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The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions (Addison-Wesley Signature Series)by Mary Poppendieck
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What company doesn’t want energized workers, delighted customers, genuine efficiency, and breakthrough innovation? The Lean Mindset shows how lean companies really work–and how a lean mindset is the key to creating stunning products and delivering amazing services.
Through cutting-edge research and case studies from leading organizations, including Spotify, Ericsson, Intuit, GE Healthcare, Pixar, CareerBuilder, and Intel, you’ll discover proven patterns for developing that mindset. You’ll see how to cultivate product teams that act like successful startups, create the kind of efficiency that attracts customers, and leverage the talents of bright, creative people.
The Poppendiecks weave lean principles throughout this book, just as those principles must be woven throughout the fabric of your truly lean organization.
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Lean approaches to software development have moved from novelty to widespread use, in large part due to the principles taught by Mary and Tom Poppendieck in their pioneering books. Now, in The Lean Mindset, the Poppendiecks take the next step, looking at a company where multidiscipline teams are expected to ask the right questions, solve the right problems, and deliver solutions that customers love.
Going beyond the principles presented in their earlier books on lean software development, The Lean Mindset is fundamentally about the design, development and delivery of exceptional products and services. It shows readers how lean design and development work and how a lean mindset is the key to creating breakthrough products. Through cutting-edge research and fascinating case studies from Spotify, Ericsson Networks, Intuit, GE Healthcare, Pixar, FBI/XRI, CareerBuilder, Intel, and many more, the Poppendiecks offer patterns for developing a lean mindset and cultivating product development teams that look and act more like startups and know how to delight customers.
Lean principles are woven throughout this book, just as they must be woven throughout the fabric of an organization with a lean mindset. Chapter 1: The Purpose of Business emphasizes the principle “Optimize the Whole,” taking the Shareholder Value Theory to task for the short term thinking it produces Chapter 2: Energized Workers is based on research that found that the most energizing human experience is pursuing a well-framed challenge. Energized Workers have a purpose that is larger than the company, and a direct line of sight between their effort and achieving that purpose. Chapter 3: Delighted Customers urges readers to “Focus on Customers,” understand what they really need, and make sure that the right products and services are developed. Chapter 4: Genuine Efficiency starts by emphasizing that authentic, sustainable efficiency does not mean layoffs, low costs, and controlling work systems. Organizations that understand the lean principle "Optimize the Whole" understand that in product development, efficiency is about building the right thing. Chapter 5: Breakthrough Innovation shows how vulnerable any company can be to disruptive technologies and how lean principles can help you develop breakthrough innovations before you get blindsided.
The Lean Mindset shows developers and managers how to “think beyond software,” and charter teams that look more like startups than conventional software organizations. The latest book in Mary and Tom Poppendieck’s pioneering series on Lean Software Development, this breakthrough guide extends concepts made popular in Lean Startup and Running Lean, making those ideas even more valuable and widely applicable.The Poppendiecks:
Along the way, the authors show how advances over the past decade have laid the foundation for new lean principles for the next decade, including far better tools; new domain-specific practices that will differ radically among disciplines; and a new “value stream focus” that will reshape roles, team dynamics, and organizational structure.
About the Author
Mary Poppendieckhas led teams implementing solutions in everything from enterprise supply-chain management to digital media.
Tom Poppendieckhas been an enterprise analyst, architect, and agile process mentor. Their company, Poppendieck LLC, specializes in bringing lean techniques to product development.
The Poppendiecks are the authors of Lean Software Development, winner of the 2004 Jolt Software Development Productivity Award; Implementing Lean Software Development; and Leading Lean Software Development (all from Addison-Wesley).
Table of Contents
1. The Triumph of the Commons
2. Living with Black Swans
3. The Rise of the Consumer
4. The Fastest Learner Wins
5. The Flywheel Effect
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