The next book we'll discuss is "Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and Devops," by Nicole Fosgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim. The reviews of this book have been over-the-top great. The (fairly short) book is divided into three sections. Part I, "What we found," comprises over half the book and is a narrative list of findings from "a four-year research journey to investigate what capabilities and practices are important to accelerate the development and delivery of software and, in turn, value to companies." Part II describes how the research was conducted. Part III, the shortest, "presents a case study of what is possible when organizations adopt and implement these capabilities in order to drive performance."
For the 17 January meeting, let's get a copy of the book and read the first part of Part I, say chapters 1-5? There's a lot of time between now and the 17th, so feel free to read ahead if you like.
The official site for the book, with purchase links for dead trees, ebook, and audio versions, is https://itrevolution.com/book/accelerate/