Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations Paperback – Illustrated, March 27 2018
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Accelerate your organization to win in the marketplace.
How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years, we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter―that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance―and what drives it―using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for readers to apply in their own organizations.
Readers will discover how to measure the performance of their teams, and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level.
"A must read! In a sea of books about technology approaches, Accelerate stands out in its clarity and practicality." -- Karen Martin, Author, Clarity First and The Outstanding Organization
"Excellent! As well as conclusively showing that DevOps outcomes are faster, cheaper AND safer, this book is an excellent case study for robust survey design and analysis." -- Adrian Cockroft
"This is the kind of foresight that CEOs, CFOs, and CIOs desperately need if their company is going to survive in this new software-centric world.Anyone that doesn't read this book will be replaced by someone that has." -- Thomas A. Limoncelli, Co-Author of The Practice of Cloud System Administration
“'Here, do this!' The evidence presented in Accelerate is a triumph of research, tenacity and insight, proving not just correlation but a causal link between good technical and management behaviours and business performance. It also exposes the myth of “maturity models” and offers a realistic, actionable alternative. As an independent consultant working at the intersection of people, technology, process, and organisation design this is manna from heaven!As chapter 3 concludes: 'You can act your way to a better culture through implementing these practices in technology organizations'. There is no mystical culture magic, just 24 concrete, specific capabilities that will lead not only to better business results, but more importantly to happier, healthier, more motivated people and an organisation people want to work at. I will be giving copies of this book to all my clients." -- Dan North, Independent Technology and Organization consultant
"The 'art' of constructing a building is a well understood engineering practice nowadays. However, in the software world, we have been been looking for patterns and practices that can deliver the same predictable and reliable results whilst minimizing waste and producing the increasingly high performance our businesses demand.Accelerate provides research backed, quantifiable and real world principles to create world class, high performing IT teams enabling amazing business outcomes.Backed by the two leading thought leaders (Kim and Humble) in the DevOps community and world class research from PHD Forsgren, this book is a highly recommended asset!" -- Jonathan Fletcher, Group CTO, Hiscox
"In their book Accelerate, Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble and Gene Kim don't break any new conceptual ground regarding agile, lean and DevOps. Instead, they provide something that might be even more valuable which is a look inside the methodological rigor of their data collection and analysis approach which lead them to their earlier conclusions on the key capabilities that make IT organizations better contributors to the business. This is a book that I will gladly be placing on my bookshelf next to the other great works by the authors." -- Cameron Haight, VP & CTO, Americas, VMware
"Accelerate does a fantastic job of explaining not only what changes organizations should make to improve their software delivery performance, but also the why, enabling people at all levels to truly understand how to level up their organizations." -- Ryn Daniels, Infrastructure Operations Engineer at Travis CI and author of Effective DevOps
"With this work, the authors have made a significant contribution to the understanding and application of DevOps. They show that when properly understood, DevOps is more than just a fad or a new name for an old concept. Their work illustrates how DevOps can improve the state of the art in organizational design, software development culture, and systems architecture. And beyond merely showing, they advance the DevOps community's qualitative findings with research-based insights that I have heard from no other source." -- Baron Schwartz, Founder & CEO of VividCortex and Co-Author of High Performance MySQL
About the Author
Dr. Nicole Forsgren does research and strategy at Google Cloud following the acquisition of her startup DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) by Google. She is best known for her work measuring the technology process and as the lead investigator on the largest DevOps studies to date. She has been an entrepreneur, professor, sysadmin, and performance engineer. Nicole's work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Nicole earned her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, and is a Research Affiliate at Clemson University and Florida International University. She lives in San Francisco, CA.
Jez Humble is co-author of The DevOps Handbook, Lean Enterprise, and the Jolt Award-winning Continuous Delivery. He is currently researching how to build high performing teams at his startup, DevOps Research and Assessment, LLC, and teaching at UC Berkeley. He lives in California.
Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher, and co-author of The Phoenix Project, Beyond The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook, and The Visible Ops Handbook. He is founder of IT Revolution, hosts the DevOps Enterprise Summit conferences, and speaks around the world. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife and children.
- Publisher : IT Revolution Press; 1st edition (March 27 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1942788339
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942788331
- Item weight : 318 g
- Dimensions : 14.96 x 2.16 x 23.09 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With the amount of data and findings they present I am not sure if you could make them more exciting. The authors are too notch, but due to the density of the material it can be a bit dry. There are entire chapters outlining the rigorous methods used. While intellectually interesting, they were harder to get through. The content is fantastic and so don't let this stop you from picking up this book.
If you want hard data to back up best practices or to help your team become stronger then this book is for you.
I took many notes and to-do's.
The book offers surveys as the main tool to measure current state and progress. Even though the logic for that is explained in chapter 13 and 14, I expected other more objective KPI's.
I see claim after claim, but very little data to actually support your argument.
I am rooting for you and your work. Don't get me wrong, I think TBD is the right way to go. I just haven't seen any statistical evidence to support that. I am hoping to see more research on this topic soon.
Please keep up the great work!
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It had some new pieces of advice and guidance for me, and I especially like how it brings all together the best and well established practices, but generally it didn’t offer me much, but maybe I’m not the intended audience? This would be a great book if you were a struggling CTO or someone stuck in the old ways of manual testing etc. If you run a failing IT company or department then by all means read this, but to the established folks already doing the right things then pick this up 2nd hand on the cheap.
1. It is short enough and accessible enough to be reasonably recommended to and consumed by a range of roles outside of the technology function.
2. It is written by and recommended by a number of people who clearly know their onions: Jez Humble, Nicole Forsgren and Gene Kim are all multipublished, award winning authors who have been involved in the State of DevOps survey for an extended period of time. Martin Fowler (who writes a forward) is one of the founding fathers of Agile and has written profoundly on many aspects of the programming craft
3. It seeks to justify its assertions with a range of quantitative methods which are pitched at the right level…you could use these ideas both to structure a business case and as a measurement framework to report against it.
4. It explores a range of technical, organizational, managerial and cultural aspects that combine to provide a step change in software development capability. It isolates atomic drivers of improvement. It describes positive and negative feedback loops to be aware of.
5. It connects those ideas into a coherent programme and suggests how you might go about adoption.
Apart from all of the practical ideas and the way it connects them I think the most interesting thought it left me with was this. Not only is high performance in the technology space going to offer a key differentiator for businesses in the future but that high performing technology function can be a catalyst to a high performing organization full stop.
In the pursuit of speed of delivery some forget quality and learning. In the lounge run, this ends up in failure. A lot of the first part presented the results of the research while the second part is all about how the research was done.
It was not an easy read because a lot of it was presenting facts and explaining methods of research and why surveys and how to frame the right questions etc. However, once you get through, you'll absolutely love it.