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Book Review: Management By Process
Ever wonder what it was like working and managing at a leading edge high tech firms during the rise of the Silicon Valley in the 80s and 90s? Ever wonder what’s changed and why? If you are interested in the history of Silicon Valley, and the management theories and philosophies (both good and bad) that sprang from the very heart and soul of the information technology revolution, then you will like Managing By Process: A Silicon Valley Retrospective. It provides some very interesting insights written in an unusually stealthy essay by an insider, Scott Adams with over 30 years of business management experience at not one but two of the top Fortune 100 companies in Silicon Valley. Its instructive, informative and also pointedly sarcastic and critical of the management style that sprang from Silicon Valley during the past two decades. If you are a new manager or even a seasoned manager — whether you work for a large company or a small one — we recommend you take a look There is a free sample link here for Kindle readers and also at the bottom of the review article.
Reprinted with permission from BlogCritics:
Article first published as Book Review: Managing by Process: A Silicon Valley Retrospective by Scott Adams on Blogcritics.
Managing by Process: A Silicon Valley Retrospective, written by Scott Adams, a senior manager at two top Fortune 100 companies located in the hot-bed of the 1990s Silicon Valley technology explosion, provides an interesting and sometimes humorous retrospective on the changes in culture that took place in the heart of Silicon Valley over the past three decades. With over 30 years of experience managing in this once unique culture, Mr. Adams successfully traces back the evolution of the once employee-centric business culture which dominated the Silicon Valley corporate environment into a culture that now remains only in a handful of firms in the surrounding Bay Area. Why the change? Adams takes you on both an informative and entertaining journey to answer this very question… and provide some insight and lessons for managers seeking to change culture within their organizations today.
The reader is transported back 30 years to a healthier time where a set of five key employee-centric business process principles reigned supreme. These were the hallmark principles at several leading edge Silicon Valley firms during the dawn of the digital information revolution. The author traces the changes and factors which led up to the erosion of these very same principles over the course of the last two decades. Adams offers both seasoned and novice managers alike several worthwhile insights on the value of learning from the mistakes of the past in order to lay a solid foundation for the future.
Managing by Process is cleverly written and interlaced with a number of true stories and humorous anecdotes which illustrate the pros and cons of the paradoxical management theories and fads spawned in Silicon Valley during past several decades: MBO (Management by Objective), Team and Individual “Self Appraisals,” complex performance evaluations, ISO 9000 hysteria, Hoshin and other overly convoluted planning practices. The rise of outsourcing, “leadership training,” Six Sigma, TQM and the questionable liberal use of new age MBA consultants who at times redirected the course of major multinational organizations based solely on “theory” with little or no real world business management experience are just a few phenomena examined!
Original Article Located Here: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-managing-by-process-a/#ixzz1YXoojmQY
It’s also been know to make flowers sprout out of your hat band… - ed
— [Hat Tip: meggit33]
Obama chill’n after hoops
(WASHINGTON) — With the debate over AIG executive bonuses nearly bringing official Washington to a standstill in the past three weeks, the Obama administration today expanded its plan to control Wall Street executive pay, adding provisions to limit compensation for star performers in the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB).
“Some of these sports stars, like AIG execs, have negotiated sweetheart deals paying them millions of dollars, and yet they lose games,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. “The president shares the outrage of the American people at these obscene salaries and bonuses. There’s nothing that makes the little people feel littler than the thought of these fat cats getting fatter just because that have specialized skills that are in high demand in a free-market economy.”
Indeed, the White House released a recent poll showing that 75 percent of Americans answered ‘Yes’ to the following question: “Do you believe President Obama should personally limit the compensation of anyone who earns a lot more than you do?”
“How hard can it be to show up on Sunday and toss a few passes?” said Mr. Gibbs. “The fact that some people earn a lot more money than others just demonstrates the savage inequalities inherent in a capitalist system, and explains why the president has taken deliberate action to end it.”
(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC News’ George Stephanapolous Sunday that the Democrat’s economic stimulus bill, containing hundreds of millions of dollars for “family planning” services for the poor, will make real cuts in the number of low-income people, thereby saving taxpayer dollars, and increasing average income for everyone.
“Poor people are a luxury we just can’t afford,’ said Rep. Pelosi, “They cost us a lot of money to maintain; what with food stamps, housing and health care. So if we can rapidly reduce the number of poor people through contraception and abortion, that’s a net gain for federal and state budgets, and a fast track to economic recovery. Every poor baby prevented is like money in the bank.”
Iowahawk scoops the main stream media by uncovering that at least one member of the U.S. Senate has been possessed by and intergalactic alien. An excerpt of the commentary by Waxulon-6, Lord High Admiral of the Kremulakian Earth Invading force has now been made public.
Henry Waxman (D-CA) allegedly possessed by Kremulakian Overloard (hattip: Wizbang)
Mark your time! Behold the current heat readings of your atmosphere, which have now reached less than negative 40 in your Earth-degrees. Phase I of the Kremulakian conquest of your filthy pitiful orb is complete!
Foolish Hu-Mans, did you not suspect? It is now far too late for resistance. The planetary reign of the invincible Ice Beings of Kremulak can not be stopped, and thus I can now reveal all. And taunt your Earth-foolishness with delicious impunity! Ha ha ha!
When our scientist first discovered your planet 6.3 Kremulakian moon-orbits ago, I argued before the High Admiralty that it would be a suitable world for conquest and colonization. The Inner Council accused me of madness! They said we Kremulaks could never survive in your stupid planet’s hostile hot temperatures. Continue reading
Scott Ott of Scrappleface sticks it to the L.A. Times in this sarcastic piece of satirical reporting as reports of the Times hiding a piece of 2003 footage highlighting Obama’s support of the Arafat regime. Israel be afraid, be very afraid…
(FLORIDA) — John McCain today withdrew his demand that the Los Angeles Times release video footage taken in 2003 of then-state Sen. Barack Obama praising controversial Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi, and he instead thanked the paper for its courage.
“I changed my mind, and I want to thank you,” said Sen. McCain in a letter to editors at the Times. “You folks go ahead, stick with your bold decision to keep that video secret. After all, what’s a free press for, if not to withhold news that people don’t really need, or that might cause discomfort just a few days before an election?”
“My friends, if you journalists want to keep folks guessing about what you’re hiding and why,” he wrote, “that’s your right. If you want people to wonder if your decision is driven by your commitment to protect your anonymous source (whoever that may be) or by your recent endorsement of Sen. Obama for president, you have that freedom.”
During a political rally today, the Republican presidential candidate encouraged undecided voters, “not to make too much of this top-secret video, in which Sen. Obama allegedly toasts his ‘friend and frequent dinner companion’ Rashid Khalidi, the former director of the Palestinian press agency during the Yassir Arafat era.’”
“After all,” Sen. McCain added, “it’s been 30 years since the Coastal Road massacre when Palestinian soldiers hijacked a bus, slaughtering 37 Israeli civilians and wounding 71. Rashid Khalidi was merely director of the Palestinian press agency at that time, kind of like a journalist. He didn’t actually fire any of those weapons that day.”
Sen. McCain also came to the defense of his opponent, noting that Sen. Obama was only 17 years old when the massacre took place, and that Rashid Khalidi is “just a guy in Sen. Obama’s neighborhood, like Bill Ayers, who is now a respected scholar.” — as reported by satirist Scott Ott / ScrappleFace
“During a political rally today, the Republican presidential candidate encouraged undecided voters, “not to make too much of this top-secret video, in which Sen. Obama allegedly toasts his ‘friend and frequent dinner companion’ Rashid Khalidi, the former director of the Palestinian press agency during the Yassir Arafat era.” “
Most of the Obamanista lemmings have been so brainwashed by his campaign and his silver tongued rhetoric that he could be in league with Bin Laden himself and they would still vote for him before voting for a Republican. That’s how deeply they have drunk from and emptied the Obama “Kool-aid” punch bowl.