Welcome to our Top Lean Reads series of posts. In this week's post, we share our top books on setting a record pace for product delivery by managing queues more effectively and creating smaller batches of work. What are smaller batches you say? Read on...
Best Lean Books: Managing Queues and Batches
We've experienced vast improvements in product development speed and effectiveness through effective management of queues and batch sizes. Donald Reinertsen has examined and written extensively about both topics. Check out these Lean reads to learn more.
Managing the Design Factory, by Donald G. Reinertsen
"Managing the Design Factory combines the powerful analytical tools of queuing, information, and system theories with the proven ideas of organization design and risk management. The result: a methodical approach to consistently hit the "sweet spot" of quality, cost, and time in developing any product. Reinertsen illustrates these concepts with concrete examples drawn from his work with many leading companies across different industries.Fresh and thought-provoking, the book challenges many of the conventional approaches to product development..."
The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development, by Donald G. Reinertsen
At Accuer, our business depends on helping successful product developers become even better. We need to provide real results, quickly, in lots of different areas. Because we need to stay at the leading edge, I've studied and read almost every book on lean product development; this one is better than the rest of them combined! Why? It's a unique combination of practical methods and clear explanations of the science that makes them work. If you've enjoyed Don's previous books as much as I have, you're guaranteed like this one." ----David W. Paulson, President Accuer, Inc.
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