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Strategize – Create a winning game plan for your digital products with Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age.

Using a wide range of proven techniques and tools, author Roman Pichler explains how to create effective strategies and actionable roadmaps to help you maximize your chances of creating successful products.

Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions – This charming story about a penguin colony in Antarctica illustrates key truths about how deal with the issue of change: handle the challenge well and you can prosper greatly; handle it poorly and you put yourself at risk. The penguins are living happily on their iceberg as they have done for many years. Then one curious penguin discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home – and pretty much no one listens to him. The characters in this fable are like people we recognise, even ourselves. Their story is one of resistance to change and heroic action, confusion and insight, seemingly intractable obstacles and the most clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. It is a story that is occuring in different forms around us today – but the penguins handle change a great deal better than most of us.

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business – There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best–selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are.

Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love – In Agile Product Management with Scrum, leading Scrum consultant Roman Pichler uses real-world examples to demonstrate how product owners can create successful products with Scrum. He describes a broad range of agile product management practices, including making agile product discovery work, taking advantage of emergent requirements, creating the minimal marketable product, leveraging early customer feedback, and working closely with the development team.

Turn the ship around – Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe,a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet.

One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things.

 

The misfit economy  – Who are the greatest innovators in the world? You’re probably thinking Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. The usual suspects. This book isn’t about them.

It’s about people you’ve never heard of. It’s about people who are just as innovative, entrepreneurial, and visionary as the Jobses, Edisons, and Fords of the world, except they’re not in Silicon Valley. They’re in the crowded streets of Shenzhen, the prisons of Somalia, the flooded coastal towns of Thailand. They are pirates, computer hackers, pranksters, and former gang leaders. Across the globe, diverse innovators operating in the black, grey, and informal economies are developing solutions to a myriad of challenges.

 

The fifth discipline  – The Fifth Discipline is a remarkable book that draws on science, spiritual values, psychology, the cutting edge of management thought and Senge’s work with leading companies which employ Fifth Discipline methods. Reading it provides a searching personal experience and a dramatic professional shift of mind.

 

The Coach’s casebook – Our strengths can become our weaknesses. Our traits and habitual behaviours can become traps. In each chapter of The Coach’s Casebook the reader follows a skilled coach working with a client who is struggling with one of the twelve traits which every coach will face in their coaching work – traits such as people pleasing, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, performance anxiety and procrastination. The coach shares their emotions, their thought processes and their reflections as they try to understand the psychological origins of these behaviours and to work out how to help their client.

 

Leadership and self deception  – You might think you are a people person. But do you really treat others well? And how can you improve your dealings with those around you?

Be prepared to have your world turned upside down and open your eyes to a whole new way of living and working.

Through a series of entertaining stories, this astonishing book will show you how most of us are not fulfilling our potential – in our personal lives and at work – because of ‘self-deception’.

 

Start with why – Why are some people and organisations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again?

In business, it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it.

Start with Why analyses leaders like Martin Luther King Jr and Steve Jobs and discovers that they all think in the same way – they all started with why.

Switch: How to change things when change is hard – We all know that change is hard. It’s unsettling, it’s time-consuming, and all too often we give up at the first sign of a setback.

But why do we insist on seeing the obstacles rather than the goal? This is the question that bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful new book. They argue that we need only understand how our minds function in order to unlock shortcuts to switches in behaviour. Illustrating their ideas with scientific studies and remarkable real-life turnarounds – from the secrets of successful marriage counselling to the pile of gloves that transformed one company’s finances – the brothers Heath prove that deceptively simple methods can yield truly extraordinary results.

The lean startup – The Movement that is transforming how new products are built and launched.

This is Lean: Resolving the Efficiency Paradox – Lean is the most widespread management philosophy of our time and is currently present in every industry, yet the concept is still vaguely defined and widely misunderstood. By using clear, concise language and insightful examples, the book has brought greater clarification to the essence of lean and revolutionized top-executives and employees understanding of what lean actually is.

PRINCE2 pocketbook – A short and concise introduction to Prince2 fundamentals.

Value Stream Mapping – Value stream mapping–an essential but underused methodology–is a proven approach to help you visualize and resolve disconnects, redundancies, and gaps in your value delivery system. More than merely a tool to eliminate operational waste, value stream mapping is a highly effective means to transform leadership thinking, define strategy and priorities, and create customer-centric work flow.

The machine that changed the world – Today, the power of lean production has been conclusively proved by Toyota’s unparalleled success, and the concepts have been widely applied in many industries. Based on MIT’s pioneering global study of industrial competition, THE MACHINE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD offers a ground breaking analysis of the entire lean business.

 The Spirit of Kaizen – Today’s businesses love the idea of revolutionary, immediate change. But major “disruptive” efforts often fail because radical change sets off alarms in our brains and shuts down our power to think clearly and creatively.  There is, however, a more effective path to change. Change that is lasting and powerful. Change that begins with one small step . .

 

Strategy Maps: Converting Intangible Assets into Tangible Outcomes – Strategy Maps introduces a new tool that has evolved from Robert Kaplan and David Norton’s ongoing research with hundreds of Balanced Scorecard adopters across the globe, and its premise is simple: if you can visually map your strategy, the people within your organization will better understand it and therefore be better able to execute it effectively.

 

 

Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization – Are you getting a true picture of your company’s performance? This explosive issue and its implications are fully explored in ‘Real Numbers’. The authors, each a chief financial executive, describe how management accounting evolved to this point and how simplicity and clarity can be restored — particularly in a lean organisation. The management accounting model illustrated in ‘Real Numbers’ points the way to unlocking the true profit potential of lean.

 

James Hunters Servant Leadership training course 

 

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable – Why are we so often unwilling to accept that life is unpredictable? In this brilliant book Nassim Nicholas Taleb distils his idiosyncratic wisdom to demolish our illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance and erudition against modern philistinism and phoniness. Only by accepting what we don’t know, he shows, can we see the world as it really is.

Waltzing with bears – Greater risk brings greater reward, especially in software development. A company that runs away from risk will soon find itself lagging behind its more adventurous competition. By ignoring the threat of negative outcomes—in the name of positive thinking or a can-do attitude—software managers drive their organizations into the ground.

Directing the Agile Organisation: A Lean Approach to Business Management – Using a combination of first-hand research and in-depth case studies, Directing the Agile Organisation offers a fresh approach to business management, applying Agile processes pioneered in the IT and manufacturing industries. Agile Business Management is divided into four domains, which each require change to the way your business operates

 Leading change – In Leading Change, John Kotter examines the efforts of more than 100 companies to remake themselves into better competitors. He identifies the most common mistakes leaders and managers make in attempting to create change and offers an eight-step process to overcome the obstacles and carry out the firm’s agenda: establishing a greater sense of urgency, creating the guiding coalition, developing a vision and strategy, communicating the change vision, empowering others to act, creating short-term wins, consolidating gains and producing even more change, and institutionalizing new approaches in the future. This highly personal book reveals what John Kotter has seen, heard, experienced, and concluded in 25 years of working with companies to create lasting transformation.

The Happiness Advantage – The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work – Most people want to be successful in life. And of course, everyone wants to be happy. When it comes to the pursuit of success and happiness, most people assume the same formula: if you work hard, you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. The only problem is that a decade of cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology has proven that this formula is backwards. Success does not beget happiness.

The Essential Deming: Leadership Principles from the Father of Quality – The name W. Edwards Deming is synonymous with the most insightful views, ideas, and commentary on management and quality control. Referred to as “the high prophet of quality” by the New York Times, Deming was instrumental in the spectacular rise of Japanese industry after World War II and influenced many of the world’s most innovative managers in the ensuing decades. His original ideas led directly to the creation of relationships with suppliers and a plethora of quality initiatives.

 Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional) – The rules and practices for Scrum—a simple process for managing complex projects—are few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itself—its lack of prescription—can be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results. In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessons—the successes and failures—culled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management. Through them, you’ll understand how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and drive better results—delivering more valuable software faster.

Scrum shortcuts without cutting corners – The widespread adoption and success of Scrum can be attributed in large part to its perceived intuitiveness and simplicity. But when new Scrum practitioners attempt to apply Scrum theory and high-level approaches in actual projects, they often find it surprisingly difficult. In Scrum Shortcuts without Cutting Corners, Scrum expert Ilan Goldstein helps you translate the Scrum framework into reality to meet the Scrum challenges your formal training never warned you about.

Agile coaching – Discover how to coach your team to become more Agile. Agile Coaching de-mystifies agile practices–it’s a practical guide to creating strong agile teams. Packed with useful tips from practicing agile coaches Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley, this book gives you coaching tools that you can apply whether you are a project manager, a technical lead, or working in a software team.

To lead change, you need to expand your toolkit, and this book gives you the tools you need to make the transition from agile practitioner to agile coach.

The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook – The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook is today’s most complete and results-based reference to the tools and concepts needed to understand, implement, and leverage Lean Six Sigma. The only guide that groups tools by purpose and use

 

Freakonomics – This is the message at the heart of Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner’s rule-breaking, iconoclastic book about crack dealers, cheating teachers and bizarre baby names that turned everyone’s view of the world upside-down and became an international multi-million-copy-selling phenomenon.

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