Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, Gene Kim

Publisher: IT Revolution Press, 2018, 257 pages

ISBN: 978-1-942788-33-1

Keywords: DevOps

Last modified: Sept. 25, 2022, 9:40 a.m.

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 rigorous research, including data collected from the State of DevOps Report 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. The results are groundbreaking.

Representing both the findings and the science behind Dr. Forsgren, Humble, and Kim's research, Accelerate allows technology managers at every level to see, evaluate, and use successful applications to elevate their own organizations, Discover how to measure the performance of your teams and what capabilities to invest in to drive higher performance.

    • Foreword by Martin Fowler
    • Foreword by Courtney Kissler
    • Quick Reference: Capabilities to Drive Improvement
    • Preface
  1. What We Found
    1. Accelerate
    2. Measuring Performance
    3. Measuring and Changing Culture
    4. Technical Practices
    5. Architecture
    6. Integrating Infosec into the Delivery Lifecycle
    7. Management Practices for Software
    8. Product Development
    9. Making Work Sustainable
    10. Employee Satisfaction, Identity, and Engagement
    11. Leaders and Managers
  2. The Research
    1. The Science Behind This Book
    2. Introduction to Psychometrics
    3. Why Use a Survey
    4. The Data for the Project
  3. Transformation
    1. High-Performance Leadership and Management
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Capabilities to Drive Improvement
  • Appendix B: The Stats
  • Appendix C: Statistical Methods Used in Our Research



Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Disappointing *** (3 out of 10)

Last modified: June 5, 2021, 5:56 p.m.

Sigh, two thirds of the book is about defending the methods used in the surveys, where they point to correlation between selected criteria, but fails to prove any causation.

Amateurish drivel is the best I can say about this.


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