Learning is not compulsory . . . neither is survival.
—W. Edwards Deming
We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
In our training, we strongly encourage every Lean-Agile leader to rededicate themselves to lifelong learning. After all, in a sea of constant technological and business change, is there any other choice? To this end, we maintain an active list of the “Top 10″—more or less—books we recommend in our training. The list assumes some necessary background in Lean, Agile, and management and focuses on the books we see as being the most topical and most relevant to the values and principles that underlie SAFe. This list changes over time as new works become available, but, as of this writing, here are our current favorites.
- SAFe Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Software and Systems Engineering
- Principles of Product Development Flow, Don Reinertsen
- The Lean Machine, Dantar Oosterwal
- Leading SAFe Live Lessons (Video Book), Dean Leffingwell
- Lean Product and Process Development, Allen Ward and Durward Sobeck II
- The Goal, Eliyahu Goldratt
- Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams to Tribes by Creating a One Team Culture
- Out of the Crisis, E. Deming
- Agile Software Requirements, Dean Leffingwell
- Switch, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
- Leading Change, John P. Kotter
Note: The above links are for your convenience only. We encourage you to shop around for the best economic outcome.
Last Updated: 3 October 2018