Here are some good online resources:
- http://www.leanprimer.com/downloads/lean_primer.pdf – good overview of lean principles written by two software management consultants (Craig Larman and Bas Vodde) who include aspects of software agile methods as well.
- http://theleanthinker.com/ – a blog by Mike Rother with lots of good observations and real-life issues involved in changing an organization to lean
- http://www.coe.montana.edu/IE/faculty/sobek/A3/index.htm – a short tutorial on the Toyota A3 technique for problem solving by Durward Sobek
- http://www.lean.org/ – Lean Enterprise Institute (consulting firm and forum); large collection of articles and online forums discussing aspects of lean product development, lean mfg, and lean services
- http://theleanedge.org/ – a forum for discussions of lean management issues with contributions from many of the thought leaders in the lean community
- http://playbookhq.co/blog/ – lots of good blog postings on concepts and methods for lean-agile product development; links to lots of additional resources
- https://www.scrumalliance.org – Scrum Alliance is a non-profit organization; has articles and links on agile methods
- https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/agile – extensive set of blog postings on multiple aspects of agile software development by consultant Mike Cohn
- https://less.works/ – Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) framework for large scale projects
- http://www.scaledagileframework.com/ – a management system for large scale projects (SaFE)
Here are some good books on Lean and Agile Product Development
“Mastering Lean Product Development” by Ronald Mascitelli
A collection of practical methods to improve everything a product development organization does from product strategy to running efficient design reviews (includes extensive bibliography)
“The Principles of Product Development Flow” by Donald Reinertsen
Detailed explanations of key principles to accelerated product development, based on Theory of Constraints, queuing theory, and more
“Lean Product and Process Development” by Allen C Ward
A spirited presentation of the philosophy and techniques for lean product development from the guy who inspired many others (published posthumously)
“Ready, Set, Dominate” by Michael Kennedy et al
A more evolved presentation of the ideas from Ward’s book, based on the real-life experiences of Kennedy’s consulting clients. Includes case studies of two companies going through lean transformations
“Managing to Learn” by John Shook
An excellent introduction to the use of the ‘A3 method’ for problem solving, communication, learning, and lean management.
“The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries
A must read for entrepreneurs and anyone managing projects to create something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
“The Elements of Scrum” by Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson
A simple but comprehensive description of one of the most popular aspects of agile methods for software development.