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Scaling Lean and Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum: Successful Large, Multisite and Offshore Products with Large-scale Scrum (Agile Software Development) Paperback – 8 Dec 2008

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 1 edition (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321480961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321480965
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Lean Development and Agile Methods for Large-Scale Products: Key Thinking and Organizational Tools for Sustainable Competitive Success

 

Increasingly, large product-development organizations are turning to lean thinking, agile principles and practices, and large-scale Scrum to sustainably and quickly deliver value and innovation. However, many groups have floundered in their practice-oriented adoptions. Why? Because without a deeper understanding of the thinking tools and profound organizational redesign needed, it is as though casting seeds on to an infertile field. Now, drawing on their long experience leading and guiding large-scale lean and agile adoptions for large, multisite, and offshore product development, and drawing on the best research for great team-based agile organizations, internationally recognized consultant and best-selling author Craig Larman and former leader of the agile transformation at Nokia Networks Bas Vodde share the key thinking and organizational tools needed to plant the seeds of product development success in a fertile lean and agile enterprise.

 

Coverage includes  

  • Lean thinking and development combined with agile practices and methods
  • Systems thinking
  • Queuing theory and large-scale development processes
  • Moving from single-function and component teams to stable cross-functional cross-component Scrum feature teams with end-to-end responsibility for features
  • Organizational redesign to a lean and agile enterprise that delivers value fast
  • Large-scale Scrum for multi-hundred-person product groups

In a competitive environment that demands ever-faster cycle times and greater innovation, applied lean thinking and agile principles are becoming an urgent priority. Scaling Lean & Agile Development will help leaders create the foundation for their lean enterprise–and deliver on the significant benefits of agility.

 

In addition to the foundation tools in this text, see the companion book Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum for complementary action tools.

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 is chief scientist at Valtech, an international consulting and offshore outsourcing company. His books include the best-sellers Agile & 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, an avid student of organizational, team management, and product development research, and remains an active developer.


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This book from Craig Larman and Bas Vodde is a classic example of the fact that it is better to teach somebody to fish than to give him fish. It emphasizes that it is important to "be agile" more than to "do agile". Approaches like Scrum or Lean are more frameworks to think about continuous improvement than tools that should be applied blindly like cooking recipes. The book will therefore tell you that "large-scale Scrum is Scrum" or that lean is not just kanban or waste reduction. The first part of the book is focused on thinking tools (systems thinking, lean thinking, queueing theory) that are presented with software project management related examples. Those who are looking for practical advice should not believe that the book remains only at the conceptual level. The authors distill many "try..." and "avoid..." recommendations that will help you implement agile and lean ideas in your organization. The second part of the book is devoted to organizational tools and the final chapter proposes frameworks to adapt Scrum to larger contexts.

This book is a must for those who believe that software development project management goes beyond the simple application of "silver bullet" recipes. It is a rich source of both thinking and practical content that is well suited for non-linear reading. A very good "Scrum primer" chapter at the end of the book will provide an introduction for those who are not familiar with this approach and a large number of "recommended readings" items will allow readers to explore more in details each concept.
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I have been using various Agile methods for over 8 years (DSDM, Scrum) with lots of success, but recently my focus has changed to considering the impacts of adopting Agile in organisations.

Agile is growing up - it has solved a lot of the problems at the technical team level but many projects still hit problems. Most practioners have hit these problems before, for example
- how to reconcile the flexibility of agile with annual IT budgets
- how to reconcile a fixed price contract without agreeing a set of requirements to deliver
etc.

Craig's book helps answer a lot of these questions, and also discusses the issues of scaling agile to larger teams, products, organisations. Most importantly the book introduces some excellent techniques that not only deliver a deeper understanding of Lean principles, but also give solid techniques and examples of applying them in companies.

My only criticism is that this book has a companion book which isn't released yet.
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There are few revolutionary ideas in this book, but it still manages to introduce the basics to the beginner. There is an almost fanatic emphasis on Toyota and its practices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for larger groups/organizations 19 Jan. 2014
By Mark W Rice - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic. The organizational context is well explained and many times suggested approaches are included that often come from the authors' direct experiences.

The systems thinking chapter is insightful. Many know components of this, but putting it together for this purpose and in this way was helpful and will be a valuable brainstorming/thinking tool. The continual emphasis on being agile rather than "doing it" is spot on... because (in my opinion) this will succeed or fail on how well it "seeps" into the culture over time.

Further the overview of tools was helpful. For some, this will be a set of tools, many of which they may not have realized were available. For others (thinking of some managerial people, but others too) it will legitimize their use, and legitimize why developers often love these kinds of tools.

I was struck by this book (and Essential Scrum for the same reason) how the cultural barriers and organizational contexts are so highlighted, because they are so pivotal.

I can also appreciate how the authors openly discuss organizations with whose approach they strongly disagree (made me laugh out loud in places) yet they didn't just bash in general, they were well thought out criticisms.

There are places in which I felt the authors were exaggerating to make a point. I wish that were left off. It at times caused me to re-read needlessly because it sounded so strong, but this is not too common so was OK.

The emphasis on research throughout, I greatly appreciated.

If you want to understand how to be agile in much larger groups, this is a great book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough questions addressed openly 6 Jun. 2014
By Russell Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Agile and Lean Development practices are a favorite among software developers, but they are not just software developer strategies.

How to reap the benefits Agile and Lean practices in any organization, be they of 12 or 12 hundred employees is explored in this book. No silver bullet is offered. In fact, their recommendation for large, multi-site and offshore development is simply "don't do it". That said in the first few pages, they go on to deal with reality.

I recommend this book to anyone struggling with the disconnect between obvious corporate reality and what is obviously good development practice. The two do not always line up... go figure.

It is not an easy journey, but worth the while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars substantial content on the level of something like Don Reinertsen's Principles of Product Development Flows 19 Mar. 2015
By Jon Jorgensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone interested in LeSS or SAFe, or Scrum@Scale, etc. should read this book. This is NOT light reading. It has very dense, substantial content on the level of something like Don Reinertsen's Principles of Product Development Flows. If you're practicing some kind of agile at scale, this book would be good to read a little every day, and formulate your own model of how it could work for your organization. This is definitely your go-to desk reference.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading 22 Jun. 2014
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Great principles-based exploration of Lean and Scrum. Covers a broad set of topics and is thus quite "light" but will serve as a jumping off point for other more focused areas of study (recommended reading).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit hard to read but packed with information 16 Feb. 2010
By Carlos Moran - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book a bit hard to read - I don't know if it is because it was written by two authors, or because I didn't know about Lean Thinking. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend it for anyone who wants to know why Scrum works and how to use it. It relates Scrum to Lean Thinking all over the book (this came as a surprise for me), includes real cases from several industries and clearly avoids dogmatism.
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