Book Review: Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations. I feel like Accelerate was an OK book. I picked this book up after seeing it recommended from Charity’s blog. I was hopeful for some mind blowing content, but it mostly provided confirmation of some truths I’ve encountered in industry a decade ago.

What I liked: Research-backed conclusions about engineering methodologies. The book provides a reader some vocabulary, techniques, research, and links to business outcomes. If delivering software feels Sisyphean for you or your team, this book can better equip you to try and ameliorate that situation.

What I didn’t like: All of the exhaustive research methodology details. Yes, this matters, especially when making new claims. I did not feel like this fit into the book’s subtitle of “building and scaling high performing technology organizations”.

Overall: There are valid criticisms of the actual research methodologies of the DORA report, which powers a fair amount of the book. Your mileage may vary!

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