The Kindle has a nice feature that is virtually impossible with paper books; it combines the highlighted sections of text (in essence an electronic yellow highlight marker) from all readers and identifies the passages with the greatest number. The View Popular Highlights function shows you passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people. Here are the top seven highlighted quotes from Lean Integration as of the end of 2012.
Three of the top highlighted passages are definitions. The first one defines integration from a process perspective, the second from a technology perspective and the third from a people and organizational perspective. All definitions are valid and it is interesting (to me) that these are frequently highlighted by readers.
- The definition of integration is “the practice of making independent applications work together as a cohesive system on an ongoing basis.”
- “Integration: An infrastructure for enabling efficient data sharing across incompatible applications that evolve independently in a coordinated manner to serve the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders.”
- The definition of Integration Competency Center is “a permanent cross-functional team operating as a shared-services function supporting multiple organizational units and sustaining integration solutions in a coordinated manner.”
Another highlighted passage, and one of my personal favorites, is:
- “When you allow independent project teams to choose their own tools and to apply their own coding, naming and documentation standards, you eventually end up with a hairball—every time. The hairball is characterized by an overly complex collection of dependencies between application components that is hard to change, expensive to maintain and unpredictable in operation.”
The final three quotes in the top seven describe key aspects or characteristics of Lean in the context of data and systems integration.
- “In financial terms, the value of Lean comes from two sources: economies of scale and reduction in variation.”
- “Lean transforms integration from an art into a science, a repeatable and teachable methodology that shifts the focus from integration as a point-in-time activity to integration as a sustainable activity that enables organizational agility.”
- “Examples of automation include automating requirements definition by leveraging a business glossary, canonical models and metadata repositories for source and target data models; automating code generation using pattern-based wizards; automating testing using script-driven testing frameworks; and automating migration of code objects from development to test to production environments using metadata-driven scripts and workflows.”
While these seven quotes reflect just a tiny fraction of the Lean Integration book, they provide a useful and interesting perspective. To get your own copy on the Kindle, visit Lean Integration on Amazon.
 Schmidt, John G.; Lyle, David (2010-05-18). Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility, Addison-Wesley Professional. Kindle Edition.