Last Friday I finished a project. My colleagues surprised me with an Amazon gift certificate. Thanks for working together and thanks for the nice gift! Today, I knocked myself out and ordered a whopping 1602 pages of reading. What will be delivered?
The Lean Toolbox: The Essential Guide to Lean Transformation
This book (308 pages) seems like a nice followup to Womack & Jones’s Lean Thinking. Although the reviews state that it isn’t easy material, it is an excellent book in tying lean tools consistently together.
Rachel Davies is a familiar name for people reading up on agile management. She is a frequent speaker on conferences and has extensive experience coaching teams that want to increase their agility. Instead of solely reading her tweets and blog posts, I’m looking forward to this book. BTW, 250 pages.
Lean Software Strategies: Proven Techniques for Managers and Developers
I’m already familiar with the work of the Poppendieck’s on Lean Software Development. This is a good companion and will fit nicely between Womack & Jones and the Poppendieck’s. Implementing Lean is one thing for manufacturing, and another for (software) development. The same principles apply, but different practices. This book adds 468 pages to the grand total.
Managing the Design Factory: A Product Developers Tool Kit
Although this book is already from 1998 (isn’t that old these days ;-)) it is still amongst the most popular books on product development. Don’t argue with Reinertsen that product development can’t be managed, but other rules apply than in a manufacturing environment. While manufacturing aims to minimize variation, product development aims to maximize value. Reinertsen’s book counts for another 288 pages.
ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
Last, but not least: the new book by 37signals founder Jason Fried. I already read and enjoyed Getting Real and I expect no less from this book. The reviews look promising. Fried looks at how the low cost of experimenting with new internet business models changes the way businesses work. It is a lot easier to start a business today than it was, say 10 years ago. The book promises me to give “valuable inspiration and guidance”. Let’s see if it can do that in 288 pages.
Besides these “final” books, I will review Jurgen Appelo’s Management 3.0 book, which is still a work in progress. Hope to be able to give some useful comments to him.
All in all, lots of reading to do, I’m looking forward to the delivery!