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

    Lean Startup for the Enterprise

    By bobf

    from Boston

    About Me Architect, Developer, Practice Director

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    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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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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      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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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

          About Me Designer, Developer, Maker

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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).

            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            to much theory

            By patrick

            from raleigh NC

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            • Not comprehensive enough
            • Too basic

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            Comments about oreilly Lean Enterprise:

            I wanted a book that outlined good possibly open source technologies to use in a lean enterprise. Concrete examples!!! Concrete architecture examples. Not more lean theory. I can Google and find plenty of discussions of the theory.

            Sorry... I typically love your books.

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