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Summary

Accelerate your organization to win in the marketplace. 

How can we apply technology to drive business value? For years we've been told that the performance of software delivery teams doesn't matter - that it can't provide a competitive advantage to our companies. Through four years of groundbreaking research to include data collected from the State of DevOps reports conducted with Puppet, Dr. Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim set out to find a way to measure software delivery performance - and what drives it - using rigorous statistical methods. This book presents both the findings and the science behind that research, making the information accessible for listeners to apply in their own organizations.
Listeners will discover how to measure the performance of their teams and what capabilities they should invest in to drive higher performance. This book is ideal for management at every level.

©2018 Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim (P)2018 Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim

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This should not be an audio book.

This book may haves merits but they are completely lost in the audio book. You cannot follow or learn from this without the book also to hand which defeats the purpose.

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disappointed

I have enjoyed reading Humble and Fowler before and learnt from them.

This book is going to tell you that the status quo in development is correct. It will not tell you why or give you any useful insights on how to improve. There are no facts in this book. It just says "research has shown...". It will tell you not why or how conclusions are reached. It is jargon heavy and boring. I am up to date in technology and struggled to find any new challenging ideas or even any evidence for their ideas that I am generally following already. I am not sure who is the target audience for this book, I would not recommend it to anyone interested in dev ops or technology.

I narrator is not as aweful as the content. I wish that I can get a refund.

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Well presented ideas backed by research

The book presents ideas on building high performing teams and organizations by following lean principles and primarily the learning culture. The ideas are backed by scientific research, giving the much needed credibility to this somewhat fuzzy topic and where other books are often prescriptive and subjective.
The flow of the material is quite intense, and the book requires full concentration to follow.
Some reviewers mention that the audiobook is a poor format for this material, without easy access to the figures and tables. In my experience, many of the figures in the book show relationships between measured constructs and are easily imagined based on the explanation in the text without opening the actual figure. For the remaining figures and tables, the accompanying PDF provides the necessary content.

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No images to see the charts :(

The book is great but the lack of images from the book makes it impossible to follow...

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Content is good but difficult to absorb as an audio book

The content is very interesting and having one of the authors read it is great but I just found the subject matter difficult to absorb as an audiobook and ended up buying it as a paperback instead.

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Helpful to keep you sharp

Very helpful book. Practical examples. Easy to understand. . . . . . .

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Great listen, transfers well to audiobook

You will not be disappointed. Plenty of evidence to backup the claims and reinforce what your most likely already believe. all relevant processes and technology discussed. Inspiring to help you continue on your devops transformation or even get started on it.

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Not good as audio book

I've heard that it is a very nice book so I tried it as audio book, however I could not listen to it any further, not easy to follow the content via this audio book. I would not recommend its audio book.

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Very useful and practical

Thank you for doing the work and providing me with lots of learning and information I can use to experiment for continual team improvement.

Thank you from me personal for providing me learnings.

Have a great day.

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Good insights

Easy to read. Easy to understand. Theoretical and practical. Very useful in practice as well

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  • 24-07-18

Only if you have nothing else to do

Initially i sat down with an expectation of acquiring knowledge mentioned in the title of the book. I realized that this knowledge, at least partially, is in the book... hidden among unnecessary many and long explanatory phrases written in a schoolwork style, and performed/read in a monotone way.

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  • 05-12-18

Amazing book, not audiobook

This book is not for an audiobook. Also the narration is quite distracting jumping into foot notes and diagrams.

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  • 29-05-18

A businessy version of the DevOps Handbook

Perhaps all these authors wanted to do was to rehash the ideas of The DevOps Handbook with a more managerial spin. If that was their goal, then mission accomplished. This book had all of the personnel-focus that The DevOps Handbook had without any of the enlightening tech discussions.

I would recommend this book to managers looking to get an idea of how Lean could apply to their organizations without having to dive into much technical detail. I would not recommend this book for techies looking for a blend between deploying tech and how it relates to business success/failure. For the second, I would recommend The DevOps Handbook.

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  • DJ
  • 08-03-19

Uses terminology Without Defining. BAD Narration

This book contains useful data for software development professional. Unfortunately, the author repeatedly uses terminology and acronyms that even veteran software developers and development managers won't know -- and doesn't define the unknown terms making the book hard to understand and often confusing. The narration is monotonous, robotic, humorless, hard-to-understand, overly-fast and boring -- only slightly better than my Kindle Fire's computer-generated narration. This book should definitely be renarrated by a more skilled voice actor.

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  • GhoStalker
  • 10-05-18

Cant stand the unhealthy breathing

I'm not sure why I noticed this but every sentence is followed by a loud inhale of air. I will just need to get a hard copy to read. It's so pronounced.

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  • Lars Christoffersen
  • 30-04-18

The most awful Voice ever

Very good book destroyed by a terrible reader! Destroyed the whole listening experience
A big shame, I had to stop listening

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  • Samuel Y.
  • 24-04-18

Rich Book on devops

I would recommend this book to anyone who are looking for a rich book on DevOps and more.

The narration starts with a bit to long breaks between sentences but improves in quality eventually.

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  • Bruno Vercelino da Hora
  • 31-03-21

One of the best books about software development

It is a great compound of best practices about software development. Also it is a great example of an academic research, what gives credibility for the findings.

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  • darcy
  • 12-02-21

If you are into surveys, read this book. If you are into DevOps, read something else.

This is not so much a book about DevOps. This is a book about a survey about DevOps. It’s not about building and scaling high performing technology organizations. It’s more about how to do surveys on technology organizations. It left me wanting more depth on the subject matter and not just a data dump. I found it too meta.

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  • John Johnson
  • 21-05-22

Great book, but narration was not on par

Nicole- thank you for your rigorous work. if you'd like I will re-narrate this book for you for free.

Learned a lot. Must read (or must get through listening).