This is a book of thinking tools for software development leaders. It is a toolkit for translating widely accepted lean principles into effective, agile practices that fit your unique environment. Lean thinking has a long history of generating dramatic improvements in fields as diverse as manufacturing, health care, and construction. Can it do the same for software development? One thing is clear: The field of software development has plenty of opportunity for improvement.

Jim Johnson, chairman of the Standish Group, told an attentive audience1 the story of how Florida and Minnesota each developed its Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). In Florida, system development started in 1990 and was estimated to ...

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