Products and Projects
by Tom Poppendieck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mix of agile, lean and design thinking approaches, 11 Oct 2013
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This is a good description of why you want to use impact mapping, plus a guide on how to facilitate an impact mapping event. I liked that it took the good things from Gilb's impact estimation approach and coupled these with the 'do don't talk' approaches for early validation from service design and design thinking so that you see how you can shorten the feedback loop and also put effort where it's required to achieve results.


Thinking from Within: A Hands-On Strategy Practice
Thinking from Within: A Hands-On Strategy Practice
by Johan Roos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £88.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A good book on the background to Lego Serious Play, 20 Mar 2012
This is a great book about Lego Serious Play and why the process works. This is the book about the process, although it only mentions Lego once on page 77, and has lots of photos (in the hardback edition) of Lego being used in the facilitation process, there is no mention of Lego Serious Play. Nonetheless, this book explain how the process came into being, and why it works. Read it, understand it, and use the ideas. If they explained and admitted to being the developers of the Lego Serious Play process, then this would have been a five star review.


Scrumban - Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development (Modus Cooperandi Lean)
Scrumban - Essays on Kanban Systems for Lean Software Development (Modus Cooperandi Lean)
by Corey Ladas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars best know background before reading, 29 Jun 2011
This book is good, IF, you know the background and have read the books he mentions in the Introduction. These are: Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash (Addison-Wesley Signature), Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit by Tom and Mary Poppendieck, Agile Management for Software Engineering: Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results by David Anderson, and Managing the Design Factory: A Product Developers Tool Kit by Donald Reinertson.

If you've read them, then the ideas from those upon which he builds will make sense. As he says somewhere in the book, he doesn't want to rehash arguments others have already made.

If you've not read these other books, then read them first, plus David Anderson's Kanban book, which has since come out too. Then come back and read this book and it will make sense to you.


Principles of Software Engineering Management
Principles of Software Engineering Management
by Tom Gilb
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Still a standard after 20 years, 8 Jun 2009
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Gilb's principles of software engineering management is a forerunner and influencial book to the agile software development revolution. When you read this you see all the parts that you recognise from elsewhere, plus learn how to measure your success using impact estimation tables. This book is all about incremental iteration and, even if you've read his newer comparative engineering book, you'll still find lots of useful details here, which are not in the other book. This book is delivered in a a more relaxed manner, and also covers a few useful aspects such as interfaces, and antecedents of the agile perspective in the literature, which is rather nice. Definately one you should pick up and read.


Rocks Into Gold Pocket Book
Rocks Into Gold Pocket Book
by Clarke Ching
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find your gold, 18 May 2009
Clarke's book is a great idea book. It takes one simple idea and shows how you can use that idea to make more money making software. It is such a simple idea too, which he shows in his story that you'll be amazed more people aren't using it.

If you help to make software, then spend the money for this book. Having this book should make you more successful in your software projects. That should be MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL actually. Really. Read it and see the light. Yes, it is that good. Quality, not quantity is what matters here.


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