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From the Publisher

In today's society almost as soon as a new way of thinking or working emerges it is hijacked by individuals and companies seeking to make a quick buck. In some instances old ideas are re-branded and sold under a new label. In almost all cases they concentrate on the implementation of specific "silver bullet" practices, excluding other complementary or necessary parts. The original ideology gets devalued, confused or lost.

This book looks at four disciplines in which this has happened - NLP, Agile, Lean and the Theory of Constraints. It takes a philosophical look at their fundamental principles and explains their value.

It is an essential read for managers for whom these principles, when applied properly, are very effective tools. The author makes the case that, in their purest form, these principles and disciplines are applicable by anyone in any situation, making this book a useful and thought provoking read for almost everybody.

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The Trousers of Reality: How to find balance and satisfaction in life, work and play.

Volume One: Working Life: Why things like Agile, Lean, NLP, Systems Thinking and Theory of Constraints are essential for effective project management.

"The Trousers of Reality goes far beyond NLP and IT. It is visionary and fresh and new. It is for everyone who wants to set themselves free from the constrained thinking of tribalism and labels. It is a creative use of NLP in the teaching of IT methodologies, planning and problem solving. Furthermore, all of these disciplines have meta principles which converge with each other and with life. Discovering these meta principles is like finding the marrow of life. Learning anything throws new light on everything else. We all need this book. Read it, listen to it, let it speak to you. It can change your life for the better." Wyatt Woodsmall PH.D.

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Product Details

  • Series: Trousers of Reality
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Code Green Publishing (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190721500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907215001
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,127,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Barry Evans grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Nowadays he splits his time between the UK and France. Writing, art and the printed word seem to be in his blood. He can trace his family tree back to Theodore de Banville, the poet, writer and friend of Victor Hugo. His mother is artist and writer Vonnie Banville Evans and his father, Jim Evans, was an artisan printer. His brother John has published two novels so far and his brother Jamie is a composer. His uncles Vincent and John Banville are both award winning authors. Barry has had over 20 years experience in the information technology industry as a software engineer, a manager and a technical coach. He is an NLP trainer with INLPTA, a member of the British Computer Society, a chartered Engineer and a chartered IT Professional. His writing spans fiction, philosophy, poetry, photography and technical material. He has a website at www.trousersofReality.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Hayes on March 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book about a year ago on recommendation from a friend, who thought I'd find it useful.

He was right. I did, but it wasn't what I expected. The book is throws out ideas and concepts with every paragraph. Sometimes they flow wonderfully well, other times you are left struggling to catch up with the author. Some of the ideas you will probably profoundly disagree with, but even those will stretch your thinking. The book is an intellectual read that borders on the subversive at times. It will challenge your thinking, and for that it is very worthwhile.

If you are a skim-reader, you'll hate the book because you just won't take it in. Read it slowly and carefully, and it will be a revelation.

Don't expect to get everything on your first read. Read it once and then going back in six months and read it again. That is what I have done and I picked it up again this morning to read through it for a third time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Baines on September 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book made me open up the windows in my head to let in some fresh air on daily activities I thought I knew well - planning, communicating, prioritising - helping to blow away the accumulated cruft, leaving the essential lessons bare and showing mew ways to grow and improve.

The style is personal and engaging, drawing on the authors experience of coaching and software development and centuries of work from thinkers around the world to reveal a deeper perspective on the reasons that projects succeed and fail.

Looking forward to volume II.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MB on July 3, 2009
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I've known Barry Evans a number of years now, both as a colleague and as a friend. Does this make this review biased? Quite possibly, but it also means I know the man behind the book. I know his methods and I know what he has achieved.

Barry Evans is one of life's unusual people: someone who is outstandingly successful in his professional life, but who has also managed to achieve balance between his work and his home and family life.

Ever since Barry told me he was writing this book two years ago, I've been looking forward to reading it. I've just finished reading it for the second time. It's been worth the wait.

Quite simply, The Trousers of Reality: Working Life contains nuggets of gold from start to finish. Barry's ideas and his concepts work in real life situations: in business, he creates hugely successful outcomes, achieving results others thought impossible. He does so in a way that brings people and organisations together, enthusing people and empowering them to achieve their very best.

Over the past decade I have run several businesses - computer systems suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and logistics operations. I only wish I had this book available to me when I started.

If you feel you could manage people or situations better than you currently do; if you're striving to achieve your targets and reach your goals, but at the expense of your home life; if you are driving yourself forward as hard as you can but feel that the rest of your company isn't following your leadership as well as it might, then The Trousers of Reality: Working Life is the book for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Davies on October 18, 2009
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Drawing on diverse disciplines, and historical and scientific fact and metaphor, Mr. Evans delivers a message of innovation, thoughtful analysis and "out of the box" thinking in his entertaining Trousers of Reality Volume One: Working Life. Software development and project management provide the context for the author's main tenets and themes, but Mr. Evans' approach will speak to managers, team leaders and team members in a variety of fields. He leads the reader through basic constructs for understanding the work environment, and proposes "nexus based decision making" as a guide to successful project outcomes. This is not a cookbook, but rather a book about opening your mind to the essential ingredients for successful work life.
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