The OpenXprocess blog is primarily about software projects and how to improve them. As well as musings on agile processes, software engineering in general, and methods like Scrum and Kanban, there's advice here too for users of process planning, execution and improvement tools - and the metrics they can provide.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Lessons in Agile Management by David J. Anderson
Holiday reading this year was David Anderson's "Road to Kanban" book. I had a similar initial reaction to this book as Malcolm Gladwell's "What the Dog Saw" - it's a compilation of previously published work (in this case from Anderson's blog) and if I didn't read it the first time why should I read it now?! In fact both books won me round very quickly. There's a lot of new work invested in "Lessons in Agile Management", in grouping related articles and commenting from a contemporary perspective on the developments in the agile community. There are also just valuable and insightful articles on many aspects of software development and management that I found both refreshing and original. Kanban is a relatively new kid on the block when it comes to agile frameworks - the major incumbent Scrum is consequently suspicious and negative towards it - but as this book shows, its roots are deep and arguably more secure than many views of agility. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a broader understanding of the thinking behind Kanban and the principles it's built on. You will get a more balanced view than is possible from the texts that just focus on the methods artifacts and techniques.