- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Beard Books (1 Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158798279X
- ISBN-13: 978-1587982798
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,225,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Working Together: 12 Principles for Achieving Excellence in Managing Projects, Teams, and Organizations Paperback – 1 Jan 2002
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From the Publisher
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 todays 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.
From the Back Cover
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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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.
Bill van Steenis, author of "The ReExamined Life" and "IN DEMAND: HOW TO GET HIRED, DEVELOP A CAREER AND ALWAYS BE SUCCESSFUL".