The Toyota Way Read to understand the Toyota production system (TPS)
The Goal Read to understand Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints
Release It Read to understand common design patterns and anti-patterns for production ready applications
The Phoenix Project Read to understand the DevOps movement
ITIL Lifecycle Suite 2011 Read all the volumes to understand the interconnected service lifecycle, including continuous service improvement
Deming – Out of the Crisis Read to understand Deming’s 14 points for management. Understand PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) ,the difference between a stable and unstable process, statistical variation within a ‘stable’ process and the difference between common cause and special cause variation. Do further reading of Deming to understand his ‘System Of Profound Knowledge (SoPK)’
Continuous Delivery Read to understand the theory behind the development, engineering and operations practices required to build quality into products/services and to continuously deliver these products/services into the market. This book describes the mechanistic engineering approach, including design characteristics, quality gates and automation practices to deliver software down a pipeline comprising multiple environments and finally into operations. To understand the broader lifecycle of getting services into the market, including broad coverage of strategy, design, and continual service improvement, refer to the ITIL 2011 lifecycle guidance