Reference Books, Papers, and Artifacts

The portal provides access to a helpful set of readings, papers, and documents to help you in Lean-Agile including a glossary of terms, online books, and white papers. Explore the following resources.

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Glossary of Lean-Agile Terms

Communication is essential to quality improvement. A common glossary of terms is critical to communication across teams. Begin with a common glossary of terms and then update them as new terms are discovered or invented.

Leanban Primer: Lean Software Development at the Team Level

The Leanban Primer collects in one resource the good practices we have learned and observed as we have trained thousands of teams in Lean and Agile software development, including SAFe®, Scrum, kanban, and XP. This is a “primer.” It is designed to supplement training, such as the courses described at It offers guidance through concise descriptions and checklists and visuals rather than trying to instruct you in essential concepts. It is organized to help you find what you need when you need it, following the normal course of a project. This primer is intended to support the Leanban team (business analysts and developers and testers) and the Team Agility Master who work together to create a product. It addresses everything they will be doing in their work. Certainly, there is more to Lean-Agile than this: both upstream (in product planning) and downstream (in release and support) as well as managing the value stream. We chose to focus on the team level to keep the primer at a reasonable and useful size.

Whitepaper: Introduction to Leanban (PDF)

This whitepaper provides a basic introduction to Leanban. Leanban is a team-level offering that makes higher level Lean-Agile tenets actionable on a day-by-day basis. It involves a number of concepts that everyone must learn. This whitepaper explores why you should care about Leanban, its advantages, a consistent approach to implementing the Minimum Business Increments that have been selected for development, roles, and practices.

Whitepaper: An Overview of Guardrails: Keeping Aligned and on Track (PDF)

Solution Delivery is a complex process. However, it is possible to see if one is on track in a relatively straightforward manner. In essence, Lean-Agile methods are about achieving the highest level of Business value realization in the shortest amount of time in a predictable and sustainable manner. This requires working on the most important Business value requests within the proper capacity to implement them quickly. This is often complex and difficult; however, it is less difficult to assess if you are staying on track. To help with this, we have defined a set of guardrails.

These guardrails take the form of non-negotiable agreements made across the organization. Each agreement has a set of questions to consider to ensure that everyone is doing what was agreed to. The guardrails are grounded both in the intention of realizing Business value and in following known principles of Lean-Agile software development. The purpose of the guardrails is both for alignment and to keep people on the right path. They provide guidance to ensure that you are on course and to allow you to make decisions at a local level while ensuring you are still aligned to the rest of the value stream.