Reading Your Way To Agile
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
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Lean Analytics, Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

Author: Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 440
ISBN: 978-1449335670

You have to admire a book that with the sentence: “Let’s face it: you’re delusional”, says Kay Ewbank, pointing out that such an assertion gives a hint that this book isn’t going to be a dull read.

Rating the book at 4.5 stars, Kay says that in theory, this is a book aimed at people who want to start up a business using the Lean Startup technique. This is designed to help would-be entrepreneurs identify the riskiest parts of their business plan, then find ways to reduce the risks. Described like that, you may not think it’s of interest, but in fact the technique uses data analysis for the basis of decisions, and there are parts where the book could actually be titled ‘applied statistics and analytics’. There are around thirty case studies included within the book looking at real-life successful startups, and these make interesting reading in their own right.


In summary, Kay says that if you’re thinking of starting a business, there are some real home truths in this book that may prevent your business failing. If you’re a data analyst, the book is worth reading as a lesson in how to get business people to understand what to analyze and why it matters.


Lean from the Trenches

Author: Henrik Kniberg
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1934356852

This book has the subtitle "Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban" and focuses on a single project, says Andrew Johnson in his review, awarding the book 4.5 stars. In this book Henrik Kniberg details the experiences of the Swedish police as they implement a new digital investigation system, a project that combined XP, Scrum, and Kanban in a 60-person project.

This sounds like an interesting project, says Andrew, and discovering how a group of sixty developers worked together on it is fascinating. This is a book in which a lot of information is presented in pictures, which is highly appropriate for a book on "Kanban" which is a Japenese word that means "visual card" (or sign).

Andrew's conclusion is that there's a lot of pragmatic advice in the book presented in a readable and well-illustrated manner, and it is recommended if you enjoy reading about other people's experiences and how they tackled the same challenges you might be facing on a day-to-day basis.


Leading Lean Software Development

Author: Mary & Tom Poppendieck
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Pages: 312
ISBN: 978-0321620705


Results are Not the Point  is the intriguing subtitle of this book, which Sue Gee says begs the question "What is the point?" Giving the book 4.5 stars, Sue says it draws on the experience of high profile companies, and while this makes for an interesting read it initially may make it difficult to relate to for small organizations. However, Sue says stick with it because there's a lot of worthwhile advice that is generalizable and while it is about management it is a style that fits well with the lean (agile) approach to software development.

Her conclusion is that overall you can't help but be impressed by this book. It is scholarly without being stiff and authoritative without being preachy, It does have the power to transform but it's a case of getting the right people to read it. So not only read this book, pass it on.



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