Opening Quote from Lean Enterprise

It’s possible for good people, in perversely designed systems, to casually perpetrate acts of great harm on strangers, sometimes without ever realising it.

– Ben Goldacre

Lean Enterprise Book Cover Lean Enterprise
Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O'Reilly,
Business & Economics
Oreilly & Associates Incorporated
January 3, 2015

How well does your organization respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale—and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team. Through case studies, you’ll learn how successful enterprises have rethought everything from governance and financial management to systems architecture and organizational culture in the pursuit of radically improved performance. Adopting Lean will take time and commitment, but it’s vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the rate of innovation. Discover how Lean focuses on people and teamwork at every level, in contrast to traditional management practices Approach problem-solving experimentally, by exploring solutions, testing assumptions, and getting feedback from real users Lead and manage large-scale programs in a way that empowers employees, increases the speed and quality of delivery, and lowers costs Learn how to implement ideas from the DevOps and Lean Startup movements even in complex, regulated environments

On Shiny Toys

If you want to streamline a process, start by changing behaviours. Once you’ve done that, then bring in the shiny kit. Shiny kit will not stop people being stupid, it will just equip them to do stupid things, only much faster.

Courtesy of an interesting book I flicked through…  Available on Amazon.

The Devil's Advocate Book Cover The Devil's Advocate
Caspian Woods
Business & Economics
Pearson UK
March 6, 2013

Welcome to the future of business thinking. It dares to confront everything you thought was true. It’ll challenge the so-called rules, dispute the perceived wisdom and turn that traditional, tired business advice completely on its head. Meet The Devil’s Advocate. And whether you’re new to business, an experienced senior executive or a budding entrepreneur, this fast and focused, clever little book, packed with empowering business advice and sharp insights, will help you carve a smart-thinking strategy for business success.