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Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash

(A Kent Beck Signature Book)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy focusing on reduction of the 7 wastes (Over-production, Waiting time, Transportation, Processing, Inventory, Motion and Scrap) in manufactured products. These principles have revolutionized manufacturing and have been adopted by the most innovative product companies including Toyota and 3M. In 2003 the Poppendieck's published " ...more
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Published October 1st 2006 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published September 1st 2006)
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Yevgeniy Brikman
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job of covering most of the critical concepts of lean/agile development. The organization of the book is a bit random and the writing can occasionally be dry (especially the intro chapter), but the book is packed so full of useful insights that it's worth reading anyway.

Some of my favorite non-obvious ideas from this book:

* Smaller batches have less variation. The variation in a 60 minute task is typically going to be measured in minutes; the variation in a 60 day task is
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Eduards Sizovs
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Want to understand Lean Software Development better or systematize already existing knowledge? That's the book you need.
Henri Hämäläinen
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've read Poppendieck book's before and followed their teachings for some time already. This book had slipped my radar for some reason and I'm actually glad it had. It was really nice to go through thoughts from basics of Lean and Agile software development, without still wasting many pages on those. This book excellently reminds on the basics, but still give valuable information for the more experienced ones.

Book is full of excellent examples starting from the 70's and 80's, but coming back to
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Tom
May 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech, nonfiction
This is a book I wish everyone in my company would read--project managers, business analysts, QA engineers, developers, janitors, etc. It's an excellent primer to lean and agile thinking, and I think the "Try This" sections at the end of each chapter would be great exercises for getting our company to think about process improvement.

The book did get repetitive, though, and it seemed a little excessive in its praise of Toyota. And for a book with such an emphasis on quality assurance, I was mildl
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Dávid Molnár
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book so much, that I after finishing it, I had to read it again. I was already somewhat familiar with the topics of value, speed and quality, but chapters on waste, knowledge, people, partners and journey gave me a whole new set of ideas. This book really motivates me to dig deeply into the lean thinking.

Implementing Lean Software Development is truly remarkable, comprehensive, very-well written and easy to read. Mary and Tom show a deep understanding why the lean principl
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Benoit Blanchon
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book: a must-read for every manger.

Some of my favorite quotes:

Discipline (p. 190): "You mean we have to do all that stuff? We though lean meant going fast, but that quality stuff looks like a lot of work!" Indeed.

Code Reviews (p. 194): We think that using code reviews to enforce standards or even to find defects is a waste. Code analyzers and IDE checks are the proper tools to enforce most standards, while automated testing practices are the proper way to avoid most defects.
Toni Tassani
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-physical
It is now a classic, but it's still very valuable and the suggestions still hold valid. It adds much more than the first book "Lean Software Development" (2003), and from the pages you get to understand concepts and techniques of Lean applied to software, like 5S or A3. Testing, configuration management, integration or contracts are also covered with a, surprisingly, still valid narrative.
Yury Chudnovsky
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good reminder of what lean is about.
This book will be very good for people who don't know where to start and how to find opportunities for improvements.
Also will be a good knowledge refresher for people who already know a lot about Software development processes, but forgot how and why all practises need to be combined together.
Oleksii Zuiev
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Gives a good overview of Toyota Production System principles & how they can be applied to software development. Then it sets an ambitious goal to cover nearly all aspects of lean software organization (people, quality, knowledge, etc) and here it often feels shallow and lacking flow. ...more
Simon
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent summary of good practices and a healthy view on organizing effective enterprises.
Ágoston Török
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Practical, concise, thoughtful. Great book
Russell
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of agile. Big 'A' agile makes me a little suspicious, but lean and small 'a' agile? Big fan.

I'm part of a small team that supports a legacy application at work. It's also what makes the money to pay the bills for our company, so there is a lot of pressure to keep it up and running and still meet client requests.

The system is sprawling. Most of the work was done in VB6, but we have tons of SQL, Stored Procedures, a good chunk of HTML with JavaScript, and a healthy dose of ASP.Net d
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James Tharpe
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the missing link to anyone doing Agile software development. I have been using Agile successfully for years but, as with any process, there is always room to improve. Beyond the basic framework that an Agile process provides, many of the challenges that arise are specific to the the organization or the customer. While Agile processes provide the mechanism to address these issues (e.g. retrospectives), they don't offer as much as they could when it comes to specific techniques. Thus, find ...more
Johnny
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another great book written by Mary Poppendieck. If you are interested in Lean Software and how you can build better products based on proven concepts, then this book is a treasure trove. You will find the fundamental ideas behind lean, the mind-set it requires (trust and self-improvement, not micro-management) and how the idea of lean production developed over the last century until it was transformed to fit needs of software development. It’s well written and you will reach the appendix far too ...more
Wahid Shalaly
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agile, lean
Another good book for Marry & Tom Poppendieck. The first one, "Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit for Software Development Managers" was very exiting to read, good & simple introduction to Lean for newcomers. In addition to variety of tools to apply & examples to make the idea clear enough.

In this second book, the beginning wasn't that attractive for me as the previous book, but by mid of the book it started to get more interesting. The book is packed with very good examples for success
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Eric
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-to-read
This book is great! Published 7 years ago just when the "Agile" development movement was hitting its critical mass, this book talks about the roots of Lean and ties almost everything back to the TPS (Toyota Production System) roots. Organized differently than most Lean/Agile/Scrum books I have read, Concept to Cash still includes all the major ideas - e.g. pull scheduling, testing (testing testing), deferred specification/commitment, and frequent communication for all stakeholders - and offers s ...more
Rick Austin
Review probably biased because I am a fan of the Poppendieck's. We hosted them at our company for a speaking engagement last year and it was an awesome talk.

This book gets down to the nuts and bolts of eliminating waste and increasing cycle time for your software development organization. Based upon the proven practices of the Toyota Production System it should be high on anyone's list that is involved with software development.

The book is full of practical advice and real world examples of how
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Scott
Jul 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: software engineers
Mary Poppendieck has great understanding of lean development. She studied the Toyota method of manufacturing and found a way to apply it to software. The "YAGNI" idea is key - You Ain't Going to Need It principle. Only develop what is necessary, nothing more and nothing less and get it out the door quickly. I have heard her speak and she tells the story about a retailer who can ship it quickly has fewer returns than a retailer who can't quite get the shipment out so soon. There is time for the c ...more
Franck Chauvel
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This book explains "lean" software development: how the agile processes can be seen as applying the key ideas beyond the Toyota Production System (TPS) to software development. I liked the many stories which illustrate various lean success stories as well as some unexpected historical references. What I retain is that "lean" adds a human-centered dimension to agile: empowering people so they get creative, try, fail, learn and eventually improve their work processes by themselves. Though, how to ...more
Adil Khashtamov
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read Russian version of this book and frankly speaking the translation is awful. The book has been translated unprofessionaly and consists of grammatical errors, typos and "hard-to-read-and-understand-sentences". It took me 2-3 times to reread paragraphs in order to understand the meaning of Russian words. Overall, the book's content is good. I have already read Lean Startup by Eric Ries, hence I understand ideas behind lean approach especially for software development and MVP development ...more
Vladyslav
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-paper-copy, it
This book is a joy. I may even call it as "Handbook Of Lean Software Development" or "Lean Software Development Manual". The book contains a great deal of experience from different companies Mr. and Mrs. Poppendieck worked with as well as from Toyota automobile manufacturer. Actually the way how Toyota works goes as a red line across the book. The material has solid reference base.

I will definitely go for other books from Poppendieck pair.
Glenn Burnside
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I appreciate the Poppendieck's approach to explaining lean concepts and applying them to software development. However, after reading three of their books, I'm convinced that what they really need to do is condense it down to 1 slightly longer book. There's too much overlap in content between each of their publications.
Jim
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Well, finally, after 2 years partially read, I finally dug back in. Definintely and interesting book, some great portions to reference and use later.
Paul Rayner
Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Awesome read. Making me rethink much of what I thought about agile software development.
Pascal Mestdach
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: agile, favorites
This book was an eye opener for me. It contains so much insight on so many topics, on every chapter, every paragraph. To be short, this book is a must read!
Clinton Sheppard
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: programming
Excellent coverage of many topics in lean and agile. I particularly like the concept of a living company.
Russ
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: software
Very practical overview of lean software development. I would consider this a must read for anyone that wants to understand or lead lean software development.
Fabio Fabbrucci
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lean are mostly principles to me.
This book helps implementing these principles in real projects.

Great!
Gustavo Chaves
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devops
One of the best books I've read on how to structure an organization to develop software.

I'm going to read it again and take notes this time.
Eric
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great introductory book.
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