Lean from the Trenches
Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Released: December 2011
Pages: 176

You know the Agile and Lean development buzzwords, you've read the books. But when systems need a serious overhaul, you need to see how it works in real life, with real situations and people. Lean from the Trenches is all about actual practice. Every key point is illustrated with a photo or diagram, and anecdotes bring you inside the project as you discover why and how one organization modernized its workplace in record time.

Lean from the Trenches is all about actual practice.

Find out how the Swedish police combined XP, Scrum, and Kanban in a 60-person project. From start to finish, you'll see how to deliver a successful product using Lean principles.

We start with an organization in desperate need of a new way of doing things and finish with a group of sixty, all working in sync to develop a scalable, complex system. You'll walk through the project step by step, from customer engagement, to the daily "cocktail party," version control, bug tracking, and release. In this honest look at what works--and what doesn't--you'll find out how to:

  • Make quality everyone's business, not just the testers.
  • Keep everyone moving in the same direction without micromanagement.
  • Use simple and powerful metrics to aid in planning and process improvement.
  • Balance between low-level feature focus and high-level system focus.

You'll be ready to jump into the trenches and streamline your own development process.

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5.0

Real life example with Kanban.

By George Psistakis

from Athens, Greece

About Me Project manager, Scrum master

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  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Lean from the Trenches:

    Real life examples are always crucial in understanding as they can translate abstract theoretical concepts into things we can relate to from our experience. Anyone looking from above the whole Agile concept and its techniques or methodologies may seem lost. I know I felt lost when I first begun to be educated in the agile mindset. And while zooming in and reading specific frameworks like Scrum and Kanban is very useful, it is most interesting to get real life examples for the whole time span.
    The book I recently read, "Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban by Henrik Kniberg" does exactly that, offers a captivating real life example. First things first the author is a popular keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, he has an excellent knowledge about Agile and he is super-good at his work. I have heard from fellow agileans that he is an excellent presenter and writer and he truly is. He takes the whole Kanban concept and implements it on a complex Public organization by demonstrating how agile principles are being used in a large scale project for the Swedish police. The important thing to note is not the mere fact they are using Scrum and Kanban, but the way they adapt them into their job context.
    The book has two major parts. The actual case study and some additional info for the readers.
    The first part is the most interesting, presenting the use of agile techniques and the way this process is still changing and being optimized. Reading the story provokes you to think how you could use it in your own work. Other than the technicalities of the actual Kanban board and process, the main thing that the reader should take in is the notion of "people mindset". Without people mentality being receptive to change and trust the whole thing wouldn't work. From the upper manager to the developer and even the end-user.
    Kniberg is such a good writer that while reading the book you get the feeling you belong to one of the teams in the case study. I learned stuff and really enjoyed reading this book. It is certainly a must read.

    (Full disclosure: I got the book from the O'Reilly UG Program for review)

     
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    Excellent book

    By Gorcin

    from Slovenia

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      Comments about oreilly Lean from the Trenches:

      This book shows how to transform agile/lean theory into good practice. Real life example unfolds on 60-person project. And everything is shown, visible from the beginning to the end.

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