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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent DevOps Org Structure book
Reviewed in Canada on October 6, 2019
This is an excellent book. Details are explained with facts and case studies. Easy to read and flow is excellent. Highly recommended for devops transformation managers and leaders.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe authors have put together an invaluable reference on how to form effective teams.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 9, 2019
There are many great books with wisdom on how best to form effective teams, but the trouble has always been that this folk knowledge is widely distributed and uses different words for the same things. What the authors have achieved here is to organise this knowledge in a clear taxonomy of team topologies and interaction patterns.
What's more, they do a great job of citing other important works on the topic so that the reader can follow ideas back to their source: Melvin Conway, James Lewis, Daniel Pink, Evan Bottcher, Michael Nygard, Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, Gene Kim, Allan Kelly, John Roberts, Don Reinertsen and many more are liberally quoted throughout the text. That makes this book a great summary work on a topic of vital importance to any software organisation of any size - how do we best divide the work so that teams have the best possible chance of success?
5.0 out of 5 starsProbably the new Bible for modern development
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2020
After 40+ years as the goto for Development Management, this book replaces the still fantastic Mythical Man-Month as your first point of contact.
This collection of evidence and advice is perfectly paced, interesting, and has a lovely non-dry style that keeps you engaged. It explains an awful lot about the basics and more interesting personal interaction of Team Management that are not taught, and managers are expected to gain - experience says they often don't and wing it.
If, like myself, you have had the great fortune in the past of leading a true agile environment, and then the misfortune to have to change job to non-agile environment with a futile management team then this book will help you re-evaluate and realise you were not mad. If after presenting this information to that management then I leave you with the only option you have: GET OUT!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2019
Lots of useful content and references here, spread throughout. Also some informative diagrams to prompt discussion.
I did feel however the overall content of the book could have been written in 40 pages, a lot of repetition and use of academic language when a simpler conversation style would have sufficed. It led to cognitive overload which is ironic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2020
This book has given words to some team problems I have seen over several years, along with ways to fix problems. Essential reading for managers, stressed out devs and anyone who wants to make software delivery flow better.