Tasktop’s Bookshelf

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Need something to read over the weekend? Want to brush up on your Agile and DevOps knowledge? Just finished a book and not sure what to read next? Don’t worry, Tasktop has you covered.

We’ve compiled a list of key books within the industry, for you to add to your own bookshelf. Let us know what you think in the comments, or if you have any other recommendations that aren’t included.


The Phoenix Project

Author: Gene Kim

A crucial read for anyone in the industry. If you haven’t already done so, add this to your bookshelf immediately!

“In a fast-paced and entertaining style, three luminaries of the DevOps movement deliver a story that anyone who works in IT will recognize. Readers will not only learn how to improve their own IT organizations, they’ll never view IT the same way again.”

For more information, visit: https://itrevolution.com/book/the-phoenix-project/


The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations

Author: Gene Kim, Jez Humble, John Willis, Patrick Debois

A fantastic sequel to The Phoenix Project, in this book learn how to: Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices.

“Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.”

For more information, visit: https://itrevolution.com/book/the-devops-handbook/


Standing on Shoulders: A Leader’s Guide to Digital Transformation

Authors: Jack Maher, Carmen DeArdo

Carmen DeArdo, who heads up Tasktop’s Value Stream Management (VSM) Consulting Practice, co-authored Standing on Shoulders with digital leader Jack Maher.

“In this leader’s guide to digital transformation, you’ll get practical, actionable information on building an employee and customer-obsessed culture that drives speed and efficiency while leveraging technology to sell better products and services.”

For more information, visit: https://www.archwaypublishing.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=777235


The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Author: Eric Ries

Published back in 2011, this has become an industry classic and is definitely required reading.

“The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.”

For more information, visit: http://theleanstartup.com/


The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Authors: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox

“Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry – even to your bosses – but not to your competitors.

Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant – or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a professor from student days – Jonah – to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done. The story of Alex’s fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas, which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC), developed by Eli Goldratt.”

For more information, visit: https://northriverpress.com/the-goal-a-process-of-ongoing-improvement/


Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework

Author: Dr. Mik Kersten

Written by our very own CEO & Founder, Dr. Mik Kersten, this is a must-read for anyone interested in making the crucial move from project to product.

“In Project to Product, Value Stream Network pioneer and technology business leader Dr. Mik Kersten introduces the Flow Framework™–a new way of seeing, measuring, and managing software delivery. The Flow Framework ™ will enable your company’s evolution from project-oriented dinosaur to product-centric innovator that thrives in the Age of Software. If you’re driving your organization’s transformation at any level, this book is for you.”

For more information, visit: http://projecttoproduct.org/


The Principles of Product Development Flow

Author: Donald G. Reinertsen

Essential reading for anyone in Product Development, this book is packed with informative content that will urge all professionals to take action and make change.

“This is the first book that comprehensively describes the underlying principles that create flow in product development processes, principles that have produced 5x to 10x improvements, even in mature processes. It combines a lucid explanation of the real science behind flow and a rich set of practical methods.

This book begins where other books on product development end. It is guaranteed to change the way you think about product development. The Principles of Product Development Flow is destined to become another product development classic.”

For more information, visit: http://lpd2.com/


DevOps for the Modern Enterprise: Winning Practices to Transform Legacy IT Organizations

Author: Mirco Hering

“Mirco Hering, a thought leader in managing IT within legacy organizations, lays out a roadmap to success for IT managers, showing them how to create the right ecosystem, how to empower people to bring their best to work every day, and how to put the right technology in the driver’s seat to propel their organization to success.

But just having the right methods and tools will not magically transform an organization; the cultural change that is the hardest is also the most impactful. Using principles from Agile, Lean, and DevOps as well as first-hand examples from the enterprise world, Hering addresses the different challenges that legacy organizations face as they transform into modern IT departments.”

For more information, visit: https://itrevolution.com/book/devops_modern_enterprise/


War and Peace and IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age

Author: Mark Schwartz

Recently published, this book is a game-changer that all levels of IT management will find relevant and insightful.

“In the war for business supremacy, Schwartz shows we must throw out the old management models and stereotypes that pit suits against nerds. Instead, business leaders of today can foster a space of collaboration and shared mission, a space that puts technologists and business people on the same team.

For business leaders looking to unlock their enterprise’s digital transformation, War and Peace and IT provides clear context and strategies. Schwartz demystifies the role IT plays in the modern enterprise, allowing business leaders to create new strategies for the new digital battleground.”

For more information, visit: https://itrevolution.com/book/war-and-peace-and-it/


Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work and Flow

Author: Dominica DeGrandis

This book by Tasktop’s Digital Director of Transformation, Dominica DeGrandis, has become an industry classic, and is highly valued and respected.

“In this timely book, IT time management expert Dominica DeGrandis reveals the real crime of the century—time theft, one of the most costly factors impacting enterprises in their day-to-day operations. Through simple solutions that make work visible, DeGrandis helps people round up the five thieves of time and take back their lives with time-saving solutions.”

For more information, visit: https://ddegrandis.com/book/


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