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A very valuable book for agile development, 22 Jan. 2014
I read this book as part of an agile book club - we all read a book per month and then meet up to share our perspectives on the book chosen.
I did find it a challenge to read, and many parts I had to read twice or more. Had it not been for the group I may have struggled to finish it. There is quite a lot of mathematics in it, which can be difficult for some.
However, the book conveys some very good ideas. The economics give you a common value for making choices between different product development options. The parts on design in process inventory, cost of delay and life cycle profits will help our agile teams to give the best value to the customer.
I really appreciated the differentiation made throughout the book between manufacturing (the basis of a lot of lean thinking) and product development, which has variability, is non repetitive and non-homogeneous.
The chapters on managing queues, exploiting variability, reduced batch size, fast feedback and decentralised control were really informative.
I am really pleased that I have read this book. At times I struggled, but the journey was worth it. I will keep this book on my desk and refer to it often.