Summer book recommendations

Here are some book recommendations for your summer vacation. I have divided them into four categories: The must reads!, Great reads!, Lean & Leadership and finally Change  & Coaching

The must reads!


This is Lean by Niklas Modig, Pär Åhlström

Kanban by David J. Andersson

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Toyota Kata by Mike Rother

The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker

Great reads!  Continue reading


I’m happy to announce that the collection of business transformation essays called LESS!, that I co-authored, is now published.

It is free and you can get it here. LESS!_cover

When you have read it, please write a review at GoodReads.

This is a book of twelve essays written by me and my co-authors who all work in the trenches, building business, coaching leaders and shaping the future. This book contains the following main topics:

  • Beyond Budgeting–Changing the way the organization is managed from command and control to an empowered, adaptive and agile model
  • Radical Management–Rethink the fundamental assumptions about management
  • Strategic Navigation–Use OODA Loops and the ancient Chinese 36 Stratagems to outthink the competition
  • Lean–Do more with LESS! resources
  • Agile–working software, no pain
  • Systems Thinking–An easier, better way to think about organizations
  • Complexity Thinking–Radical insights about organizations and management coming from the complexity sciences
    The title of my essay is “Standard work in Software development”. In this essay I explore the application of the Lean tool called Standard work in software development. You can find my blog posts on the subject here.
    I want to give a special thank you to Henrik Mårtensson for his tireless efforts of editing and making the book ready for publishing. Thank you!

Dan Bergh Johnsson@danbjson

Bjarte Bogsnes@bbogsnes

Peter Bunce

Steve Denning@stevedenning

Ola Ellnestam@ellnestam

Håkan Forss@hakanforss

Brian Hawkes

Maarit Laanti

Henrik Mårtensson@Kallokain

Karl Scotland@kjscotland

Ari-Pekka Skarp@apskarp

James Sutton@LeanSE

Audio books I highly recommend

I try to read a lot of books but I’m not a fast reader. I also spend some time more or less every day walking the dog, doing grocery shopping, commuting to and from work and so on. I have found that listening to audio books and podCast are a great way to learn. Here is a list of highly recommended audio books I have read.

James P. Womack

Stephen A. Ruffa

Jeffrey Liker

Dan Ariely

Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Dan & Chip Heath

John P. Kotter

Daniel H. Pink

Emi Osono, Norihiko Shimizu, Hirotaka Takeuchi

Louis V. Gerstner

Peter M. Senge

Patrick Lencioni

Shawn Achor

My way to see the light about Lean

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Two to three years ago I started my knowledge journey in the area of Lean. I had at that time been into Agile in general and Scrum in particular for some time and was wondering what all this talk about Lean was and how it was related to Agile. In this post I will not try to explain my opinion about this but I will give you the main outline how I started my journey thru a list of books that I recommend.

My Lean booklist in my reading order:

  1. Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash by Mary Poppendieck , Tom Poppendieck
  2. The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker
  3. Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones
  4. Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones
  5. Going Lean: How the Best Companies Apply Lean Manufacturing Principles by Stephen A. Ruffa
  6. Scaling Lean & Agile Development: Thinking and Organizational Tools for Large-Scale Scrum by Craig Larman, Bas Vodde

If you havn’t read these yet my recommended order is: 2, 6, 1, 3 5. Lean Solutions is optional in my opinion.

I have three more books that I’m about to read in the comming month:

  1. Extreme Toyota: Radical Contradictions That Drive Success at the World’s Best Manufacturer by Emi Osono, Norihiko Shimizu, Hirotaka Takeuchi
  2. Beyond the Goal: Theory of Constraints by Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Note:The reason why The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox is not up there is because it is not for sale thru in Sweden, DRM stuff stinks. I will try to get it on audio and if not possible dead trees will too.

Anything you like to add?