Book Notes: Practices for scaling Lean and Agile - Craig Larman

Book Notes: Book Notes: Practices for scaling Lean and Agile - Craig Larman
This book presents key practices for sustainable competitive success with Lean and Agile Development for Large-Scale Products.


Title: Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with Large-Scale Scrum
Author: Craig Larman
Themes: Technology, Management, Business, Agile, Lean, Scrum
Year: 2010
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 0321636406,9780321636409
Pages: 624

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.

Book Notes: Book Notes: Practices for scaling Lean and Agile - Craig Larman

In a competitive environment that demands ever-faster cycle times and greater innovation, lean thinking and agile principles are increasingly relevant. 

"... Incremental development—grow, not build, software. ... the building metaphor has outlived its usefulness. It is time to change again. If, as I believe, the conceptual structures we construct today are too complicated to be accurately specified in advance and too complex to be built faultlessly, then we must take a radically different approach. Let us turn to nature and study the complexity of living things, instead of just the dead works of man. Here we find constructs whose complexities thrill us with awe. The brain alone is intricate beyond mapping, powerful beyond imitation, and rich in diversity, self-protecting, and self-renewing. The secret is that it is grown, not built. So it must be with our software systems. Some years ago Harlan Mills proposed that any software system should be grown by incremental development..."

"... People subconsciously retard their own intellectual growth. They come to rely on cliches and habits. Once they reach the age of their own personal comfort with the world, they stop learning and their mind runs idle for the rest of their days. They may progress organizationally, they may be ambitious and eager, and they may even work night and day. But they learn no more..."

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 on the significant benefits of agility.

Chapters of the Book:

1 Introduction
2 Large-Scale Scrum
3 Test
4 Product Management
5 Planning
6 Coordination
7 Requirements & PBIs
8 Design & Architecture
9 Legacy Code
10 Continuous Integration
11 Inspect & Adapt
12 Multisite
13 Offshore
14 Contracts
15 Feature Team Primer
Recommended Readings
List of Experiments

Craig Larman is a management and product development consultant in enterprise-level adoption and use of lean development, agile principles and practices, and large-scale Scrum in large, multisite, and offshore development. He served as chief scientist at Valtech, an international consulting and agile offshore outsourcing company. His books include the best-sellers Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide (Addison-Wesley, 2004) and Applying UML and Patterns, Third Edition (Prentice Hall, 2005).

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