Lean and Agile Development for Large-Scale Key Practices 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. Drawing on their long experience leading and guiding lean and agile adoptions for large, multisite, and offshore product development, internationally recognized consultant and best-selling author Craig Larman and former leader of the agile transformation at Nokia Networks Bas Vodde share the key action tools needed for success. Coverage includes In a competitive environment that demands ever-faster cycle times and greater innovation, the practices inspired by lean thinking and agile principles are ever-more relevant. Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development will help people realize a lean enterprise―and deliver on the significant benefits of agility. In addition to the action tools in this text, see the companion book Scaling Lean & Agile Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum for complementary foundation tools.
I have been using this weighty book as a resource for about a year, now. After having read most of it in this manner, I've gone back and started reading it again from page 1. It's that type of book. But perhaps more valuable than the many suggestions (and warnings), is the attitude. You try things as "experiments," not as solutions. Things work, things don't work, you learn, and you get better. The amazing thing is that with an attitude that accepts uncertainty and failure, you ultimately become much more successful.... and happy.
"Practices for Scaling Lean and Agile" is a book written by Craig Larman that provides an overview of how to apply Lean and Agile methodologies to large, complex software development projects.
Lean thinking, agile principles and practices, and large-scale Scrum are increasingly used by large product-development organizations for delivering value and innovation sustainably and quickly.
With their decades of experience leading and guiding large, multi-site, and offshore product development adoptions of lean and agile, internationally recognized consultant and best-selling author Craig Larman and former Nokia Networks agile transformation leader Bas Vodde provide key action tools that you can apply right now.
In a competitive environment that demands ever-faster cycle times and greater innovation, lean thinking and agile principles are increasingly relevant.
Among the concrete practices discussed in this book are lean product development with large-scale Scrum, agile offshore development, multisite development, coordination, and planning of multi-hundred-person product groups, as well as requirements, contracts, architecture, and design.
- Frameworks for large-scale Scrum for multi-hundred-person product groups - Testing and building quality in - Low-quality legacy code: why it’s created, and how to stop it - Continuous integration in a large multisite context - Agile architecting - Multisite or offshore development - Contracts and outsourced development
Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development will help people realize a lean enterprise―and deliver the significant benefits of agility.
The book covers the principles and practices of Lean and Agile development, and how to apply them to large, complex software development projects.
The author covers the key practices and strategies needed to successfully scale Lean and Agile, including product backlogs, Kanban boards, and scaling frameworks such as LeSS and SAFe.
The book covers the challenges and pitfalls teams might encounter when scaling Lean and Agile and offers practical solutions to overcome them.
The author provides real-world examples and case studies from his experience implementing Lean and Agile in large organizations.
The book covers the importance of leadership, communication, and collaboration in the scaling process.
In conclusion, "Practices for Scaling Lean and Agile" is a must-read for anyone looking to apply Lean and Agile methodologies to large, complex software development projects.
The author, Craig Larman, provides a comprehensive overview of the key practices and strategies needed to successfully scale Lean and Agile, as well as real-world examples and case studies that make it easy to understand and apply the concepts to your own team.
By understanding the challenges and pitfalls of scaling and how to overcome them, teams can successfully implement Lean and Agile to achieve the best results. It's a valuable resource for anyone looking to take their Agile journey to the next level and scale it to larger projects.
This book is a follow-up of Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum, by the same authors. The content of the book is organized as a series of "experiments" (or tips from the authors) that agile practitioners can try when applying lean and agile principles at scale. These experiments cover many different areas, namely: testing, product management, coordination, planning, requirements, design and architecture, offshore, multisite and contracts to name a few.
I read this massive book cover to cover, right after reading the companion book Scaling Lean & Agile Development, even though I was skeptical about the content due to its age, I was positively impressed by it. I even came across one experiment that gave me something to try for a problem I currently have at hand. Having said that, there are some chapters that have aged worse than others. For example, the one about continuous integration... rare is the company that does not use Git as a source control tool these days, or a company that doesn't have an automated build.
I would have given this book 5 stars if it wasn't because some content has aged a bit. Other than that, it is a book that I will happily keep in my personal library for future references. The breadth and depth of it is really remarkable.
The book is structured around concepts and series of experiments, with many of those exploring both sides of things, like "Try ABC" and "Avoid ABC", pointing out to the context in which the same strategy can be good or bad, or anything in the middle. Far from recipes or dogma, the book explores the complexity of developing products at scale, and encourages thinking in systems.
Although I have taken training in Scrum and SAFe, I thought it was time to dig into The mind of the cofounder of LeSS. Great to know that I’m on the right track. I bought this book primarily to see how Craig addresses multi site resources. There are some great suggestions for experiments in your agile practice. Technical leaders please take note on culture.
Great set of experiments for applying agile values to large-scale (and small) product development teams & organizations. This is 1 of 2 companion books, where this one contains experiments and the other more focused on organizational philosophy.
This book is an amazing collection of practices within lean & agile (and Scrum). While targeting scaling, these are valuable for single site users too. These are very practical slices from many projects with many applicable components. The wide array of experiments that Craig and Bas have collected here is of tremendous value, and done in a way that is not imposing their solutions on any other context. The strong message is to facilitate the teams to consider what works for them, whether it be these ideas, variants, or something else entirely. These often include WHY they an idea was successful or not, which greatly helps in understanding how it might fit in a given context. If you're serious about using lean and agile concepts, I highly recommend this book.
I was (and still am) skeptical of large-scale software development when I picked this book. After reading it I liked the book very much. The authors truly adhere to the values and principles of lean and agile thinking. The book contains a solid set of evolutionary practices to try and/or avoid in a large-scale context. I only wish the book would urge readers to challenge the size of the organization more often.
Overall this is a very practical book worth reading.
Read it. Lots of well-argumented practices based on experience. There are parts of the book which discussed details that are not generally applicable for product-development, but they usually serve to illustrate more general practices. Also read the companion book on organisational tools.
After reading the companion book I expected a little bit more from this book. It contains a lot of good tips but it is annoyingly repetitive and also contains a lot of obvious stuff. I recommend reading the companion book if you want to pick just one.
The first profession-related book that I have ever completed. A good book that explains the fundamentals thoroughly and details step-by-step execution for readers to follow. Quite exciting to see all this techniques being applied to the workplace.