Thursday, October 22, 2015

Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development - Craig Larman & Bas Vodde

Large, Multisite, and Offshore Product Development with 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.
Drawing on their long experience leading and guiding lean and agile adoptions for large, multisite, and offshore product development, internationally recognized consultant and best-selling author Craig Larman and former leader of the agile transformation at Nokia Networks Bas Vodde share the key action tools needed for success.
Coverage includes
  • Frameworks for large-scale Scrum for multihundred-person product groups
  • Testing and building quality in
  • Product management and the end of the “contract game between business and R&D
  • Envisioning a large release, and planning for multiteam development
  • 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
In a competitive environment that demands ever-faster cycle times and greater innovation, the practices inspired by lean thinking and agile principles are ever-more relevant.Practices for Scaling Lean & Agile Development will help people realize a lean enterprise—and deliver on the significant benefits of agility.

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Goodreads Rating - 4.12 out of 5 (60 Ratings, 8 Reviews)

My Rating 4 out of 5

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Indian Art - Partha Mitter

This concise yet lively new survey guides the reader through 5,000 years of Indian art and architecture. 
A rich artistic tradition is fully explored through the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Colonial, and contemporary periods, incorporating discussion of modern Bangladesh and Pakistan, tribal artists, and the decorative arts.
Combining a clear overview with fascinating detail, Mitter succeeds in bringing to life the true diversity of Indian culture. 

The influence of Islam on the Mughal court, which produced the world-famous Taj Mahal and exquisite miniature paintings, is closely examined.
More recently, he discusses the nationalist and global concerns of contemporary art, including the rise of female artists, the stunning architecture of Charles Correa, and the vibrant art scene. 
 The very particular character of Indian art is set within its cultural and religious milieu, raising important issues about the profound differences between Western and Indian ideas of beauty and eroticism in art.
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Goodreads Rating - 3.74 out of 5 (27 Ratings, 1 Review)

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Between the Serpent and the Rope - Mukunda Rao

Ashrams, Traditions, Avatars, Sagesand Con Artists
Between the serpent and the rope is a candid reckoning of some of the most notable spiritual movements in South India today. 
If it is on the one hand a deeply personal journey, on the other, it is an inquiry into the meaning and significance of spirituality in modern - day India. 
The book examines notions of enlightenment, freedom, wisdom and peace through multiple perspectives and spiritual traditions. 
The narrative is a treasure trove of fascinating stories and an illuminating study of the lives and teachings of spiritual masters such as Sankaracharya, Basavanna, Allama Prabhu, Akka Mahadevi, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, Jiddu Krishnamurti and U.G. Krishnamurti.
 It is also a scathing take on the modern - day avatars and gurus that include Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Kalki Bhagavan, Sri Sri Ravishankar and Mata Amritanandamayi. 
Large hearted yet questioning, it is as inspiring as it is challenging.
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