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Working Together: 12 Principles for Achieving Excellence in Managing Projects, Teams, and Organizations Paperback – 1 Jan 2002

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 Provides the keys to successful project management
 Provides numerous cases studies to illustrate points
 Discusses leadership principles
 Shows how to plan, execute, and maintain project success effectively even in today’s environment of rapid change and innovation
 Summarizes the keys with checklists after each chapter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Proven Principles for Building Successful Teams in Any Workplace

"Working Together reveals for the first time how visionary project manager Alan Mulally was able to mold Boeing's many disparate elements into a well-oiled team--one that delivered the revolutionary Boeing 777 both on time and on budget. Built upon Mulally's twelve guiding principles of project management, it provides managers with clear, easy-to-understand guidance for spearheading virtually any type of project, in any organization.

Written by bestselling project management author James P. Lewis, "Working Together takes into account both the human and technical sides of business as it tells organizational leaders how to develop: A clear, uncompromising mission, supported by nonconflicting performance goals Active, ongoing practices for transforming the culture of an organization Reward systems based on cooperation, not competition

The ability to successfully manage a project is one of today's most valuable and sought-after skills. "Working Together outlines how any executive can plan, execute, and sustain remarkable project success, achieving desired results while virtually eliminating destructive intrateam conflict.

The Boeing 777 development program is one of the past half-century's most stirring, successful examples of organizational teamwork, and Alan Mulally one of the most celebrated and accomplished project managers. Based on the principles followed by Boeing and Mulally in the 777 project, "Working Together provides hands-on details for successfully managing projects, teams, and organizations, and the techniques and strategies that executives and managers can implement to consistently achieve projectexcellence.

"Working together," Boeing's guiding philosophy, is more than just a program-of-the-month, or a catchy slogan. It represents an integrated set of twelve principles that a company can use to conduct itself, both internally with its employees as well as externally in relation to its customers, suppliers, and community. Each chapter in "Working Together works as both a self-contained lesson in leadership and a crucial piece in the development of organizational success, describing: Clear Performance Goals--How to develop goals that go beyond purely financial measures to encompass value drivers including customer and employee satisfaction, innovation, and quality One Plan--Methods to construct a coordinated, integrated master plan that is effectively communicated by management--with individual functional plans developed to coordinate with it The Value of Data--In-depth examination of the possibilities trapped inside data, and how solutions in a project are generally arrived at through facts rather than feelings

In today's technologically complex, logistically challenging global environment, lone wolves generally do not survive long. "Working Together outlines a unique, proven system for inspiring teamwork among factions and building a unified whole from distinct and self-contained pieces. For managers of all enterprises from ten employee enterprises to 10,000, the answers it provides are direct, refreshing, and proven effective in some of today's most grueling, competitive project environments.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading for Working Together Leadership in action (Ford and Boeing models) 22 Mar. 2015
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall an outstanding book for content although somewhat uneven for presentation.

First the good. This book written in the early 2000's outlines in concise detail a leadership strategy called "Working Together" that was employed very successful by Alan Mulally at both the Boeing Company and later Ford Motor Company. It first emerged during design and build the groundbreaking 777 airplane as a way to unite cross-functional teams that included all professional disciplines and both the customer and supplier. To see this in action, I highly recommend viewing the documentary series "21st Century Jet" (now online via YouTube) or reading the companion book available through Amazon. Mulally next put this strategy in place to help Boeing weather the monumental business down turn following 9/11.

After leaving Boeing in 2006 (after this book was written) Mulally went on to take a position as CEO of Ford. At Ford, he employed the exact same Working Together principles including his weekly Business Plan Review (BPR) developed at Boeing. This book describes the BPR as it was used at Boeing c2000 to keep tabs in one weekly 2.5 hour meeting on what was then a $50B business. At Ford, he quickly instated the same practices to unite and focus this world-wide enterprise, paving the way for one of the greatest turn-arounds in business history. For details of how this played out at Ford, I highly recommend "American Icon" by Bryce Hoffman. These two books really complement each other and allow the reader to understand how consistent a leader Mulally was during this 25 year span of his career.

As a mid-level leader at one of these two companies, I can attest first hand that when these principles and practices are followed our business has flourished and employee, supplier, and customer satisfaction has soared. When we've on occasion lost touch with them, the results have been just the opposite.

Finally, I'd be remiss without mentioning a few nits with this book. There appears to have been very little proof reading as many typos are present, including some very obvious like a list of five items, numbered 1,2,3,3,5. Then there are the illustrations. With all due respect to the artist, who also happens to be the authors wife, they mostly seem to have little to do with the text and several are just downright bizarre. My copy of this book was copyright 2002, republished in 2006. Why at book written after 9/11 would include a picture of the Twin Towers with peoples faces superimposed, aside the question "How would your Organization like to be?" is beyond me.

Complaints aside, it would be a major mistake not to overlook these minor flaws and invest yourself in reading and applying the lessons in Working Together. The philosophy and practical tools outlined here are simply way too unique, proven, and powerful to ignore.

P.S. Having read both books, one last very interesting connection (and warning) is worth noting. In this book, Mulally credits the leader of the Ford Taurus program in the 1980's for giving Boeing the first skeleton outline of Working Together. It helped them design a car that could go up against the Japanese and Europeans for value and quality. After running with it at Boeing for the next 15 years, Mulally brought it back to Ford, where these practices had most obviously been forgotten. He was even shocked to find they'd killed off the Taurus brand, the very birthplace of this philosophy. Mulally proceeded quickly to revive both Working Together and the Taurus. The clear lesson here is even when principles and practices are sound, new leaders who lose their bearing through unsound ideas can poison the well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Lewis' book "Working Together" IS WORTH THE TIME AND EXPENSE! It is an outstanding read and you will learn a lot! 10 Oct. 2014
By hunter1015 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love James Lewis' book, Working Together. It's about how Boeing under the leadership of Alan Mulally, probably the greatest CEO in the last 100 years took a program to build a new airplane from the ground up using 30,000 employees and brought them together as a team. Jim Lewis captures the true essence of Mulally's leadership style and about how to excel at working together. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving not only how you lead but how you work as a team in any situation, church, charity, business or family. There are outstanding principles outlined here that are worth the investment of time and money. You will learn more than you ever imagined. It is well thought out and well written. I couldn't put it down.

Bill van Steenis, author of "The ReExamined Life" and "IN DEMAND: HOW TO GET HIRED, DEVELOP A CAREER AND ALWAYS BE SUCCESSFUL".
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this book simply because its concise 28 April 2012
By b1y - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Working together as a team to achieve success is of utmost importance in today's competitive marketplace. This is where vision, sticking to solving the issue/problem, and working together to achieve success is relevant. The most important thing is teamwork, and standing behind all of your weakest links and helping them step up to the plate to make the home run or score against an opponent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, Easy to Apply 26 Feb. 2002
By Albert P Krumm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is based on the Boeing project. James Lewis takes principles he learned from the team at Boeing and explains them to this new book. He has a writing style that is very easy to follow and understand. His principles are backed with good examples. This is a book for all business and team leaders to read and add to your library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good statement of the basics 24 Feb. 2003
By Bill Godfrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A relatively short and well set-out reminder of the key principles for ensuring that groups of people work together effectively as a system to produce excellent results. Each principle is supported with relevant examples and the key points are drawn out clearly.
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