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My Favorite Business Books

Larry P. Leach
The list author says: "After earning Master's degrees in Engineering and Business, I learned from the best in the world how to manage projects. I spent over 30 years successfully running projects, programs, and portfolios of projects of all kinds and sizes. I then learned how to do it much better, to deliver projects "in half the time, all the time", which I now call Lean Project Management. Here are some of my knowledge sources."
Lean Project Management: Eight Principles For Success
Lean Project Management: Eight Principles For Success
"My penultimate book...covers the eight processes key to project success, incorporating Critical Chain Project Management and Lean thinking."
Lean Project Leadership: Synthesizing the Tools of Professional Project Management and Modern System Improvement Methods to Complete Projects in 'Half the Time, All the Time' With Much Higher Quality
Lean Project Leadership: Synthesizing the Tools of Professional Project Management and Modern System Improvement Methods to Complete Projects in 'Half the Time, All the Time' With Much Higher Quality
"My latest book, with many updates on the process, and "how to" lead implementing Lean Project Management. Includes detailed descriptions of the key roles for Lean Project Management, and more on Lean, Six Sigma, TOC, and the PM basics you need. Innovative format of two page modules geard towards learning one topic at a time."
Critical Chain Project Management, Second Edition
Critical Chain Project Management, Second Edition
"My first published book, initiating the acronym CCPM. It includes all you need to plan and execute critical chain projects."
Project Portfolio Management: A Practical Guide to Selecting Projects, Managing Portfolios, and Maximizing Benefits
Project Portfolio Management: A Practical Guide to Selecting Projects, Managing Portfolios, and Maximizing Benefits
"Includes a chapter I contributed on how to apply Theory of Constraints thinking to project selection, plus the basics of critical chain."
The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects
The Wiley Guide to Managing Projects
"The bible on managing projects. Includes a chapter I contributed on Critical Chain Project Management."
The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education - 2nd Edition
The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education - 2nd Edition
"The business book that says it all by my hero Dr. W. Edwards Deming. You need to know his system of Profound Knowledge."
Out of the Crisis
Out of the Crisis
"Deming's first book with more detail on his fourteen points for management. A necessary part of your knowledge base."
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
"Dr. Eli Goldratt's first, and IMHO best book. It describes the Theory of Constraints (TOC) in action, although never uses the term. If you are in other than a production environment, open your mind when you read it to translate it to your business environement. It does apply to R&D, Engingeering, Services, Government: any type of business or government process. An easy read."
The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations
The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations
"The second best book on creating organization change: use it when installing or improving your project delivery system."
The Heart of Change Field Guide: Tools And Tactics for Leading Change in Your Organization
The Heart of Change Field Guide: Tools And Tactics for Leading Change in Your Organization
"The best book on leading orgnaizational change. Includes very helpful checklists. Don't attempt organizational changes without it!"
Performance Management: Changing Behavior that Drives Organizational Effectiveness
Performance Management: Changing Behavior that Drives Organizational Effectiveness
"The best book on what you need to know about psychology and how to use it bring about productive organizational change."
The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving
The Logical Thinking Process: A Systems Approach to Complex Problem Solving
"The best book to understand Dr. Eli Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC) logical thinking process. Includes a software tool to help with the logical trees that the process needs."
Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos
Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos
"What you really need to know about understanding variation. Read and understand this before you consider six sigma."
Statistical Method from the Viewpoint of Quality Control (Dover Books on Mathematics)
Statistical Method from the Viewpoint of Quality Control (Dover Books on Mathematics)
"The best book in existance to understand variation and some of the deep thinking behind it, by the guy that taught W. Edwards Deming."
Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
"This is the one book you need to begin to understand what it behind what is currently called "Lean". By the man who invented it."
A Study of the Toyota Production System: From an Industrial Engineering Viewpoint (Produce What Is Needed, When It's Needed)
A Study of the Toyota Production System: From an Industrial Engineering Viewpoint (Produce What Is Needed, When It's Needed)
"Another view, by the guy who taught Ohno, on what matters most to improve any business process."
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"The original seven habits book: still very useful and important."
Breakthrough Thinking: The Seven Principles of Creative Problem Solving
Breakthrough Thinking: The Seven Principles of Creative Problem Solving
"My favorite book on how to implement large scale crative ideas."
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
"The best book on system dynamics. I think Deming may have missed out on this one. While surely included in his "Understanding of a system" part of Profound Knowledge, he didn't put enough emphasis on the dynamic part."
Six Thinking Hats Revised Edition
Six Thinking Hats Revised Edition
"You need this if you plan to lead teams to develop creative ideas. Add the TOC Prerequisite Tree (see Dettmer) to this, and you have a powerful machine. DeBono has authored about sixty fun books with wonderful thinking in them. You owe this to yourself."