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Keep the Joint Running: A Manifesto for 21st Century Information Technology Paperback – January 5, 2009
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Over the years, I have collected his articles and refer to (and share) many of them again and again. With this book, Bob succeeds at bringing together a large body of work into a no-nonsense, indispensable reference for any manager looking for a leadership edge.
There are thousands upon thousands of books written about leadership. Some are good enough to warrant passing to a co-worker or boss after finishing it. This is one of those few books that you buy for your friends, co-workers or boss(es), because you don't want to give up your copy of it.
Bob's book is written from the perspective of my 'grizzled veteran." Since IT became a profession (Bob may argue whether it is a profession) there have been a string of "sure fire" solutions to all of the problems in the profession. The book "outs" a number of these and develops the needed skepticism for confronting the others.
Outcomes are what matter. As long as your techniques are simple, legal and ethical, focus on the outcome. Reading Bob's KJR book and essays will help you keep that focus.
Yes, you will want to give a copy to your boss, and your bosses boss. This is the kind of no nonsense, put your faith in Bob type advise that you can put to great use.
I've been reading Bob's great work for a lot longer than most. If your leadership career (yes there are such things) is just getting off the ground - this is a great book to put you to the front of the class. If your career like mine is in it's middle years of firing on all cylinders, you'll use this to validate what you know, and give you that sharpened edge that will keep those in their thirties thinking - who is this guy who thinks faster and better than we do - and where does he come up with all this stuff that the CIO just eats up?
I have to hoard the copy I still have, I gave my first copy of "A Manifesto for 21st Century Information Technology" to my boss, who guards it jealously. He knows how good Bob is. We even tried to use a slogan at work, "Are You Better Than Bob?" knowing that our shop is full of Can Do, Make Do, find the solution types, where everywhere around us, we are continually trying to show them that success is state of mind, driven by great ideas being put into motion through motivation and inspiration. Bob's book will give you the inspiration and guidance to think and act like no leader in your organization.
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Section One - Conceptual underpinnings: There are no best practices, only practices that fit best; To optimize the whole you must sub-optimize the parts; Bad metrics are worse than no metrics
Section Two - Putting process in its place: Relationships precede process; Relationships outlive transactions; Don't confuse documentation with reality
Section Three - The nature of the IT enterprise: Before you can be strategic, you have to be competent; Big solutions that work start as small solutions that work; Customers are external, Internal customers aren't; Don't run IT as a business, run it in a businesslike way; There are no IT projects
Section Four - Being smart, and something important to be smart about: Digest with intestines, think with brain; Every employee is irreplacable
Lewis starts off early in the book by proclaiming there's no such thing as "best practices". That should get noticed... The six variables of business (cycle time, throughput, overhead cost, unit cost, quality, and excellence) are different for all businesses, so there's no "one size fits all" approach to doing things "right". So learn from everyone and let smart people figure out solutions that work. So now that Lewis has taken a direct shot at one of the most universal "truths" of business, what else can he do? Plenty...Read more ›
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Very well written, no fluff. Reads like a conversation or talk.Published 4 months ago by T. Amazonista
Great book. Insights on every page even for those of us with decades of experience. Highly recommend for any IT professional.Published on March 18, 2014 by Joe Hessmiller
This is a great book. It's short, sweet and to the point. This would be great for a college grad or IT veteran alike. If I were a manager, I'd buy a copy for all of my employees.Published on December 8, 2011 by Greg in Longwood
A must read for every level in IT. Relationships precede process, relationships outlive transactions, communication, trust; refreshing to find this among so much other valuable... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Robin
As Business maneuvers through the difficult time that is our current economy, the budgets for IT are decreasing while the expectations are increasing. Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by Jason Boyd
I wish I could have had the benefit of Bob's newsletters many years ago when I was active in business - always well thought out, challenging and yet an easy read and with humour. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by John - Kidderminster
This book is like a breath of fresh air blowing away stale hyperbole. Way too many IT "experts" are really just experts at "talking/communicating/selling" and not executing. Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Eric Kassan
Bob Lewis is one of the clearest, and clearest-thinking, writers on management and leadership I know. Read morePublished on March 9, 2009 by Jon Inge