So I finished my second book on Lean : Lean Software development An Agile Toolkit
(The first one was: Lean from the Trenches:Managing Large-Scale projects with Kanban  )

First the recommendation. Absolutely loved it.   4.5/5

The books gives with a decent history of Lean and throughout relates to the amazing success story of TPS ( Toyota Production System) and other  stories from various industries and organizations. The authors present 7 Lean principles as how they are relevant in Software development. Each principle is discussed in detail along with tools on how to apply those principles to Agile Practices. For me – the biggest takeaway was- that you cant  (or shouldn’t try to) bring in practices from Toyota or for that matter from any other organization and even another department in your company. It’s the principles that you should be looking for. The problem is- when you examine other organizations- what is obvious are the practices they follow. It takes a deliberate effort to lift the covers and understand and appreciate the principle behind those practices.

Google has the much coveted 20% time- where they allow developers to spend 20 % of their time on anything they wish to pursue. Any organization who blindly adopts the process- will not be successful – unless you appreciate and adopt the principle behind the process.
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Its no easy task doing a book review for book on Web usability especially a book so well written like “Don’t make me think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug”

This book will introduce you to yourself as the web user.  Granted this book is all about common sense , so you can probably argue that you don’t learn anything new. It is more of discovering what you probably know but is locked under the layers of your sub-conscience mind.

The message

Anything which makes a user pause and think stops the natural flow of web surfing and is an impediment which soon translates into disappointment.
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Do you want to understand User stories ? You can’t go wrong with User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn .

As of this writing, out of the 45 people who reviewed this book on Amazon, 35 people have given it 5 stars and 9 have given it 4 stars. And I would say those 35 reviewers are spot on.

In my organization, we started going Agile few months ago and in the process, we started writing Stories . And this is the part where I have struggled the most. And now I am feeling so much better having read this book.  I am sure there will be many who agree with me that writing good stories is an art not very widely understood.

And this is where Mike comes in. Like someone commented on Amazon review-

This is the Bible for User Stories !!!

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