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Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are Not the Point

(A Kent Beck Signature Book)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Building on their breakthrough bestsellers Lean Software Development and Implementing Lean Software Development, Mary and Tom Poppendieck's latest book shows software leaders and team members exactly how to drive high-value change throughout a software organization--and make it stick. They go far beyond generic implementation guidelines, demonstrating exactly how to make l ...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published 2009)
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Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a few things I really, really liked about this book, and a few that I really, really hated.

What I liked most was this is the least dogmatic of the Poppendieck books, with much less of the "do it this way" and much more of the "generally follow this approach, here's a few variants, but maybe it might not apply for you". The chapters covering aligned leadership, working within the constraints of your current system, and managing a product portfolio were all really good. The pull scheduli
Łukasz Lichota
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Maybe 3 start as I've already know a lot of that but it's a good book and I think it would be decent 4 stars if I read it a couple years later. ...more
Derek Neighbors
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some of the best anecdotal stories on software development that I have read. Great wisdom and content, but failed to push me towards lean being significant short of a methodology. I think that if you are developing software you should read this book. Some people will love it and consider it a bible others will find it useful but not earth shattering.
Regis Hattori
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. But I feel that some chapters were much more completed and detailed than others, whereas the diagram showing the chapters and frames seems to put the same importance on all of them. For example, I think that System Thinking could be put at a higher level than others because as its name suggests, it needs to take into account to all other parts of the system.

Some of good parts:

You are not going to change things by looking for scapegoats or setting more aggressive targets
Mindaugas Mozūras
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
You can improve the system only by dealing with its biggest constraint.

The last time I read a book on Lean was 2.5 years ago. At that time, Lean Enterprise was exactly what I needed when I needed it.

Mary Poppendieck, as an author, can be quite dogmatic. Out of her books, I've picked Leading Lean Software Development partly because I've learned this one is less dogmatic than the others. I think that's true. Overall, I enjoyed the content and wisdom within.

I've finished reading this book at the st
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
You could accuse me of some bias here: I'm a big fan of the Poppendiecks' books, and Tom wrote the forward for my book. But I assure you, my fully objective opinion is that this is excellent.

It differs greatly from their prior work primarily in that it takes more of a systems tone: in fact, the "software development" part of the title is too much of a constraint. I'd recommend this book to anyone responsible for delivering value to clients, in any industry.
Toni Tassani
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: safari
It was published in 2009, so there are very few new things, from today's perspective. The Poppendieks manage to include in a single book a whole variety of topics that are aligned to their way of thinking of "Lean Software Management". It surprised me to find topics like clean code, beyond budgeting, OODA Loop, kanban, Auftragstaktik, design thinking, Hostfede's culture dimensions, or systems thinking.
I enjoyed more their previous books.
Pawel Wujczyk
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech
It describes lean practices with the examples. Basically it covers all trends connected to agile and lean software development. Knowledge now it is well known, but it is good to read it again to structure thoughts.
Nathalie Karasek
Good book! Recommend for agile or lean leaders in SW development. For me personally not a lot of new things. I liked especially the improvement frame, the the explanation of A3 reports in SE development, iterations vs Kanban and frame 23 about alignment.
Stein Karlsen
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from the Poppendiecks. The focus is more on the leadership of agile, but with many great examples and quotes from leaders in many different companies and industries.
What intrigued me: Dennis, the director of architecture, at my office lent me his 2 favorite Poppendieck books since we are implementing the Scaled Agile Framework.

What I liked: There is a lot of good information in this book.

Chapter 3 - Reliable Delivery/Frame 10 - Level Workflow focuses on how Kanban should work. Most of our teams are scrum, but our operations groups is Kanban. The details in this section have helped me know what the correct questions are when engaging with this group.

Glenn Burnside
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I thought this was better than the first Lean book I read by the Poppendiecks. Their breakdown of lean methods into perspectives and frames made it easy to digest on idea at a time. The "your turn" action plans at the end of each chapter are a good jumping off point for an organization leader looking to introduce lean thinking into the company.

What I really appreciate about the Poppendieck's books is their meticulous attribution. They borrow from a lot of sources, and make sure to give them all
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have not actually finished reading this book, I am always reading it. THis is standard reference me in my professional life. Poppendiecks give a practical and rings true, advice for changing the chaos of software development to getting it to work. Valuable book indeed. synthesizes views from other places. I especially ( given my decades of experience in software!) appreciate the historical view of how software development processes have changed over the years, and most importantly, what WORKS.
Sandy Vanderbleek
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Starts really strong then doesn't have much left to say. The ideas are essential for anyone involved in shipping business software and this is a clear and effective presentation, but it could be slimmed down. ...more
Bob Schatz
Great book for managers, execs. Mary and Tom did it again with a great book highlighting what's really important to creating an environment where agile and lean can thrive. ...more
Chad Holdorf
Good. Lots of tools to add to your agile collection.
Thomas Kuryura
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the Lean concept in this book, will read it again!
Todd Webb
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a must read book for any business leader who needs to understand key elements of a great software development process and organization.
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