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Gary Gruver

is an experienced executive with a proven track record of transforming software development processes and working with executives in large organizations. As co-author of A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development, he documented how HP revolutionized software development while he was the director of the LaserJet Firmware development lab at HP. As VP of QE, Release, and Operations at he led their transition to continuous delivery. Gary currently lives in Idaho with his wife and enjoys skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.






Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise is a quick, easy-to-read guide that helps structure those improvements by providing a framework that large organizations can use to understand DevOps principles in the context of their current development processes and gain alignment across the organization for successful implementations.

The book illustrates how to analyze your current development and delivery processes to ensure you gain positive momentum by implementing the DevOps practices that will have the greatest immediate impact on the productivity of your organization, with the goal of achieving continuous improvement over time.

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Software is becoming more and more important across a broad range of industries, yet most technology executives struggle to deliver software improvements their businesses require. Leading-edge companies like Amazon and Google are applying DevOps and Agile principles to deliver large software projects faster than anyone thought possible. But most executives don’t understand how to transform their current legacy systems and processes to scale these principles across their organizations.

"Leading the Transformation" is an executive guide to transforming software development processes in large organizations. The book and presentation focus on showing executives how to lead the transformation of Enterprise scale software development processes. Instead of the traditional Agile and DevOps approaches that focus on improving the effectiveness of teams, this book targets the biggest inefficiencies in most large organizations that executives are uniquely positioned to address, which is coordinating the work across teams.

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Today, even the largest development organizations are turning to agile methodologies, seeking major productivity and quality improvements. However, large-scale agile development is difficult, and publicly available case studies have been scarce. Now, three agile pioneers at Hewlett-Packard present a candid, start-to-finish insider’s look at how they’ve succeeded with agile in one of the company’s most mission-critical software environments: firmware for HP LaserJet printers.

This book tells the story of an extraordinary experiment and journey. Could agile principles be applied to re-architect an enormous legacy code base? Could agile enable both timely delivery and ongoing innovation? Could it really be applied to 400+ developers distributed across four states, three continents, and four business units? Could it go beyond delivering incremental gains, to meet the stretch goal of 10x developer productivity improvements?

It could, and it did—but getting there was not easy.

Writing for both managers and technologists, the authors candidly discuss both their successes and failures, presenting actionable lessons for other development organizations, as well as approaches that have proven themselves repeatedly in HP’s challenging environment. They not only illuminate the potential benefits of agile in large-scale development, they also systematically show how these benefits can actually be achieved.

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Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise

InfoQ interviewed Gruver and Mouser about problems that large organizations experience with agile, how enterprise wide continuous improvement helps to increase agility, managing continuous improvement, experiences from ... Read more
By Ben Linders on Oct 29, 2015

I liked the fact that the book focused on how to mature the environment to get to DevOps. Pragmatism and focus on continuous improvement rather than trying to force by the Agile book. If you are thinking about DevOps ... Read more
By Rao Kasibhotla on Nov 29, 2015

Gary does a masterful job of outlining the requirements for executives to lead the transformation effort and helps to identify how planning and process are just as critical as ... Read more
By Derek J. Langoneon on August 12, 2015

Gary and Tommy provide practical and proven advice on applying some of the most impactful Agile and DevOps benefits to large scale organizations (100 or more engineers). The focus of this book is on applying the "basic principles" ... Read more
By Jason A. Coxon on September 6, 2015

This is very relevant book for executives who are looking to transform their organizations and looking to know where to start and how, this book is coming from leaders who have been leading large scale transformations for years ... Read more
By Arun Dutta on September 3, 2015

“Leading the Transformation” is a short and powerful read for executives who are scaling Agile and DevOps in their organizations. Two attributes make this book stand out among the thousands of Agile and DevOps sources. ...Read more
By Maria Loughlin on September 11, 2015

I read Gary's prior work A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development: How HP Transformed LaserJet FutureSmart Firmware (Agile Software Development Series) a few years ago, and was struck by how important ... Read more
By Brooke Gravitt on September 17, 2015

I read Gary's and Tommy's book to see whether they can add anything new to the canon of DevOps and Transformation books and I have to say: Absolutely. This book takes a refreshingly honest look at the way you need to lead in a ... Read more
By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2015

The authors explain in the book why agile was chosen, and what their expectation were when they decided to implement agile practices. Focusing on the why first, the business needs, gave them a better understanding of the ... Read more
By Ben Linders on Jan 25, 2013

Despite being called (and being) a practical approach, this is extremely well principled: the directives around metrics are worth the price of the book alone. ... Read more
By Martin on Nov 08, 2015

Dry? Sure. Did I skim parts? You bet. But I also highlighted and wrote notes over large chunks of this book, and if you work in software you probably will too. ... Read more
By Tim Jarrett on Oct 11, 2014

This little gem comes in at about 200 pages but is by no means a lightweight in content. It is chock-full of useful information and advice based on practical, real-world experience. ... Read more
By Ravi Sodhi on September 18, 2013

A great book for anyone who wants to see how one company applied agile development techniques to a large scale project. ... Read more
By Mike on November 11, 2014

Very simple to read, yet not lacking the details in which to reach the destination of being Agile both in terms of development and also in terms of delivery. Great book - must read for everyone going agile in large ... Read more
By Jorn Erik Jensen on October 29, 2014

Great read about HP firmware division and their transformation to agile. A must read if you are trying to learn by example how to implement agile in a large enterprise will save you lot of headaches. As recommendation I think to make it ... Read more
By Pablo Ganga on June 7, 2014

One of the problems with agile is how to scale it. For anyone (like me) who is trying to implement agile in a large organization this book is very helpful. ... Read more
By J. E. Caldwell on June 7, 2014

you need to read this practical book on the moving parts that might apply in your organizational/transformational journey!. If you backup from large scale agile ... Read more
By Ravi Sodhi on September 18, 2013

The book Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise by Gary Gruver provides a DevOps based approach for continuously improving development and delivery processes in large organizations. ... Read more
By Ben Linders on Jan 12, 2017

While the “DevOps Handbook” is definitely worth your time, you should first grab a copy of Gary Gruver‘s new 94-page book, “Start and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise,” and plow through it before doing anything else. ... Read more
By Michael Cote on Nov 22, 2016

Hey there Gary – quick note before I go on vacation this week to the coast. I read through your book again and thought it was terrific.
I did a review on, and another on my blog. I love your pragmatic approach and I’ll continue to sing your praises with my clients and contacts. Hope it sells like hotcakes! Read more
By Dave Harrison on December 20, 2016

People who're working at large organizations often find the claims of DevOps, cloud, and agile preposterous. What seems to work well on small teams that have complete control of their products seems impossible in 100 to 1,000+ plus companies. ... Read more
By Michael Cote on November 16, 2016

As one of the people who had chance working under Gary's DevOps initiative in a large retail company, I found this book familiar as well as refreshing. ... Read more
By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2016

Excellent, outstanding book. I've never seen such detail when it comes to drilling into exactly what ails an organization - Gary splits it into one of five categories - and specific questions you can ask to pinpoint the exact pain point. ...Read more
By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2016

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