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Leading the Transformation: Applying Agile and DevOps Principles at Scale

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Software is becoming more and more important across a broad range of industries, yet most technology executives struggle to deliver software improvements their businesses require.

Leading-edge companies like Amazon and Google are applying DevOps and Agile principles to deliver large software projects faster than anyone thought possible. But most executives don’t understan
Kindle Edition, 113 pages
Published July 26th 2015 by IT Revolution
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Peter Spung
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very practical advice for leading the DevOps transformation including setting busibess objectives, practices to adopt, progress measures, and culture change. The audience is senior managers who must improve the stability and throughput of software delivered by their organization.
Yevgeniy Brikman
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A practical guide for executives on how to apply Agile and DevOps principles to large organizations. This book is based on real-world experience at HP and it doesn't try to sugar coat how difficult such a transformation really is. They tell you up front that it took them 3 years, which is the right time scale for thinking about these issues. That's because it's not just about tossing in a few new technologies or techniques; it's about changing how people think, the goals of the organization, and ...more
Henry Suryawirawan
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A concise 100-pages book on how to drive Agile and DevOps transformation for executives, a distilled learning from the HP printer case study as famously referred in the Continuous Delivery book. This book serves greatly as introductory materials for executives who want to understand why they should adopt Agile and DevOps and what important technical practices to drive in order to be highly successful. The case study referred showed that such transformation is possible in any type of software pro ...more
Warren Mcpherson
A quick introduction to the core ideas around extending continuous improvement to software operations. By focusing on large enterprises it shows how concepts are applied outside the domain you might expect. The ideas are developed in terms of concrete business objectives. The explanations are very clear. They discuss the concepts that need to be evangelized to drive the shift to continuous development, rigorous testing, and rapid development cycles in a large organization and are clear about the ...more
Jordan Munn
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a quick read, maybe a little too quick/efficient/terse. The main idea presented - that executives need to maintain a clear, ongoing set of business priorities that can guide enterprise-level DevOps and continuous delivery transformations - is well-taken, but they could have provided a more robust analysis/conversation that addressed some of the other factors that may have helped or hurt their own experience at HP. However, what I got out was well worth the time I put in.
Bhushan Nagaraj
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really focusses on the technical challenges teams run into when moving to continuous integration and deployment. It highlights the balance between the cultural and technical changes and the support of leadership. Highly recommend for people working in large organisations working with legacy code bases.
John Fletcher
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great simple book that does a really good job summarizing some of the devops and agile principles. Would recommend. Will reference and already have multiple times. Really gold for enterprises trying to go to agile.
Steve Steidle
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Excellent executive level summary of Agile and DevOps principles. A good gateway drug to get the more resistant leaders in your organization to understand the imperatives and benefits for evolving your org.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
No nonsense fast overview of HP's dev ops mindset change. There are a lot of sage wisdom in this fast read. The big nugget, move toward a continually stable trunk and release often if you want to enable a true change.

The bits on firmware and embedded also echo some of my experiences as well.
Debashish Mishra
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quick to the point tips on implementation. Moreover being an audio book, you can listen to it while walking or commuting to office.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the background on Toyota Kata, 6 sigma, Kanban and how manufacturing has its place in software development. The book was repetitive and failed to spark many new insights.
Ozgur Deniz
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How can you make agile methods work in organisations
Bry Willis
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I recommend this, one of my favourite transformation books. Choir-preaching to be sure. Compared to Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale , which I'd suggest reading first, Leading the Transformation covered slightly different ground and greater depth in the areas of DevOps. A big take-away is the need to get executive commitment in order to effect meaningful change, which must be orchestrated through change management. Although The Lean Startup: How Today's En ...more
Rafn Rafnsson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick and enjoyable read grasping the broad scope of how one applying agile and devops in larger organizations. Note that this book mostly covers the principles and not the details on how to apply it. I also liked that they had reference cases throughout the book to back their points.
Rao Kasibhotla
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid overview And techniques to succeed

I liked the fact that the book focused on how to mature the environment to get to DevOps. Pragmatism and focus on continuous improvement rather than trying to force by the Agile book. If you are thinking about DevOps or you think you already it, important you check this book out.

It is clear that the authors' experience is centered around product, similar experience applies to IT application development. Similar is not same. Would be better to articulate t
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice summary of what it takes to turn around large-scale enterprise software development processes. If, like me, you are not a CTO of a large enterprise, you'll spend a lot of the book nodding in agreement and feeling like there's not a ton you can do about any of it without executive buy in. As far as the writing style, this was an excellent bed time read, so good, in fact, that it took me over a month to finish 100 pages. This book could have benefited from a proofreader as well. ...more
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book for executives leading organizations and businesses whose primary function is software development. Hats off to the authors for discussing pragmatic ways that large traditional organizations can employ when making the turn to agile operating principles.
Thomas Brooks
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a transformation consultant, this is my new go to recommendation for executive leadership. This book is a quick but detailed read on how and more importantly why companies perform agile/devops transformations.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great Starter on DevOps!

This book was exactly what I was looking for and I highly recommend if you're an executive or manager planning or pondering this change!
Michael Tomlin
Great story, well put together
Alex Cuva
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting book for senior leader wish to bring improvement in their development cycle. The transformation approach is really interesting.
Andre Zaru
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
A good summary on moving from Waterfall to Devops company-wide . Based on the author experience at HP's Printer Division. ...more
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