Lean Enterprise
How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 352

How well does your organization respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale—and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team.

Through case studies, you’ll learn how successful enterprises have rethought everything from governance and financial management to systems architecture and organizational culture in the pursuit of radically improved performance. Adopting Lean will take time and commitment, but it’s vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the rate of innovation.

  • Discover how Lean focuses on people and teamwork at every level, in contrast to traditional management practices
  • Approach problem-solving experimentally, by exploring solutions, testing assumptions, and getting feedback from real users
  • Lead and manage large-scale programs in a way that empowers employees, increases the speed and quality of delivery, and lowers costs
  • Learn how to implement ideas from the DevOps and Lean Startup movements even in complex, regulated environments
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    5.0

    The book that shows you what a truly agi

    By Patrick Kua

    from London, United Kingdom

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      Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

      I have read many books about agile, lean and organisations that build software, but this is the first that really brings it all together. Other books tend to be either too theoretical or focused on a single toolkit in a very narrow part of the organisation (such as budgeting, management, or software development). This is the very first, and best written, that brings both a holistic view together.

      This book is aimed at executives and managers who can influence the organisational policies and structures, providing not only the theory and tools, but also many publicly available case studies demonstrating how other organisations approach it. The industries and situations are wide and varied from small to large organisations, to software and hardware organisations and surely addresses those in denial and claim, "That won't work here. We are different!"

      The authors did their research well, with many other highly useful books, many of which I have read and would find myself recommending to others. The book is almost valuable enough to get the appendix of books alone.

      A perfect match for the target audience it was written for and a book that will continue to be relevant for many years to come.

       
      5.0

      How to make big organizations suck less

      By Kief

      from London

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      Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

      Lean Enterprise as a book that explains why and how a medium to large sized organisation can reshape itself to be continuously, sustainably innovative.

      Of course, this is a popular subject for business books, but this one goes beyond hand-waving and platitudes, and gives concrete advice on things you can actually do in your own company, and loads of examples of companies that have done it. The only thing you need to add to this book - and it's admittedly a huge thing - is the will to stop doing the stupid things that everyone knows a "serious" company is supposed to do, and start doing things that the smartest companies do. It takes guts, because even though everyone knows the way most companies do things is what makes most companies mediocre, doing what everyone else does is the safest thing.

      The authors of Lean Enterprise have brought together ideas, concepts, and nuts and bolts from literally hundreds of sources. Two that obviously underpin the book are the Innovator's Dilemma, which urges larger companies to innovate internally the way smaller companies do, and the Lean Startup, which offers a model for quickly and cheaply testing product ideas, rather than investing in months of speculative product building. But Lean Enterprise weaves together well researched information and ideas from many, many other sources, bringing them together into an action plan.

      The detailed actions outlined in this book are what set it apart from the inspirational but insubstantial stuff you find in most business books. The authors outline a journey from exploring potential ideas, to exploiting ones that are proven to have a market, offering specific activities such as business model canvases, innovation accounting, and story maps. They go on to advise how to deal with the realities that make it challenging for larger, more established organisations to truly innovate, with pragmatic approaches to topics like organisational structure, governance and compliance, and financial accounting. Every step of the way includes "nuts and bolts" advice. Scientific, measurable methodology underlies every part of the process, even the fuzzy conceptualization stuff.

      And in case this all still seems like groovy ideas that aren't useful in the "real world" outside Silicon Valley, the book is thickly populated with examples from all sorts of organizations, from well-known behemoths like HP, Maersk, and others (including big banks), to governmental departments and non-profits. This isn't just a handful of case studies, dozens (maybe hundreds) of real-world examples are dropped casually througout the text. One that springs to mind is a paragraph mentioning how the Royal Pharmaceutical Society used rapid prototyping and user testing to find ways to turn their data into products. There are so many of this kind of example that after a while you're forced to accept that, if these guys can do these things, anybody can.

       
      5.0

      Superb

      By Digital Transformer

      from Sydney, NSW

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      Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

      This is a great reference book for transforming your enterprise. Early on it sets up the concept that there is no "silver bullet" and that it requires thought and action to move large organisation forward to be innovative and responsive to the new digital economy.

      The book then provides case studies, activities, and further reading to help readers see that it can be done, and get started in ways that will move you toward a better future!

      Also loving the fact I have already received an updated file of the book with some slight updates - Continuous Delivery in action!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lean Startup for the Enterprise

      By bobf

      from Boston

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        Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

        Lean Startup provides a methodology for high velocity low risk product development. Lean Enterprise provides the roadmap of how to leverage this approach in the enterprise. More so than ever, enterprise architects and developers need to evolve from project oriented to product oriented and deliver quality software at a much fast rate. The best practices presented here along with Jez Humbles book Continuous Delivery provide a winning formula.

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        4.0

        An excellent work in progress

        By DRS

        from Portland, OR

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        • Not comprehensive enough

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        Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

        This is a very important book. It represents a change in attitude that's long overdue and the authors do an excellent job presenting it. My only criticism is that there are some more complicated concerns in business where the path to apply lean principles is less clear, principally "non functional" concerns like security.

        I would like to see more elaboration on these sorts of issues, or at least an admission that thinking about them is still fuzzy and the community at large has work to do to round out the approach.

        Overall, however, I think the authors are on to something profound and this book is a very concise encapsulation of the principals of lean enterprise and how they can be applied.

        Having read the pre-release book, I look forward to reading the revisions.

         
        5.0

        Terrific book

        By fpeixoto

        from Montreal, Quebec

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        Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

        The content of the book was fantastic, not only for new business, but to "cut the fat" on sometimes heavy existing project processes.

        Definitely a must read for all.

         
        5.0

        Very good start

        By Mike B

        from NZ

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          Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

          When are you going to finish it?
          I agree, start ups are not the only organisations that could benefit from the ideas in this book. I think most organisations would find the ideas thought provoking.
          You may or may not agree with the ideas, but thought provoking and I believe everyone can benefit by exposure to them.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The book that needed to be written!

          By Darius

          from London UK

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            Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

            I have long been an advocate of Agile/Lean philosophies and have successfully applied these principals across a variety of domains.
            In recent years there have been 2 books that have really challenged and influenced my thinking:

            * The Lean-Startup (Eric Ries)

            * Lean UX (Jeff Gothelf)

            Both these books are brilliant - but each suffer from a tiny flaw... their titles!

            The brilliant and game-changing ideas within the Lean-Startup are betrayed by its title. Execs within large enterprises see the word "startup" in the book's title and mistakenly think the ideas contained therein are not for them.

            In a similar vein, those who do not have a UX/Design background might miss the wonderful cross-functional and hypothesis based approaches that are articulated within Lean-UX.

            The Lean Enterprise closes this gap and directs targeted help and insight where some might say it is needed most... Large scale enterprises and industries that are ripe for disruption.

            These ideas work. They work at scale.
            This book tells you why and shows you how.

             
            4.0

            Great, even for an early release

            By dazfuller

            from Derby, UK

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              Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

              I started reading this book to get a better understanding of "lean" in the enterprise. Whilst most of what I have read so far is case studies and theory it is all still really useful stuff giving some great insights and examples of what doesn't work so well (some of which I can identify with).

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