Strategy and the Fat Smoker

I’m about half-way through an advance copy of David Maister’s latest book titled Strategy and the Fat Smoker and I have to say I like what I’ve read so far. The book condenses all the ‘strategic planning’ discussions down to two main points: Figure out the strategy to get where you want to go. Do … Read more Strategy and the Fat Smoker

Mass Career Customization

I recently finished reading Mass Career Customization, the newly released book from Deloitte’s Cathleen Benko and Anne Weisberg (published by Harvard Business Press). The Quick review: Great book with some excellent ideas. The long review (well…not real long): The authors do a very good job of outlining the issues and trends that are pressing employees … Read more Mass Career Customization

Agile & Iterative Development

I just finished the book “Agile & Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide” by Craig Larman. This book provides a very good overview for managers of the Iterative & Agile Development methods. I liked this book…it isn’t too in-depth…perfect for someone who needs to know the basics about Scrum, XP, UP and other Iterative/Agile methods. Two … Read more Agile & Iterative Development

Jack’s Notebook

Jack’s Notebook, written by Gregg Fraley, is a business novel in the same vein as those by Patrick Lencioni and Eli Goldratt. This book uses a fictional story to relate the concepts of creativity and how to use brainstorming, lists, reframing and other methods for creative thinking. The story follows the main character named “Jack” … Read more Jack’s Notebook