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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: IS Survivor Publishing (January 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974935433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974935430
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a thinking person and read this book, you will be a better leader, period.
jmr
I stumbled upon one of Bob's newsletters 3-4 years ago and found it extremely insightful and well written.
M. Carignan
I strongly recommend "Keep the Joint Running: A Manifesto for 21st Century Information Technology".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Carignan on February 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am probably not Bob's typical newsletter subscriber; I have been a CFO, a Controller, a General Manager and now a business owner. Although I have always been ultimately responsible for IT, I wouldn't call IT my "field". I stumbled upon one of Bob's newsletters 3-4 years ago and found it extremely insightful and well written. What really struck me, though, was how his newsletters applied to organizations as a whole, even though written for a narrower IT audience.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Blair on January 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
A grizzled veteran gave me some great advice regarding the IT fads several decades ago: "those analysts who have not applied these techniques to real data are extremely optimistic about the results."

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.

John Blair
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Inge on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bob Lewis is one of the clearest, and clearest-thinking, writers on management and leadership I know. His insights and advice are spot-on, very well expressed and lightened with just the right amount of humor. Presented as a series of chapters that can be read in sequence or individually, the value of his guidance extends far beyond technology; every manager and leader I know could benefit from the core truths and balanced viewpoints Bob presents. I wish I'd had the benefit of his advice when I was an IT manager in a corporate environment; both my staff and my superiors would have benefited as much as I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew B on March 4, 2009
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A concise 13 chapters (in about 225 pages) that describes what managing an IT organization is really (or should be) about. It provides concrete advice on what works and how to improve your organization.

My favorite chapter (right now) is Chapter 7: "Before you can be strategic, you have to be competent." The general idea is that it is better to do the wrong things well, than the right things badly (you'll at least be trusted). I really like Bob's reasoning behind this conclusion, and his "Help Desk Ploy" has been invaluable. What I've gained from this short chapter alone has been worth the price of the book. You might even want to buy two and share.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David E. W. Mott on February 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bob Lewis is a slayer of many of the sacred cows of the IT world. Some of these are:
- Internal customers
- Run IT as a business
- The "waterfall" software development model
- IT "owned" projects
- IT vs. the rest of the company thinking
- The value of large projects vs. small-step, incremental approaches
- Expecting software development methods to produce "magical" solutions
- And finally, "trusting your gut" instead of "using your head"
Bob slays these cows, and more, with just the right amount of humor and humility. Really, you will probably come back for more copies if you buy just one to start -- so buy at least three!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Jose on February 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am reusing Bob's wisdom "Customers complain about quality and delight when they get excellence". Well, I am plainly delighted after going thru such an excellent book . This is especially suited for these trying times when companies are trying to simultaneously reduce cost and deliver more things without impacting the customer.Sounds familiar ! For me the single most important point which stands out is the way Bob explains about 'Running I.T business like' and not the other way around (Running I.T as a business).
Read this book and recommend to some one higher in the food chain and keep the joints runnning for our future .

Bob's big picture is always containing the people aspect, and same as his weekly blog [...] , it always touches some nerve by relating with the ongoing trend of dehumanizing of business ,especially the biggest ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Partridge on February 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
My main reservation with this book is that Bob continues to target his existing constituency with titles that make his books out to be "IT" books. This one is about leadership, management, organizational behavior, and problem solving, admittedly with particular emphasis on IT issue. Most of the book covers, in a carefully considered and clearly presented fashion things any manager or leader needs to thing about. Further, since no business of any size functions today without IT, the time spent on IT-specific issues is unlikely to be wasted time for most readers. This is the kind of book that ought to be required reading for anyone (MBA or not) who seeks to influence, or even to understand, how people work together.

Another reviewer described the book as "an easy read" - while it's a fairly fun and quick read, I describe it as more thought provoking than easy.

If you're not in a position to hire Bob personally, this book contains frameworks and ideas worth far more than its cost. If I could have read and absorbed this stuff years ago, my career to date would be more successful and satisfying.
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