All tagged David Anderson
My review of "The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" by Gene Kim and gang. I enjoyed it, and ended up staying up late to finish it. The structure of the book is quite familiar: business novel; looming disaster; averted with the determination of the protagonist (and colleagues) and the help of a wacky "guru." There are some new-to-me concepts that fit neatly with my current worldview.
Thoughts inspired by a Clay Shirky keynote talk from 2003.
The latest read from my backlog is David Anderson's 2004 look at "Agile Management for Software Engineering: Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results." It's a great combination of two of my interest areas today.
I am still looking for more thinking on how to apply Theory of Constraints ideas and thinking in heavily uncertain areas like discovery research, where typical drop-out rates are well above 80%.
David Anderson has a great comment on respect and courtesy. Courtesy is the baseline behavior. But without respect, it is difficult to get things done in any collaborative manner.
Do policies ever get in the way of improving a system? David Anderson writes about this in Superstition and Boiling Frogs.
David Anderson's "Drumming in the Dark" talks about what happens when the constraint isn't obvious. The answer is deceptively simple, and TOC provides guidance.