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The Art of Lean Software Development

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This succinct book explains how you can apply the practices of Lean software development to dramatically increase productivity and quality. Based on techniques that revolutionized Japanese manufacturing, Lean principles are being applied successfully to product design, engineering, the supply chain, and now software development. With The Art of Lean Software Development, y ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 30th 2009 by O'Reilly Media (first published December 15th 2008)
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Mar 09, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok
This book was a bit of a disappointment. I was looking for a book that would describe the Lean process and how it applies to software. Instead of that, this book gave me 100 pages talking about all the stuff that any self-respecting SW Engineer already does: source code control, unit tests, automated builds, continuous integration, etc. The last 15 pages of the book (yes, the book is only 117 pages long) started to get into the Lean concepts but then only gave an overview. Now I'm still looking ...more
Kuoting Cliff
Sep 07, 2014 Kuoting Cliff rated it liked it
A very lean book that provides a good brief description of lean software development.
Amy Gilchrist Thorne
Mar 14, 2009 Amy Gilchrist Thorne rated it it was ok
Shelves: tech
The authors of this book come right out and state that it's meant to be an overview for people new to agile and lean software development. Since I've already read a few books on the subject, I didn't find much new here. But to be fair, I was warned and probably should have paid heed.

If you've heard of agile or lean software development, but haven't read about it or tried any of its practices, and want an introduction, this book is probably a good one for you.

But if you've already read other book
Vasili Puchko
May 09, 2011 Vasili Puchko rated it it was ok
Shelves: technical
It's a good book for people who doesn't know common Agile technicks and approaches. It shortly describes technicks and approaches used in Lean. But it doesn't add anything new.
So if you know about Agile, read Agile-centric blogs and articles, know and, hopefully, use Agile techniks and approaches like BDUF, YAGNI, CI, DI, TDD, BDD, Kanban, S.O.L.I.D., and etc., then it would be faster, easier, and cheapier to dive in Lean if you read an article or two about lean from wikipedia. Don't waste your
May 05, 2013 gramakri rated it liked it
A very well written book in a easy to understand language. Highly recommended for an absolute newbie to Lean Software Development.
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Patrick Stein
May 31, 2015 Patrick Stein rated it liked it
Shelves: software
Short book. Not bad overall. Not outstanding.

Does introduce the concepts of Lean development, but doesn't go into very much depth or very deep examples of places it has worked well for software.
Jun 18, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
Shelves: technology
Good overview of how to apply the Lean principles pioneered by Toyota in manufacturing to software development.
Erik Schoster
Aug 24, 2009 Erik Schoster rated it really liked it
This really changed the way I work, and the way I think about working for the better.
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