Just What I needed!,
This review is from: Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used (Hardcover)
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Books in thsi category are usually boring with long boring phylosophical quotations so I was really surprised when this turned out to be EXTREMELY interesting. It has some humour that just grips you as a reader and once you pick up, it's hard to put it down! One more plus is that it's hard cover and will last 'a lifetime'. Have you ever read a book where you keep saying "Ooh ya, so that's it!", "Huu, this is exactly what i was experiencing on that Project" or "so that's how it is done!". Some things, it's like you know them, the book just helps you discover what you already know.
I have read a couple of books on consultancy and this is way the best of them all! I got it at a time when I had problems with a client who just would not talk. It appeared the client was interested in the Project but many stakeholders we not just supporting me and demonstrated low motivation. I found an exact scenario in this book and the solution. This is a brilliant text with real world solutions.
I wish I had read this book a year or so ago because then I would have saved both time and my sanity. Somehow I had a tendency of just proceeding with a project since a client says they want it without analysing it's chance of suceeding. I read a chapter that explains how you can tell whether or not a project has a good chance of succeeding based on the client's input into the project. You might say some things are straightforward but for some of us who work with computers, common business knowledge is not really common so a book like this can go along way as a guide. I am not and will not advise that you just read and implement the solutions in a cut -and- paste manner, I take it as a guide.
There is just so much in the book that just after reading a few chapters, I no longer need to google as much as I did regarding contracting issues. I am sure future negotiations will be more professional and less painful. I plan to get more copies for pepole I work with so that we form a team that is knowledgeable.
I love this book!!!