Learn from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects is an amazing book written by Henrik Kniberg who has an awesome blog http://blog.crisp.se/author/henrikkniberg. You also can give feedback or participate in discussions about this book on http://pragprog.com/book/hklean/lean-from-the trenches.
About the Author
Henrik Kniberg is a coach and consultant at Crisp. Henrik’s background is a mix of development and management, and his passion is applying Lean and Agile principles to help debug, optimize, and refactor companies. Henrik is the author of Scrum and XP from the Trenches and Kanban & Scrum, making the most of both and a popular keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. Henrik lives in Stockholm with his wife and four kids, and in his “spare time” plays bass and keyboard with two local bands.
There is a guy who gave a great lesson when I was working with him as Agile coach: Show don’t tell. What does it mean? Nobody believes you or me because we are not Mike Cohn or Jeff Sutherland so I prefer to give the brief summary provided by Amazon about this terrific book:
” Lean from the Trenches is all about actual practice. Find out how the Swedish police combined XP, Scrum, and Kanban in a 60-person project. From start to finish, you’ll see how to deliver a successful product using Lean principles. We start with an organization in desperate need of a new way of doing things and finish with a group of sixty, all working in sync to develop a scalable, complex system. You’ll walk through the project step by step, from customer engagement, to the daily “cocktail party,” version control, bug tracking, and release. In this honest look at what works–and what doesn’t–you’ll find out how to:
Make quality everyone’s business, not just the testers.
Keep everyone moving in the same direction without micromanagement.
Use simple and powerful metrics to aid in planning and process improvement.
Balance between low-level feature focus and high-level system focus.
You’ll be ready to jump into the trenches and streamline your own development process.”