I think it’s worth pulling together a list of essential books that I think should be required reading for people on Lean & open source teams (like mine):
- Basis for the team values that we practice: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable Patrick Lencioni (amazon)
- This is a foundational classic for team building: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (Second Edition) Tom DeMarco (amazon)
- This novel is good primer for lean and devops The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win Gene Kim and George Spafford & Kevin Behr (amazon)
- Business Focus on Lean: The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Eric Ries (amazon)
- Foundational (and easy) reading about Lean: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement Eliyahu M. Goldratt (amazon)
- One of my favorites on Lean / Agile: Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash Mary Poppendieck (amazon)
- Should be required reading for open source (as close to “Open Source for Dummies as you can get): The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary Eric S. Raymond (amazon)
- Culture Change Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia–Multigenerational Management Ideas That Are Changing the Way We Run Things Brad Szollose (amazon)
- More Team Building – this one is INTERACTIVE! http://www.strengthsfinder.com/home.aspx
There are some notable additions, but I think this is enough for now. I’m always looking for recommendations! Please post your favorites in the comments!
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From Gene Kim @RealGeneKim: “I’d add Continuous Delivery, Release It!, Toyota Kata”
David Anderson. Lessons in Agile Management: On the Road to Kanban. Great accompanyment to the Poppendieck book(s). Oh, and Agile Management for Software Engineering: Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results is on Safari.
Good list! While not specific to lean, Agile Testing by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory is really good. Collaboration Explained, by Jean Tabaka is also a great read.
Nice adds! I like Jean’s book a lot.
Oh – and for open source you’ve got to read The Art of Community by Jono Bacon. A fantastic book!
I am reading that one too. It’s good but like cathedral and bazaar better.
Nice list Rob, Cathedral and Bazaar has been one of my favorites, looking forward to reading the others on your list which I’m not familiar with already.
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