The Strategic Project Leader

I just finished reading The Strategic Project Leader: Mastering Service-Based Project Leadership by Jack Ferraro….not a bad book. In section two of his book, Mr. Ferraro writes: In project management, leadership is desperately needed; leadership that is adaptable, perceptive, timely, meaningful, authentic, and unselfish. This one sentence sums up the core of The Strategic Project […]

It’s Your Ship

Just finished reading the book “It’s Your Ship” by Mike Abrashoff. At first glance, this book looks like it would be something that I wouldn’t like at all…the picture of the naval officer (the author) on the front really turned me off. I read the book at the urging of a friend and was pleasantly […]

The Go-Giver

I’m just finishing up “The Go-Giver” by Bob Burg and John David Mann. My review in two words: “Love it“. The book is a ‘business parable’ (whatever that means) that gives some great advice on what the authors have titled the ‘Five Laws of Stratospheric Success”. The five laws are: Law of value Law of […]

Reinventing Project Management

I just finished reading “Reinventing Project Management” by Aaron J. Shenhar and Dov Dvir and I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. The full title of the book is “Reinventing Project Management: The Diamond Approach to Successful Growth & Innovation” and, as the title suggests, it covers an approach that the authors […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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” […]