How well does your company respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide provides Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you act quickly—and demonstrates how and why you need to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than to just one department or team.
Through case studies, you’ll learn how successful companies have rethought everything from process and financial management to systems architecture, budgeting and compliance, and company culture to pursue radically improved performance. Adopting Lean may take time and commitment, but it is vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the speed of innovation.
- Discover how Lean focuses on people and teamwork at every level, in contrast to traditional US and European management practices
- Approach problem solving experimentally by exploring solutions, testing their assumptions, and validating them with real users
- Lead and manage large-scale programs in a way that empowers employees and increases your rate of high-quality product delivery
- Foster an environment of learning and experimentation by focusing on culture, governance, financial management, IT, and strategy
Praise for Lean Enterprise
“This book is Reengineering the Corporation for the digital age. It is destined to be the classic, authoritative reference for how organizations plan, organize, implement, and measure their work. Lean Enterprise describes how organizations can win in the marketplace while harnessing and developing the capabilities of employees. Any business leader who cares about creating competitive advantage through technology and building a culture of innovation needs to read this book.”
— Gene Kim, co-author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win, founder and former CTO of Tripwire, Inc.
“This book is a godsend for anyone who’s tried to change their organisation and heard: `It’s OK for the little guy, but we’re too big/regulated/complex to work like that here.’ Humble, Molesky, and O’Reilly have written an easy-to- read guide that demystifies the success of Lean organizations in a way that everyone can understand and apply. Lean Enterprise provides a pragmatic toolkit of strategies and practices for establishing high performing organisations. It should be required reading for every executive who understands that we’re all in the technology business now.”
— Stephen Foreshew-Cain, COO, UK Government Digital Service
“To thrive in the digital world, transformation must be more than technology driven—everyone within the organisation must collectively work together to adapt. This book provides an essential guide for all leaders to change the way they deliver value to customers.”
— Matt Pancino, CEO, Suncorp Business Services
“This book integrates into a compelling narrative the best current thinking about how to create great software-intensive products and services. The approach in this book is both challenging and disciplined, and some organizations will be unable to imagine following this path. But those who make the journey will find it impossible to imagine ever going back—and if they happen to be a competitor, they are well positioned to steal both your market and your people. Ignore this book at your own risk.”
— Mary Poppendieck, co-author of The Lean Mindset and the Lean Software Development series