Monday, June 15, 2015

Scaling Lean & Agile Development by Craig Larman & Bas Vodde

Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum 
Increasingly, large product-development organizations are turning to lean thinking, agile principles and practices, and large-scale Scrum to sustainably and quickly deliver value and innovation. 
However, many groups have floundered in their practice-oriented adoptions. Why? 
Because without a deeper understanding of the thinking tools and profound organizational redesign needed, it is as though casting seeds on to an infertile field. 
Now, drawing on their long experience leading and guiding large-scale lean and agile adoptions for large, multisite, and offshore product development, and drawing on the best research for great team-based agile organizations, internationally recognized consultant and best-selling author Craig Larman and former leader of the agile transformation at Nokia Networks Bas Vodde share the key thinking and organizational tools needed to plant the seeds of product development success in a fertile lean and agile enterprise.

Coverage includes  

  • Lean thinking and development combined with agile practices and methods
  • Systems thinking
  • Queuing theory and large-scale development processes
  • Moving from single-function and component teams to stable cross-functional cross-component Scrum feature teams with end-to-end responsibility for features
  • Organizational redesign to a lean and agile enterprise that delivers value fast
  • Large-scale Scrum for multi-hundred-person product groups

In a competitive environment that demands ever-faster cycle times and greater innovation, applied lean thinking and agile principles are becoming an urgent priority.  
Scaling Lean & Agile Development will help leaders create the foundation for their lean enterprise–and deliver on the significant benefits of agility. 
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Goodreads Rating - 4.02 out of 5 (117Ratings, 13 Reviews) 
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Monday, June 8, 2015

A Mountain In Tibet - Charles Allen

The Search For Mount Kailas And The Sources Of The Great Rivers Of Asia
Throughout the East there runs a legend of a great mountain at the centre of the world, where four rivers have their source. 
Charles Allen traces this legend to Western Tibet where there stands Kailas, worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists alike as the home of their gods and the navel of the world. 
Close by are the sources of four mighty rivers: the sacred Ganges, the Indus, the Sutlej and Tsangpo-Brahmaputra. 
For centuries Kailas remained an enigma to the outside world. 
Then a succession of remarkable men took up the challenge of penetrating the hostile, frozen wastelands beyond the Western Himalayas, culminating in the great age of discovery, the final years of the Victorian era. 
A Mountain in Tibet is an extraordinary story of exploration and high adventure, full of the excitement and colour expected from the author of Plain Tales from the Raj.
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Goodreads Rating - 3.82 out of 5 (49 Ratings, 5 Reviews)

My Rating 3 out of 5

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Essential Scrum - Kenneth S. Rubin

A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process 

A Single-Source, Comprehensive Guide to Scrum for All Team Members, Managers, and Executives. 

If you want to use Scrum to develop innovative products and services that delight your customers, Essential Scrum is the complete, single-source reference you’ve been searching for.
Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin illuminates the values, principles, and practices of Scrum, and describes flexible, proven approaches that can help you implement it far more effectively.
Whether you are new to Scrum or years into your use, this book will introduce, clarify, and deepen your Scrum knowledge at the team, product, and portfolio levels.
 Drawing from Rubin’s experience helping hundreds of organizations succeed with Scrum, this book provides easy-to-digest descriptions enhanced by more than two hundred illustrations based on an entirely new visual icon language for describing Scrum’s roles, artifacts, and activities.
Essential Scrum  will provide every team member, manager, and executive with a common understanding of Scrum, a shared vocabulary they can use in applying it, and practical knowledge for deriving maximum value from it.
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Goodreads Rating - 4.11 out of 5 (317Ratings, 24 Reviews)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Myths and Traditions in India - Prabhakar Patil

A Fusion of the Past and the Present
Far from being mere fairy tales or bed-time stories,myths found in every culture and civilization often have their roots in real-life characters and events,preserved through oral tradition over millennia. 
The cornucopia of Indian mythology and folklore, enshrined as it is in the four Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas, and the two greatest eternal epics of the Ramayana, and the Mahabharata, is probably the richest in the world. 
In the process of retelling many of these timeless classics, the author brings out their contents skillfully, establishing the fusion of past and present.

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Goodreads Rating - 2 out of 5 (1 Rating, 0 Review)

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Enterprise and Scrum - Ken Schwaber

It’s time to extend the benefits of Scrum—greater agility, higher-quality products, and lower costs—from individual teams to your entire enterprise. However, with Scrum’s lack of prescribed rules, the friction of change can be challenging as people struggle to break from old project management habits. In this book, agile-process revolution leader Ken Schwaber takes you through change management—for your organizational and interpersonal processes—explaining how to successfully adopt Scrum across your entire organization.
A cofounder of Scrum, Ken draws from decades of experience, answering your questions through case studies of proven practices and processes. 
With them, you’ll learn how to adopt—and adapt—Scrum in the enterprise and gain profound levels of transparency into your development processes.
Discover how to:
  • Evaluate the benefits of adopting Scrum in any size organization
  • Initiate an enterprise transition project
  • Implement a single, prioritized Product Backlog
  • Organize effective Scrum teams using a top-down approach
  • Adapt and apply solutions for integrating engineering practices across multiple teams
  • Shorten release times by managing high-value increments
  • Refine your Scrum practices and help reduce the length of Sprints

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Goodreads Rating - 3.3 out of 5 (79 Ratings, 11 Reviews)

My Rating 3 out of 5

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