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Running High: The First Continuous Traverse of the 303 Mountains of Britain and Ireland
Running High: The First Continuous Traverse of the 303 Mountains of Britain and Ireland
by Chris Bonington
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Sept. 2014
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Wow. And didn't his wife do well too!!


Jewels in the Crown: How Tata of India transformed Britain's Jaguar and Land Rover
Jewels in the Crown: How Tata of India transformed Britain's Jaguar and Land Rover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 12 Sept. 2014
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Its fine


Made to Serve: How manufacturers can compete through servitization and product service systems
Made to Serve: How manufacturers can compete through servitization and product service systems
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of past and current research and thinking on Servitization, 3 Jun. 2014
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The authors have documented a broad piece of desk and field research on the theme of servitization and especially the provision of advanced services from existing manufacturing businesses. They try to formulate broad principles and explain where servitization may gain traction and be a successful strategy from both "manufacturer" and "customer" viewpoints.

Essential reading for any companies or Executives looking to explore this option for their business.


The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive cross-over learnings between Medicine, Flying and other fields, 14 Oct. 2013
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As an avowed believer in checklists, this book raised my understanding of what the good design of them looks like and the measurable impact that they can have in key situations. It also tackles some of my concerns about them such as the perception that it hinders creativity (it shouldn't), and the dangers of getting the level of detail wrong (OCD tendencies and lack of user involvement can be dangerous here). The importance of testing, review and modification of a new checklist along with tailoring to local situations was also highlighted by comparing common Surgery checklists in "1st" v "3rd" world Operating Theatres.


Scarcity: Why having too little means so much
Scarcity: Why having too little means so much
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarcity and Bandwidth Tax, 14 Oct. 2013
An excellent and thought provoking book, founded in the effect that scarcity has on how we behave and even our intelligence and ability to cope, The "tax on Bandwidth" conclusion, drawn from the research and evidence in the book supports my own observations, both personally and of clients. The strategies proposed in the book, and tested in some environments to overcome the impact of Scarcity and the tax are intuitively satisfying and a challenge to all of us to apply correctly rather than label behaviours as poor and dismiss them.


Adaptability: The Art of Winning In An Age of Uncertainty
Adaptability: The Art of Winning In An Age of Uncertainty
by Max McKeown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Examples lead us through the principles of Adaptability, 8 May 2012
This is a very useful extension of the thinking on Adaptation in a variety of fields. The Author's search for and explanation of examples of adaptability, or the lack of it includes many interesting studies. Sometimes the number of them allows the reader to lose the focus of a chapter but this redeemed by their relevance.

The book tries to encapsulate the principles of adaptability and succeeds in this, while the Chapter based Rules break this down into example led chunks.


Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure
Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure
by Tim Harford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a More book, not Less, 4 April 2012
The author, Tim Harford, works at the Financial Times and presents the excellent Radio 4 program More or Less (Statistics and numbers in the Public Eye, wrestled to the ground). Adapt is a well researched and readable book that explores the concept of the need for failure in order to thrive on a Market, Corporate and Personal level. He brings together some solid thinking on what we need to do to bring that concept into successful practice.

Many books in the "business" or "personal achievement" shelves will use a simple but eye-catching phrase as the basis of their Life Elixir, and then dredge up plenty of repetitive anecdotal evidence to support it. Not Adapt. In this book, Tim stays "loyal to his readers", by using rigorous studies and trials reported in the public domain to support the work.

I am a consultant, and consultants have a small reference in the work. After 30 years working in Industry, I find that pragmatic advice, and a good appreciation of "you've got to be in it to win", i.e. survive and you get a chance to be successful, falter and you have no chance, is much more completely explored by Tim in this book.

I recommend this book from the shelf.


The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development
The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development
by Donald G. Reinertsen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Flowing Product Development, 10 Jun. 2011
This book is a an excellent review of principles involved in the development of products. While a little more on some tools to effectively construct the Economic Framework might be worthwhile, this is of minor concern. The Book provides ample justification and ideas on why smaller batch sizes, a focus on queue length and use of techniques such as cadence are much better ways of tackling NPD management that Resource utilization.

As I reflect on the text, I am clear that efforts that I have made to improve Global NPD has drawn on some of the principles listed here. It is good to see a clearly thought through analysis of the problem from somewhere near first principles to back up field experience.

I would recommend this book.


Best Practices in Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement
Best Practices in Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement
by Richard J. Schonberger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2008 Title pulls together some key conclusions, 25 Mar. 2008
This book published in 2008, draws heavily on Richard Schonberger's excellent and growing database of Companies' Lean practices. The book uses the data to draw messages and conclusions on the adoption, and retention of Lean practice. While weighted in this data, the author manages to make a balanced and incisive discussion without overwhelming the reader. I recommend this to any involved in the development or pursuit of Operational and Manufacturing excellence.


Getting Started in Consulting
Getting Started in Consulting
by Alan Weiss
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been there, done it....valued the book, 7 Sept. 2005
I have been running a consulting business for 4 years now, and amoungst the many books I read on start up and since this has been the most useful and supportive. Having got it out from the library (preserving funds at the early stage), I then bought the latest edition of the book, have given it as a present to a freind who was starting up and used it on and off for the last 4 years.
I would recommend this as your first port of call if starting up.


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