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Consultant's Bookshelf

Mr. T. Pickering "tom_pickering"
 
The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization: First edition (Century business)
The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization: First edition (Century business)
"An absolute how to for getting a systems level understanding of how a company works. If you have only one book this is the one."
Making Strategy: The Journey of Strategic Management
Making Strategy: The Journey of Strategic Management
"Very practical handbook for how to do legwork. A lot of books will tell you what the theories are. Very few give you a cookbook for how to do them in practice."
Scenarios: Art of Strategic Conversation
Scenarios: Art of Strategic Conversation
"Another practical work. Shows you the benefits of using Scenario Planning to get a better understanding of possible futures, then tells you step by step how to do it."
Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design
Exploring Requirements: Quality Before Design
"Looks at how to bottom out the requirements for any project. Not limited to software development this will help you with any project where you have to deliver a product."
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
"Deserves its reputation as a management classic. Reflections on how processes interact as well as an invitation to ponder why you come to work every day."
Critical Chain: A Business Novel
Critical Chain: A Business Novel
"Gives you a new way to think about project scheduling. Not revolutionary but some very good ideas here."
The One Minute Manager - Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own Prosperity
The One Minute Manager - Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own Prosperity
"Another classic. Contains one big idea (how to communicate effectively in a business setting)  - which it sets out well and explains throughly. Well worth the money for this alone."
UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (Object Technology Series)
UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (Object Technology Series)
"Sooner or later you will end up interacting with IT. This book brings you up to date with the latest in modelling and IT management techniques in a short pithy book that's a pleasure to read."
Treasure Island (Penguin Popular Classics)
Treasure Island (Penguin Popular Classics)
"You cant read management books all the time. Get a life. Great sea story and Israel Hands is a textbook study in Anomic Disaffection if ever there was one."