Bare Bones Change Management: What you shouldn't not do Paperback – October 1, 2010
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- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Paperback : 180 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0974935441
- ISBN-13 : 978-0974935447
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.41 x 9 inches
- Publisher : IS Survivor Publishing (October 1, 2010)
- Language: : English
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Fifty four pages is probably not enough to get you Project Management Institute certification. There are techniques that a good project manager needs to know that are outside the scope of the book. I would like to know a lot more about project management before I took on something like delivering the next generation airliner. If you have to deal with the government, this book is not going to tell you how.
This book is for the rest of us. The guys who get asked for a system to do X. The ones who get told to cut 25% out of our operating budget by consolidating servers.
There are certain things that will absolutely guarantee project failure. I was part of a project that had them all. It was a failed datacenter consolidation for a major company. A VP was brought in from outside the company and told to consolidate the mainframe operations of all the business units, which operated as autonomous companies in different markets. He was given a budget, and a few managers from each business unit. The rest of the people were told to keep working on their regular jobs, but work on this project too. At the end, half of us were going to lose our jobs, but the corporation was going to save millions.
A year later, the VP was fired. The budget was exhausted. The managers were back at their regular jobs. The rest of us had a lot of frequent flyer miles, and we had rented a building. The folks who were going to lose their jobs were still working at them. Eventually, the mainframes were outsourced and some of the savings were achieved.
By page nine you will know why this project could never have worked as it was running. By page 22, you'll have a good idea of how it could have been made to work. By the end of the book - you won't be an expert on Project Management (I now work for a company that has very good ones), but you'll know what's needed to make a project work.
If you are involved in a project, or if one is happening that affects you, read the book. It could have saved us millions, and a year.
Bob is a talented author and speaker. I like his approach and can tell that he actively meets with clients and understands the real issues in business. In Change Management he not only talks about the process of change management; he also helps you understand the human side of working with people as you create business change.
Great book and interesting read on an important topic for anyone trying to enact change in their organization.
These conditions make it imperative to have great tools and insights in order to make the most of change situations. In that regard, Bob has done it again! His experience and ability to synthesize the best information from decades of experience has produced a great resource for veterans and novices alike. The book creates a practical and effective approach to change that untangles the key factors that make all the difference between success and failure. It supports that approach with numerous tools that ensure the critical steps are covered in any transformation effort. Bob takes a perfect scope - thorough enough to be complete, but not so comprehensive as to be smothering.
Bob takes a comprehensive overview of change. Normally, that would be an oxymoron, but in this case the book outlines process without entangling the reader in meaningless details. It covers all of the important factors to be addressed in any change effort without inundating the reader with trivial concerns. As a result, the book is a great how-to guide for novices facing their first change assignment; as well as a terrific reference book for the change expert.
Bare Bones Change Management holds a prominent place on my personal bookshelf as a reservoir of examples, processes, and worksheets that I can use in my change work. Often, just a few minutes' review of a chapter or two will stimulate new ideas and provide the frameworks that ensure that all the bases are covered.
Bob should have written this book 20 years ago! He would have saved me plenty of pain and aggravation. The book truly covers all the bases on making change happen in an organization. From that knowledge, he put together a practical action guide and provided the worksheets and ideas necessary to succeed. It will be a crucial part of any change agent's library.