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Focus your continuous improvement efforts on getting “the what” right before working on “the how”.

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Our brain is telling us something different about leadership.

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I get a lot of requests to review new books. I’m sitting on 5 books at this time. I try to read them in the order I receive them. I make exceptions for friends. I’m writing [...]

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Matthew May has another hit book. In Pursuit of Elegance, Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing challenges conventional wisdom of good design.

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Project Kaizen Reading

by Hal on April 30, 2009

in agile, books, innovation, kaizen, lean

Adopt the “no satisfaction” approach that has made Toyota far more successful that others. Read about kaizen.

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Big Thinking Day for Project Managers

by Hal on April 27, 2009

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Big Thinking Day for Project Managers

A week, or so, ago I wrote a quick review of Michael Port’s

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Every now and then along comes a surprise, something you wouldn’t say, but now that someone has said it, makes all the sense in the world. The Think Big Manifesto is one of those surprises. It’s a small book. Quick read. While it’s a timely message for today’s economic and political [...]

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Projects Are about What?

by Hal on March 24, 2009

in PM practice, PMI, agile, books, teams

The Project Shrink combats conventional wisdom in his new book.

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Contrarian Effect – Sales Book of 2008

by Hal on February 4, 2009

in books

Sales book of 2008

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Room to Read Needs Your Help

by Hal on February 3, 2009

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Help Room to Read build libraries and support girls’ education throughout the world.

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The tough worldwide economy requires attention to delivering high value to our clients. Read Clarke Ching’s “Rocks into Gold” to see what you can do to take care of your clients while keeping your company viable.

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We have more to learn from Toyota than there is time to do so

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Getting Lean at Amazon

by Hal on November 14, 2008

in books, lean

Lean solution at Amazon

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Myth of Multitasking

by Hal on November 2, 2008

in PM practice, books

Switchtasking…a new distinction of multitasking from Dave Crenshaw

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Make innovation an everyday event

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For the busiest of project managers take note on what might get you fired.

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The master of the Toyota Production System shares his secret to kaizen. Read Shingo’s new book, Kaizen and the Art of Creative Thinking.

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Get inspired. Give your career a boost. Live a more interesting life. Read Rules for Renegades.

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Learn to us the 12 actions mastered by 70 highly successful people.

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Face your demons. Embrace the dip. Choose mastery. Seth Godin encourages you to get serious.

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Vince Lombardi was wrong when he said, “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” Do I have your attention? That’s how Seth Godin opened his presentation this morning in Philadelphia. It’s the first stop on his book tour to promote The Dip. I’ve been asked many times, “Why does a project [...]

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Develop Your Staff the Toyota Way

by Hal on May 14, 2007

in books, lean

Jeffrey Liker has a new book on Toyota, Toyota Talent, Developing Your People the Toyota Way. I’ve got my copy. I’ll be reading it closely this week while traveling to SFO.

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Project management made simple…promise not to perform. Saying No is an act of responsibility to the PM and the project team. Lean how to say No positively from William Ury.

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Long term success of any firm depends on how well we do projects. Professional service firms — get some good advice.

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Innovation can seem like such a big idea…just out of the reach of every person on your team. Matthew May wrote a book and a ChangeThis manifesto of the same name where he shares another of “Toyota’s (lean) secrets.” Everyday innovation is not only available to every team, it is the skill and [...]

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