Top critical review
Useful Information with Mixed Presentation
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 18, 2021
Accelerate is a data based discussion of how technical practices relate to overall organizational performance. Neither technical practices, nor project management methodologies, nor management practices work in isolation and this book provides some evidence about how People Technology and Process interact to help delivery work. While I was familiar with the work, I took far to long to get around to reading the book.
The “data” behind the book is survey data. Fosgren and Humble surveyed a number of organizations and the data they present supports what I and others have observed anecdotally: technical practices play a key role in defining how an organization can deliver. Part one of the book presents the findings (which are summarized in an appendix) Part two explain the methodology and why the surveys can be considered useful objective data.
Over all, the book is a worthwhile, inspirational, read that also provides a foundation for introducing change. My only reservations are about the presentation. There is a bunch of great stuff in the book. But the connection between the parts is a bit disjointed, and different readers may find the book uneven. While the second part about methodology was interesting, it also felt like much of it could be relegated to an appendix. The third part of the book was a case study of organizational management, which was somewhat connected to the devops practices described in part one, but more focused on the role of management practices than dev ops ones than the impact of practices.
Process and team are deeply intertwined. And in team dynamics, the balance between objective and subjective measurements is hard to find. This book is a good first step in explaining how to measure what matters and how doing so can help you team. Just be prepared to skim parts of it at times.