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Everyone can gain something from this book,
This review is from: Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload (Hardcover)- Why I chose to read this book -
I was at a conference where the construction and development team responsible for putting together and constructing the new Minnesota Twins baseball stadium gave a detailed presentation on the project. One of the first things they mentioned is that they required their entire management team to read "Bit Literacy" prior to starting the project so they could come up with a communication system via email and task list tracking system that was fast, efficient, and effective. There was no room for time wasting procedures and methods. The new stadium project was one of the more complicated professional sports stadium constructed in recent history. It is the smallest site in baseball stadium history built on a very difficult site in an urban setting. There was zero room for error as the winters are very difficult and the building had to be completed in time for the 2010 baseball season to start. I can't remember the exact number, but there were several hundred workers on the job daily. This was a $800+ million project. And the project opened to rave reviews, not only for the finished product, but the process to get there. I figured if their team could learn a few things from "Bit Literacy" I could too.
Quite simply, "Bit Literacy" is a liberating exercise in cleaning up the "fat" in your life. I bought the book, read it in a couple of days, and spent an entire Saturday cleaning up so much of the crap. I now have much better control of the daily tasks and troubleshooting in my busy daily project management schedule. This has allowed me more time to further my education and research in other areas which is now leading to long term business growth and development. I enjoy looking far beyond tomorrow and "Bit Literacy" has been a big help in doing so.
All of the concepts in the book are simple to understand and implement. Some may be new to you, and some may be a reminder. The author promotes his "to do" list tracking system which will probably be a new idea or concept to most. He should probably promote it even more. It is an awesome service and was a very pleasant surprise in the book.
Anyone who says they didn't learn something from Bit Literacy is probably not someone I want on my team. Do your family, co-workers, managers, and yourself a favor, read the book.