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Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking

What You Really Need to Know to Build High-Performing Digital Product Teams
Narrated by: Mike Norgaard
Length: 45 mins
4 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)
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As companies evolve to adopt, integrate, and leverage software as the defining element of their success in the 21st century, a rash of processes and methodologies are vying for their product teams' attention. In the worst of cases, each discipline on these teams - product management, design, and software engineering - learn a different model. This short, tactical book reconciles the perceived differences in Lean Startup, Design Thinking, and Agile software development by focusing not on rituals and practices but on the values that underpin all three methods.

©2017 Jeff Gothelf (P)2017 Jeff Gothelf

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  • Taz
  • New York, NY
  • 05-26-17

Don't buy this audiobook. Buy the eBook.

This is also mostly for people new to the three practices. I like it but didn't think it was that helpful. It is very short and a good overview.

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It's brief. Now go read Sense and Reapond

I liked this overview. I consume different media types and this audio version offers a simple review of these methods. It's not intended to be a deep dive. Rather, it's brevity is a super practical teaser to Gothelf's thinking.

My favorite line.... Customers don't care about your approach, they care about great products and services that solve meaningful problems in effective ways.

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it started, and then it was over

did not learn anything beyond what is in Wikipedia pages for each of the practices, what a waste of 40 minutes

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straight to the point executive summary

straight to the point executive summary helps introduce the topics to those coming from classic management

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Quick but accurate reflection of common problems

good introductions to concepts and goals of lean/agile/design thinking; good overview of how these world views conflict in actual making of software. A bit hamfisted on metaphors or examples, and a bit out of touch with more technical descriptions (misunderstanding of 'devops' in my mind, but to little consequence or detriment.)

Very short read, may be best when you have quite a few credits stacked up, or are really itching for a quick overview of concepts. It's short length has also served very well in making it approachable to recommending to others, and great tool for putting people on same page before discussing concepts or proposed process changes.

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20 minutes and pretty much blog material.

Very short. This entire piece would normally be the introduction chapter of another more-in-depth book. Don't waste your money.

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Based on the description I thought it was more than it was

Honestly, this is a good book for understanding these concepts. I felt it didn’t offer a guidance of complimentary collaboration between everything the way I would have liked. Perhaps it is because I have a lot of experience with each of these concepts, so I found it very basic at times. The performance was great. Honestly it had the ton and approach of a really sound podcast of these business practices for software development.

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good overview but fails to distinguish

I liked the quick overview and I think the author is knowledgeable in the concepts. I was hoping for a more deeper explanation on the topics. I have read many books on each topic too quickly so all the concepts have merged into one single perspective. I needed to understand how to distinguish one from another and this book was not the one for that. he does a good job of explaining how they work together though. his 10 step process is not a revelation but decent start point.

bottom line: if you want a real quick overview this is worth it.

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Makes difficult concepts very simple to understand

He explains concepts very well. Makes it easy to understand and explain to others. I would recommend this to any organization planning to implement scaled agile framework.

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  • John
  • Westerville, Ohio USA
  • 06-25-18

Must Read for value-driven teams

I have long been frustrated by how Agilists, Lean Product coaches and “D Thinking” advocates always seem to be competing around who’s methods are best. This book describes the flaw in that thinking and provides a path toward using all of them together to create high performance teams to drive value to the user.

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  • Mark_my_words
  • 10-03-18

Short but informative

Only scratches the surface of these methodologies but is an interesting debate, comparing and contrasting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-17

very common sense things really didn't add value

this book didn't add any value to me it was just very intuitive stuff we all know

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  • Paul Pilling
  • 07-19-17

Interesting perspective

So true and highlighted well the issues would be good if longer and gave some examples of how to remedy

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  • Tim Egbuson
  • 07-28-17

Average Joe

Yup. it's not a bad book. but its still ok
So as i must enter fifteen words guess must do what we must.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-17

Just buy it

If you think you need a brief overview of the difference between lean, agile and design thinking, what problems they are designed to address and how they should work together then just buy this book, you won't regret it

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