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41. Supply Chain Management, Second Edition
by Sunil Chopra, Peter Meindl
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Asin: 013101028X
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 33206
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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For advanced undergraduate and MBA courses in Supply Chain Management. This book brings together the strategic role of the supply chain, key strategic drivers of supply chain performance, and the tools and techniques for supply chain analysis. Every chapter gives suggestions that managers can use in practice and all methodologies are illustrated with an application in Excel.Fully updated material keeps the book on the forefront of supply chain management.Distribution networks (Chapter 4); Sourcing (Chapter 13), discusses different sourcing activities including supplier assessment, supplier contracts, design collaboration, and procurement; Price and revenue management (Chapter 15); Early coverage of designing the supply chain network—after developing a strategic framework, readers can discuss supply chain network design in Chapters 5 and 6 and then move on to demand, supply, inventory, and transportation planning; Information Technology in the Supply Chain (Chapter 17).For business professionals managing the supply chain. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good reference material for practitioners
I found this book to be a great source of reference for managers. It is not really a good teaching source, as I thought it already starts with a fair amount of assumed previous knowledge and jargon.

The sections that are most well developed are the ones on inventory management and transportation logistics, where I found examples that were directly applicable to situations I encountered in a retail environment. The portion on forecasting was not as useful, and the part on e-business seemed somewhat contrived. Overall, this is the best reference I have found that does not require a heavy amount of mathematical familiarity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book overall but...
I refered and used this book in 2 grad level courses. The first was a business school course on SCM (with an above average quantitative focus for a B-school course) and again for a fully quatitative SC Engineering course. While I was initially very impressed with the book, using this over 2 semesters has raised a few gripes.

For the qualitative issues on SCM {make no mistake, these 'fluff' aspects are very important} there is no other equal. Chopra and Meindl do an outstanding and comprehensive job. They also bring out the importance of using scientific, quantitative techniques for SCM. This however is where my gripes start.

Having brought out the importance of quantitative tools for use in SCM, they do only a moderate job on explaining these tools. For example, the chapter on forecasting (only the most simple and commonly used models are explained) is unnnecessarily complex and confusing. The topics covered are adequete but need revision. Treatment of inventory management also could be more detailed and better explained.

This is an excellent book but for more comprehensive learning (if you want an understanding of the quantitative aspects too), I think this book needs supplementing (say with course notes) or another book like "Modeling the Supply Chain" by Shapiro.

5-0 out of 5 stars Peter Meindl - The Godfather of modern supply chain mgt
Written by one of the leading minds in the field, Peter Meindl of I2 technologies has a lot to teach. This is an excellent text and as a fellow Dallas/Ft. Worth resident, I would enjoy meeting him. If you are an MBA student with a concentration in Operations Management, this text should be required.

Meindl, a management team member of I2, has helped develop I2 into the undisputed champion in enterprise software. While SAP may have the market share with their archaic DOS based application, I2 has windows functionality and everything that matters. They have raised the bar with their supply chain knowledge, leading solutions, and collaborative knowledge in supply chain strategy. This text will give you a big step forward in becoming a Supply Chain leader.

Although this book is written more for MBA students, the flow and texture of this book should be well-received by those who are not at post-graduate level. For practising managers, like me, I find a great deal of my knowledge gap is filled when reading this book. As the first reviewer mentioned, this book complements a rudimentary text and a more detailed one available in the market, perhaps I may add that it also compliments well with a latest supply chain textbook "Modeling The Supply Chain" which also pairs well with Chopra and Meindl's book because the former offers quite a good spectrum of case studies that supports the text. Some of the numerical exercises seem to come from live cases, too, which led me to appreciate that exercises built in this text are not neccessarily academic ones. I strongly recommend this to international practitioners and students alike since the cases that flow along with the textbook are of international genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tactical approach for Supply Chain
While Handfield and Nichols book may be over-introductory, the better analytical book must be "Designing and Managing the Supply Chain" by Simchi-Levi (1999). Some researchers want more mathematics might jump to "Logic of Logistics" by Simchi-Levi directly. To fill the gap of those 3 books (Handfield vs. Simchi-Levi (SCM) vs. Simchi-Levi (Logic of Logistics), Chopra and Meindl compile almost every issues in Supply Chain Management (SCM) that you can find in publications in this single book. This book is the best compromise between tactics and strategics. Cases and analysis are presented with respect to the topic of each chapter. Only high school mathematics are more than enough to understand the analytical tools they proposed. Readers may opt for this book either the first book in SCM or supplementary book for your further research/study. Chopra and Medindl book is a good support to your "Design and Managing SCM" by Simchi-Levi and I think it can be substituted if you need only one book. Good for both practitioners and educators. ... Read more

42. Engineering Economy
by William G. Sullivan, Elin M. Wicks, James Luxhoj
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars A practical guide for the manager
I first used this book as a student-I found it useful then, today I insist that all managers reporting to me review, and use, the concepts and techniques provided by the authors.

The book is useful, in that concepts are well explained, the examples are relevant, but most important for me is that it provides managers who have little or no experience in determining project costs with a handy means (including formulae and worked examples) of doing so.

I have tried to get copies of the most recent edition, the popularity seems to be such that the book is sold out. I most readily recommend this to anyone who needs to justify capital expenditure, who needs to do project costing, and who has to prepare proposals for submission to the boss (or the board of directors)in order to obtain funds for capital expansion, refurbishment or simply equipment upgrades. ... Read more

43. Introduction to Materials Management (5th Edition)
by J.R. Tony Arnold, Stephen N. Chapman
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Asin: 0131128744
Catlog: Book (2003-07-29)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 31003
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Written in a simple and user-friendly style, this book covers all the basics of supply chain management and production and inventory control. It is the only book listed in the APICS-The Educational Society for Resource Management CPIM Exam Content Manual as the text reference for the Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM) CPIM certification examination. 15 separate chapters discuss an introduction to materials management, production planning system, master scheduling, material requirements planning, capacity management, production activity control, purchasing, forecasting, inventory fundamentals, order quantities, independent demand ordering systems, physical inventory and warehouse management, physical distribution, products and processes, just-in-time manufacturing, and total quality management. For business personnel whose job functions include materials management, and production and inventory control.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book to start learing materials Managements
I read the 4th Edition , it is very good

5-0 out of 5 stars a concise introduction to materials management
I think this is the right book to start studying materials management.Each chapter, written in an easy to read manner, offers a great deal of systematically classified information on every aspect of production planning and control. I suggest reading the book with the accompanying case book, which also covers lots of useful material though with some typographical errors.
If chapters were outlined in more detail with subsections it would help facilitate a clearer understanding and enable following up points of reference more easily.
I and my students found it both useful and enjoyable in class.

3-0 out of 5 stars This is the best book for the CPIM Exam, but ...
there are better books on Manufacturing. The third edition was written to make the book agree with APICS terminology, and the fourth edition is not a major rewrite. If you are buying this book to study for the CPIM Exam, save yourself some money and buy the third edition used.

My problem with this book can best be shown with an example. On page 61 (3d ed.) "The master production schedule is a plan for the production of individual end items." Later (p.79) "Planning bills are an artificial grouping of components for planning purposes." "They are used to simplify forecasting, master production scheduling, and material requirements planning. They do not represent buldable products, but an average product."

So which is it, does the MPS contain only hard orders to be filled, or hard orders AND planning bills, or should we also add forecasts of families of products. I believe that an MPS that contained ONLY hard orders would be useless.

For a book that I wouldn't be without, see: "Manufacturing for Survival" by Blair Williams." It doesn't use APICS terminology, but it does have more useful information.

3-0 out of 5 stars The best book for the first CPIM Exam, but ...
there are better books on Manufacturing. The third edition was written to make the book agree with APICS terminology, and the fourth edition is not a major rewrite. If you are buying this book to study for the CPIM Exam, save yourself some money and buy the third edition used.

My problem with this book can best be shown with an example. On page 61 (3d ed.) "The master production schedule is a plan for the production of individual end items." Later (p.79) "Planning bills are an artificial grouping of components for planning purposes." "They are used to simplify forecasting, master production scheduling, and material requirements planning. They do not represent buldable products, but an average product."

So which is it, does the MPS contain only hard orders to be filled, or hard orders AND planning bills, or should we also add forecasts of families of products. I believe that an MPS that contained ONLY hard orders would be useless.

For a book that I wouldn't be without, see: "Manufacturing for Survival" by Blair Williams." It doesn't use APICS terminology, but it does have more useful information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Read - Tons of Information
Of all the supply chain type books I own, this is by far the easiest to understand. I will read the chapters to gain the understanding then move to another text if I felt I wanted a deeper level.

This book is perfect as a reference for APICs certification. ... Read more

44. The 5S Pocket Guide
by Jim Peterson, Roland, Ph.D. Smith, Roland Smith
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Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
Publisher: Quality Resources.
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A 5S initiative offers a cost-effective approach to enhancing safety, quality, and the work environment. It provides clear and measurable bottom-line results. This system can be especially useful in companies with ISO and QS-9000 initiatives.

Authors Peterson and Smith present a pocket-sized illustration of implementation methods and the benefits of implementation. Great for awareness training, The 5S Pocket Guide can start your company on the road to a safer, cleaner, more productive workplace. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I was expecting a memory jogger, but this was a fast paced marathon! Instead of being a few, quick, easy to read points, the pocket guide read more like a book. The formating was difficult to follow and the font was difficult to see. ... Read more

45. Occupational Safety and Health for Technologists, Engineers, and Managers (5th Edition)
by David L. Goetsch
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-06)
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A tremendous book
The above reviewer will obviously have occupational health issues, because smoking weed while writing reviews will cause one to be disoriented, lose their balance, and possibly fall off a 100 story construction site beam.

This is an amazing book. While covering all of the topics in depth, this book is also easy to read, presenting the material in a fashion that allows the reader to recieve a complete understanding of the topic. This too was an assigned book for my class, and I'll be lucky if I get to take a Goetsch class again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written
This is one of the most poorly written textbooks I've read. The author, who is apparently a Phd, writes with the style of a 7th or 8th grader; he uses poor grammar, is painfully repetitive, uses jargon from differing areas of specialty (such as medical terms that require a medical dictionary to understand), leaves out information that should be there (based on the topics covered in my construction safety class), includes irrelevant information, and is flat out wrong about some topics (UL and ASTM would be interested to know "any relationship between a fire rating and the reality of fire resistance may be little more than coincidental".) This is especially frustrating considering this is the fourth edition. There is some evidence that the author has substantial knowledge about the topic. However, he is out of date in some areas and, in general, he presents that knowledge poorly. Also, judging from the breadth of topics this author had written about it appears the old cliche is true: "Jack of all trades. Master of none." While there is some decent information in this book, it is a chore to read. This was a required text for my class. If you have a choice in the matter choose something (anything) else. ... Read more

46. Operations Management : An Integrated Approach
by R. DanReid, Nada R.Sanders
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-12)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Focusing on how Operations Management (OM) fits into the business environment, this book takes OM beyond the factory setting by illustrating how OM is everywhere. By approaching the subject in an applied fashion, it introduces readers to all aspects of OM and allows them to immediately apply that knowledge to the business environment. Continuing on the success of the first edition, this new edition includes increased use of spreadsheets, more problems and case studies, and new and expanded coverage of the role of OM in the organization. In addition, it covers such current topics as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and periodic order review. ... Read more

47. Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Project 2003 (Special Edition Using)
by Tim Pyron
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-03)
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5-0 out of 5 stars More Project than I thought possible
I picked this up as I was in the middle of several complex Project plans for network upgrades and migrations, as well as a mass rollout of Office 2003. I'd used previous versions of Project before but never really learned how to use it.

By the time I finished the first 10 chapters, I had already tripled my Project knowledge...and the really cool stuff was yet to come. Project, like Visio, is an extremely complex application that most people never crack the surface as far as usability goes. Anyone who is doing heavy Project Management needs to use Project, this is the book to learn by.

5-0 out of 5 stars Answers to effectively manage computerized office projects
Tim Pyron's Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Project 2003 is enhanced with an accompanying CD and provides direct answers to effectively manage computerized office projects. Highly recommended both as an instructional guide and as a continuing reference, Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Project 2003 includes answers on project development and implementation, as well as tracking progress and adjusting to changes, developing final reports, and more. ... Read more

48. Environmental Health and Safety Audits
by Lawrence B. Cahill
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-28)
Publisher: Government Institutes
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This expanded edition of Environmental Health and Safety Audits brings you up-to-date on changes in EPA and OSHA auditing policies, issues currently confronting auditing programs, and state-of-the-art strategies for managing and conducting audits. The author discusses new developments in information generation and availability, including new chapters on meeting ISO 14000 auditing guidelines, auditing dilemmas, and auditing tips, and new tools for building a successful audit program, including seven model program stages. ... Read more

49. Lean Manufacturing Implementation: A Complete Execution Manual for Any Size Manufacturer
by Dennis P. Hobbs
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent How-To Guide
I have been looking long and hard for a simple, step-by-step guide to implementing Lean methodologies in my facility and I have finally found it. Most of the Lean books I've seen up to this point discuss high-level concepts, without detailing the steps and tools needed to put the strategy into practice. However, this book (more of a "how-to" manual, really) outlines all the tasks needed to move from a traditional batch manufacturing system to a Lean environment.

It covers everything from project scoping to line design to Kanban materials movement systems. Not only that, the author provides all the tools (formulas, charts, project management tips, etc.) to guide you through the process. He's also provided methods, like the daily resource planning tool, that help you manage the line after the Lean processes are up and running.

I'm using the guide now for my line reconfiguration, and have gotten it for everyone on my implementation team. This book is good for any manufacturer that is planning to implement Lean, but doesn't have a plan for how to go about it.

Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Pragmatic Approach to Lean Manufacturing!
This is the first book that I have read on Lean Manufacturing that was not a reflection of the author's ego masquerading behind a plethora of platitudes and hedonism. Mr. Hobbs uses a lexicon of terms and applications anybody can understand, making this not only a useful implementation tool, but also a dynamic resource and training tool. As proof, we assembled an implementation team of personnel from all areas of our factory, and were successful in converting two of our product lines in less than twelve weeks simply by following Mr. Hobbs' book. We plan on completing the other seven by the end of Q2. If you want to reap the rewards and benefits as a Lean Manufacturer, I highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended "get-things-done" guide
In Lean Manufacturing Implementation: A Complete Execution Manual For Any Size Manufacturer, business consultant Dennis P. Hobbs draws upon his more than thirty years of experience in the manufacturing sector to present a no-nonsense, go-getter business guide offering a project management approach guided by a "how-to" sequence in order to make manufacturing processes lean and efficient. Emphasizing how to make a factory conversion to "Lean Manufacturing" without hiring expensive consultants -- as well as offering practical information concerning resource identification, line design, operational definition, pull chains, pull sequences, replenishment time and more, Lean Manufacturing Implementation is a highly recommended "get-things-done" guide that specifically focuses upon what is needed and necessary to get results. ... Read more

50. Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook
by NeilSclater, NicholasChironis
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Asin: 0071361693
Catlog: Book (2001-06-13)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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2,501 mechanisms and mechanical devices – at your fingertips!

A one-of-a-kind pictorial directory, Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook, Third Edition, gives you drawings and descriptions of time-tested components, mechanisms, and devices. A carefully compiled index lets you quickly find a specific component which may very well be the exact problem-solving answer you’ve been seeking. You can count on this guide to help you:

* Recycle successful mechanical inventions into new products, with or without modifications
* Design basic mechanisms from scratch with a chapter of tutorial text and formulas
* Save time researching patents
* Get a refresher on the design and function of bearings, belts, brakes, clutches, couplings, cranks, feeders, gears, genevas, joints, latches, linkages, pumps, screws, springs, and switches
Stay on top of present and future trends in mechanical engineering and machine design, with up-to-date treatments of motion control systems; 2D and 3D CAD software; industrial robots and rapid prototyping (RP) systems; recent research and spinoffs of MEMS technology ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for R&D
An engineer friend of mine showed me this book and the next day I bought one for myself. Any time I'm faced with a design problem this is the first place I look. The illustrations are very well done and the text descriptions are illuminating and worthwhile reading.

Cheers to Sclater and Chironis!

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and fun
this book is for the person who likes to fool around in the workshop inventing things. I like to do that as often as I can and this book has really boosted my productivity in the shop. Before I start on a new project I like to scan the book again and see if I can use any of the ideas. I never fail to find something I can use. The drawings are a big help in understanding the devices. There is no other book like this. It is a gathering of all the neat gadgets all in one book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook
Detailed graphical and pictorial images of many different mechanisms grouped in catagories for easy searching. When your stuck on a mechanical design, this book can be a great help.

5-0 out of 5 stars *Excellent* reference source book for brainstorming
I used this book frequently in an undergraduate mechanical engineering design curriculum. Many of the images are self explanitory, and often provide a solution to a mechanism problem at hand. A must for every mechanical design engineer! ... Read more

51. Developing Products in Half the Time: New Rules, New Tools, 2nd Edition
by Preston G.Smith, Donald G.Reinertsen
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-10)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Advance praise for Developing Products in Half the Time Second Edition New Rules, New Tools Preston G. Smith • Donald G. Reinertsen "This is an exceptional book! Get a new highlighter before you start. There are so many ‘ah ha’s’ in each chapter you will never make it through with an old one." Don LaCombe, Ford Motor Company, Product Development Process Leadership "An excellent book with a strong treatment of the cycle-time consequences of overloading your development capacity. It provides powerful and practical concepts for dealing with this issue." Andrew Aquart, Director Product Development, Cordis, a Johnson & Johnson Company "This is practical, useful stuff for people competing in highly competitive fast moving business." Dr. Paul Borrill, Chief Scientist, Sun Microsystems "3M has absorbed many of the tools from the original edition, and this new one will be even more useful. The topic of incremental innovation is crucial to us, and I really appreciate its balanced treatment." Ronald H. Kubinski, Manager New Product Commercialization Services, 3M Company "As the authors correctly point out, the Fuzzy Front End is the least expensive place to reduce cycle time. This book is one of the only sources of concepts, methods, and metrics for compressing this critical portion of the development process." David M. Lewis, Product Manager, Eastman Kodak Co. "Using these tools we’ve more than cut our time to market in half. The new edition of this classic crystallizes the synergy of the fast-to-market techniques, and the icons in the margins highlight the opportunities and pitfalls." Mike Brennan , Vice President of Product Development, Black & Decker ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent must-read for senior managers
I found that this book was packed full of common sense, which is rare in a development management book. Although it has a lot of examples of manufacturing of phsyical goods, I found it great as a software manager. There aren't many spare words in this book, either -- it's terse and well edited, so you get the raw facts and the necessary stories to back them up, but not a lot (or any, really) fluff.

I am putting it on my bookshelf for software engineers, right next to Writing Solid Code and Debugging the Development Process, two classics for software engineers and team leads, respectively.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy and Read
Absolutely the best book there is on the subject of new product development. Of particular import is the discussion on market and pricing dynamics, which may be new to technical-types. Choosing the right product to develop is critical to avoid "The Innovators Dilemma". The book however needs to add more to the discussion of the importance (and risk) of rapid return of (partial) information to the team during the development cycle, as well as human (team) dynamics. I would therefore recommend "The Team Handbook" as a necessary adjunct.

5-0 out of 5 stars very sophisticated tools for real life product development
While the first edition was a bit dry to read in the first four chapters, the second edition is more fun. The value of the content has not been reduced with rev 2.0, on the contrary.

The book is full of sound business theory which is well explained and put into real life context to help the non-MBA to transfer the message to their respective challenges.

Also invaluable are the hints towards common pitfalls. They show that the authors have really applied the theory and are aware of the human factor in change processes.

I read rev 1.0 and 2.0 and will probably buy 3.0 as well.

Keep going!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reading for Software Managers
Over 14 years of software experience confirmed alot of what this book offered. It's well written, chalked full of great facts and gives you a perspective on the possibilities for software development. Let's face-it, software development has almost zero manufacturing issues. So, if your looking for the real reason to implement processes and methodolgies into your development processes, this book will take you there.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a must-read book for all development managers
This is a treatise on management techniques, not process improvement. The first two chapters detail the decision of which projects to speed up, implying that a manager can only speed up a project by overstaffing it and clearing its path of the usual bureaucracy. Therefore, there is no permanent process gain to be had. But it is a great guide for decision makers looking to cut some time off any (or every) project. The fundamental tenets are these:

1) Make the decision to develop a new product idea quickly.

2) Staff all functions to the project immediately and keep them on throughout (no ramp-up, no handoffs)

3) Specify it simply and quickly and do not change the spec (3 days, 3 pages).

4) Spend a little time on the product architecture, designing for modularity and quick development.

5) User overlapping development techniques (work on multiple modules simultaneously)

6) Make a successful transition to manufacturing to complete the project.

You can halve the development time of most projects just by changing the way you manage your projects, without doing a lot of overtime or increasing the cost of development. Many of the answers are in this book. Again, this is a must read book for all development managers. ... Read more

52. Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
by Taiichi Ono, Taiichi Ohno
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Catlog: Book (1988-02-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The *real* General
After only reading a few pages of this book I could see that this Toyota has a lethal weapon in business that American companies seen not interested in using - or worse think that thay are using it just fine? Compare "TPS" with "My Years With General Motors" and imagaine who you would rather compete with? Demming said something like "export everything from America... except american management!" This book will show you why.
This book is not a "ISO" type blueprint in that it is a consise overview without much "filler" or stale requirements so don't worry if you donot get the big picture until you have read and maybe reread the book.
One note - I think that just maybe (if I can be so bold) that chapter 3 should be read first then the rest of the book. I also recomend other books (and web searches) on Kaizen by those who have done it for as long as Mr. Ohno.
I love this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A treasure to high management
I really enjoyed reading Mr. Ohno's book. Even though it is a short book, it is full of ideas that can be applied to any production bussiness.
Even though that the system was created for a car production facility, the concept of "waste" is useful to any type of manufacturing. This idea, coupled with the concept of producing exactly what is sold ( or what the client requests )allows any company to became profitable in times when profit margins get narrower and narrower.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Book on TPS
I am a former Toyota Engineer and recommend that anyone interested in learning about the Toyota Production System a.k.a. lean manufacturing this is the place to start. Mr. Ohno is the creator of TPS and he gives a very good overview of how the system works. The book is very easy to read and easy to understand. This book should be read by all upper management employees looking to create a lean environment in their plants. The book will give you a good foundation to start implementing the techniques. It is the best book to read considering it comes from the inventor himself. It is the best you are going to find shy of being actually trained within Toyota's walls.

5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult material covered simply
This is a short book and as such gets to the point. Explains difficult concepts in a simple way. This book explains how JIT, Kanban, Zero Defects came about. Also shows what is missing from American JIT and that is production leveling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of principles of Just In Time Mfg.
Mr. Ohno is the father of Toyota's just in time production system, also called lean manufacturing, though it is more than just that. The book gives an excellent primer on the basic principles of JIT, work-flow, leveling, waste minimization, etc. He also covers the history and application of these philosophies at Toyota. The book is a surprisingly good read, and Mr. Ohno's dynamic and engaging personality shows through. A must read for MBA students, persons in manufacturing or occupations where time is money. ... Read more

53. Information Systems Today
by Leonard M. Jessup, Joseph S. Valacich, Leonard M Jessup
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Contemporary and well written, this book serves as a good desk reference for business professionals who need to know about information systems.Chapter topics include database management, telecommunications, electronic commerce, information system ethics, security, and more.For systems analysts or general business professionals who need to know about information systems. ... Read more

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54. The Engineering Design of Systems : Models and Methods (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management)
by Dennis M.Buede
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Systems engineering is the design of a complex interconnection of many elements to maximize performance. As such, the science relates to all fields of engineering. While systems engineering has always played an important role in industrial and military applications, advances in communications and computer technology have made this discipline especially relevant. This book introduces design methods and models used by systems engineers in the real world. It offer a comprehensive, integrated treatment that includes modeling, underlying design principles, and the process of optimization for peak performance. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable systems engineering text
This book addresses systems engineering tools and methods needed for building complex systems. Our systems have gotten much more complex, more inter-coupled than they were decades ago --think of the recent (Summer '03) East Coast power failure. Systems Engineering tools, techniques, and education must progress to address the new complexity. This is why Buede's book is invaluable. He has digested much of the current state of thinking regarding systems engineering practices and concepts, and made them available.

This book reflects where systems engineering is going. It is written for practicing systems engineers who deal with complex systems, and for students who have someone leading them through the subject. Persons who engineer complex systems will find this book valuable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject
The subject of system engineering has many facets and paths to reach an implemented 'system'. This book covers the subject thoroughly and is supplemented with student problems. This book will give anyone a firm grounding in the formal approaches to the subject and a basis for moving into system engineering practice. Highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this so called book
The worst text book for system engineering you could ever buy.
Concepts are vague, the text could have been much simpler, and the concept much clearer. I bet that you can read the book many times over and still not know the basics of system engineering.
The only good chapters of this book are chapters 4, 5. You know why? Because they have nothing to do with systems engineering. ... Read more

55. PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide
by Kim Heldman
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Finally, a comprehensive self-study option for the highly respected Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. With in-depth coverage of all exam objectives, detailed case studies, hundreds of challenging review questions, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book, you'll be ready to approach the exam with confidence. Put your career on the fast track with the PMP certification, which is aimed at experienced business professionals looking to bolster their resume with this lofty designation. With a prerequisite of 4,500 hours of practical project management experience, the PMP certification validates the knowledge required of high-level managers across a wide spectrum of business types, from IT to construction, finance to engineering, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This one and the PMBOK were all I needed.
This book is just like the PMBOK, but readable. With its 500 pages it is a lot easier to understand and study it.

The two sample tests included are a great preparation tool, best if taken after you consider yourself ready.

An important note is that this book complements the PMBOK, but does not replace it. If you are going to present the PMP exam, you are going to need to have the PMBOK too, because it covers inputs, tools and techniques and outputs of some processes that are not detailed in the Guide. However, it will be easier by far to read the PMBOK after reading the Guide.

I passed the test, and my only two preparation guides were the two books I mentioned here.

Good luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Passed my PMP with ease
I gone through the book twice over 2 weeks in preparation for my test. Even though I went for a course and study the PMBOK from cover to cover, I'm not sure whether I'm fully prepared or not. Generally speaking, the PMBOK only roughly covers 70% of exam. The others need to be complimented either through one experiences or other materials. Although this book cannot cover all of the remaining 30%, it surely come close with broad PM and General Management coverage.
The book is really complementing the PMBOK by using different approach to the PM process. It also highlights the key points in the PMBOK.
What is best about the book is the sample questions. They really resemble the real one, with lots of scenario types questions. If one is not that familiar of what to expect in the exam, will almost certain have barely enough time to go through all 200. For me, I still have 45 minutes to go through again the marked questions.
I passed the exam with 160/200.

3-0 out of 5 stars Slow Reading! You will need to supplement this book
The biggest gripe I have with this book has to do with the organization of content inside the chapters. The Inputs, tools and techniques and outputs are rather hard to find - and you really must patiently read everything the author wants to say to get what you want. This might be good or even beneficial for a first read - but if you are short on time or want to tear ahead you will begin to experience some frustration. The lack of clear organization is a fairly major limitation for a book that is aimed at exam preparation!

The book is useless as a review/recap tool. You cannot go fast! In my assessment the PMBOK and the PMP for Dummies books are superior. This book would have been far better with if it had more process area and knowledge area diagrams and summaries, or even quick summaries after sections like many of the other books do.

The book does have its positive points. The very well thought out and insightful case studies however provide relief when working through the rather dull presentation. The questions at the end of each chapter are generally of very high quality and will test your understanding in a deep way. Mistakes are very few. The case studies are probably the best I have seen in any PMP preparation book.

I had to team this book with the PMBOK for content/concepts, and Rita Mulcahy's PMP exam CD for test taking to pass the PMP.

5-0 out of 5 stars Take A Look at the Second Edition of This Book
I'm the author of the PMP Study Guide and I'm thrilled to see all your reviews about how helpful my book has been! Thank you! Good news--there is a new, second edition to the PMP Study Guide that has an expanded glossary, more exam hints, more notes, and deeper explanations of some of the tougher topics. There is also a companion guide, The PMP Final Exam Review, that has four more tests with some killer questions. Getting the PMP certification is definitely worth your while but you can't pass the test without some good resources (and I think mine are some of the best). Good luck to all you future PMPs out there!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! Highly recommended
Start PMP preparation with this book, as it takes through each phase in sequence as in real projects so you can relate to whats going on (instead of studying each knowledge management area as in PMBOK). Questions in the book and the CD extremely useful...I scored 80-85% in the exercise exams and my final score was 83.5% (167/200). Use this book along with PMBOK and Rita's book, you ae guaranteed to score above 80% ... Read more

56. Introduction to Statistical Quality Control
by Douglas C.Montgomery
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This book is about the use of modern statistical methods for quality control and improvement. It provides comprehensive coverage of the subject from basic principles to state-of-art concepts and applications. The objective is to give the reader a sound understanding of the principles and the basis for applying them in a variety of both product and nonproduct situations. While statistical techniques are emphasized throughout, the book has a strong engineering and management orientation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars good book worst service
the book is very good doubt but the service is aweful.

1. on the website they show it is a hardcover book and so i ordered for it but got a soft cover book i have to worry about return or refunds etc...

2. had to wait for 3 weeks to get the book.

3. print quality aweful ...the original book has good color print...the one i received for the same price has a black and white print with very thin see-through pages...

my advice would be to avoid through amazon if possible because the same book is listed for $ 33 on their own website and here they sell it for $ 41 waste ur money if u want.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about SPC
As the developer of the QI Macros SPC Software for Excel, customers often call with exotic questions about statistical methods for quality control.

Montgomery's book, more often than not, is the one I turn to for answers that I can't seem to find anywhere else. Even if I do find the answer in another book, it's always easier to understand in Montgomery's. The book is written in a way that makes seemingly incomprehensible statistics understandable. And there are plenty of examples.

If you're looking for a book to help you implement quality control in a small business, Montgomery's book is a bit too much, so you might consider my book on the Small Business Guerrilla Guide to Six Sigma or Six Sigma Simplified.

4-0 out of 5 stars A solid text on statistical quality control
The book gives an overview of the importance of quality management, the basics of statistics (variability, distributions, etc.), different methods of statistical process control, the use of control charts, capability analysis, design of experiments, process optimization, and sampling. I found all of the chapters informational and practical.

Montgomery does a great job of presenting the theory, giving examples, and helping the reader understand the big picture of various concepts. For example, Montgomery states that a "Pareto chart does not automatically identify the most important defects, but rather only those that occur most frequently," and then gives an example illustrating when this can be so. This is something that might have been overlooked if not pointed out to the reader.

While to book is rather current in introductory theory and practice, there are some relics from previous editions. For example, the inclusion of a random number table in the appendix is rather useless, since all modern calculators and spreadsheets have random number functions. This minor complaint aside, the book is solid and worth having.

4-0 out of 5 stars An all-in-one text.
This is a rather comprehensive book on SQC. It benefits from a good introductory treatment of Design of Experiments, a subject sorely missing from most SQC texts. The arrangement of topics in the book is logical from both pedagogical and practical points of view, and the author's stress on improvement -- rather than control -- is the right one for the readers.

4-0 out of 5 stars A college beginner's SQC textbook
This is a typical college text book which serves very well on the subject,SQC. It has provided a good coverage on SQC, in particular, as an introductory text. Each SQC subject is treated well from a newcomer perspective. If you're a beginner in the college education and looking for a book on this subject, this is IT! ... Read more

57. An Introduction to the Design and Behavior of Bolted Joints (Mechanical Engineering (Marcell Dekker))
by John H Bickford, Marcel Dekker
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must For Design Engineers
This book covers all the fundamental issues related to bolts and bolted joints. It is very easy to read, and does not go too deeply into technical subjects, but gives the reader a full appreciation for the issues involved. As a materials engineer I appreciated the section on bolting materials. As a design engineer, I found the sections on designing bolted joints very helpful. As Plato expressed long ago, the wiser you are, the less you realize you know. After reading this book, design engineers not familiar with all the issues will likely not take bolts and bolted joints for granted. ... Read more

58. Product Management
by Donald R. Lehmann, Russell S Winer, Donald Lehmann, Russell Winer
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Product Management is a lean, defining text that covers three major tasks facing today’s product mangers:analyzing the market, developing objectives and strategies for the product or service in question, and making decisions about price, advertising, promotion, channels of distribution and service.Product Management utilizes the familiar Marketing Plan as the unifying framework for its lessons, and takes a “hands-on” approach toward preparing graduates to assume the position of product manager. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Too basic to be helpful
This book is seriously too basic to be of any help to a practitioner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Explains the steps in product management in extreme detail. Not good for IT products (software), but general. Applies more to non-IT for sure.

Good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is the ideal book for the product manager/product planner. I have been looking for such a book for years and here it is. What I liked about the book was its no non-sense direct approach to product management. The book covers all topics required to jump start the process. You will learn "what" to accomplish quickly. To learn about the process of product development and that sort of thing you should look into Cooper's "winning at new products" book.

this text covers it all in an very easy to read & grasp style. Topics include defining the competitive set, category attractiveness analysis,... pricing decisions (for a thorough treatment on pricing, I would highly recommend "the strategy and tactics of pricing"), channel management, promotions and financial analysis for product management. The newly added chapter marketing metrics is bang-on.

***Good introductory book for the first line product manager / product planner. Very highly recommended. ***

This book shares some text with the other books these authors have jointly written ("analysis for marketing planning" - another excellent book), but has been changed significantly enough to make reading those shared chapters worthwile if you happen to have both texts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A blend of product and pricing...
Lehmann proved that product and pricing are the two sides of a coin called Management. Its a must read book for any level of person in Production, Accounting, Warehousing, Marketing and Management. Its an excellent blend of knowledge. ... Read more

59. Essentials of Supply Chain Management
by Michael H. Hugos
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  • Discover what a supply chain is and how it works
  • Utilize technology to boost efficiency and responsiveness
  • Align your supply chain with market demands
  • Learn how to develop pragmatic supply chain systems


Full of valuable tips, techniques, illustrative real-world examples, exhibits, and best practices, this handy and concise paperback will help you stay up to date on the newest thinking, strategies, developments, and technologies in supply chain management.

"Mr. Hugos uses a fluid writing style that takes a difficult subject and makes it read like a novel. I read it quickly and continue to use it as a reference guide. We provide services and materials to the fortune 500 and this book provides us with a thought process that endures as well as simple actions that will increase our bottom line immediately."
–Michael J. Chakos, Chief Operating Officer, Kenny Industrial Services

"Michael Hugos does an excellent job of informing the reader on the latest concepts and technologies of supply chain management (SCM). The real jewel in this book can be found in the way that Mr. Hugos was able to provide a solid set of frameworks that will enable the business executive to link SCM to strategy and, at the same time, measure its effectiveness."
–John ODonnell, President, NA Commercial Business, Georgia-Pacific Corporation

"This book takes a purportedly very complex subject and reduces it to easily understandable concepts. It very clearly and concisely explains how to determine your companys place in the value chain and how to enhance your companys value in that chain. It should be required reading for all business students and current managers who are searching for better ways to compete in todays marketplace. I have marked several pages that contain concepts I want to put in practice immediately."
–Sunil Arora, Vice President, Global eBusiness, Anixter International, Inc. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enlightened!
As a person with little time lately for personal reading, I have to be judicious about my reading adventures. I feel that Mr. Hugos created a very "easy read", while providing ample information about his topic to educate the person "on the go".

My profession involves interfacing with CIOs daily, and I can now feel more confident in my acumen around the Supply Chain Management space. I think Mr. Hugos accomplished his objective of enlightening executives about this topic, w/o using the "techno-speak" that often chases them away. Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I am interested in finding out more about the "Essentials" series.

Mr. Hugos, I thank you!

5-0 out of 5 stars A New Voice
Michael Hugos is a new voice to the John Wiley & Sons "Essentials" series of business texts and a most welcome voice at that. Clearly, he has attacked a complex subject in supply chain management. To Mr. Hugos' ultimate credit, he delivers the reader into his world of supply chain management without hiding behind techno-jargon. Imagine this: a plain-speaking CIO/author with a vision and an ability to simplify the complex without talking down to his reader. Quite simply, Mr. Hugos' book is a freshing wind of IT knowledge and know how.
If you wish to understand supply chain management, buy this book.

Kelly Yaksich
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Dex Media

5-0 out of 5 stars Great coverage of 'the nuts and bolts'.
The book focuses on operational and tactical aspects of supply chain management. The coverage is clear, logical and highlights key points well. Each chapter ends with a summary. There is a wealth of figures, tips and techniques and explanatory "boxes", all of which are concise, relevant and useful.
Supply chain management has moved rapidly from 'poor relation' to high strategy, driving strategic alliances and involving world wide logistics. This book does no more than touch on these wider strategic issues; its concern is with the fundamentals which provide the platform on which strategy can be successful. It succeeds admirably within its objectives.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice introductory book
I would like to thank Mr.Michael H. Hugos for bringing such a nice introductory book to this most confusing field. He has explained very well how supply chain management is different from rest of the operations management literature. He has also thrown light on certain conflicting and very important issue like Supply Chain Performance. Good Luck...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Supply Chain Management
As a consultant in this area, I have recommended this book to my clients. This well-structured, easy-to-read book is an excellent introduction to concepts of Supply Chain Management. Its target audience, executives who must learn about supply chain in order to make strategic decisions, could be expanded to include any person who wants or needs to learn about supply chain. I highly recommend it as a first book for any project manager who is new to this are.
The book contains 8 chapters, each with a similar structure: a list of the learning and performance objectives of preceding the actual content, which is presented in a logical and interesting way. The content is accompanied by helpful diagrams and a series of examples or case studies labeled "Executive Insight" or "In the Real World". It also contains lists of helpful "Tips and Techniques".
The author begins with an overview of the general concepts of Supply Chain Management. One of the objectives of this chapter is to be able to "Start an intelligent conversation about supply chain management issues in your company" It is a tall order, and the author succeeds, introducing the neophyte to the basic concepts of Production, Inventory, Location, Transportation and Inventory with clear and concise prose. In a very interesting example, Hugos uses the story of Alexander the Great to illustrate how a good supply chain functions.
The following 4 chapters systematically cover the basics of supply chain: Planning and Sourcing, Making and Delivering, Coordination and Technology and Supply Chain Metrics. Each of these chapters takes up the fundamental concepts involved and explains them in a simple and understandable fashion. For those that are reading this book as an introduction to supply chain, there will be many an "aha"of understanding as you read along. Of particular interest for the IT project manager, Hugos explains at length what the various technologies are that serve the supply chain.
In the final 2 chapters the author assists the reader in analyzing the type of market(s) that their company targets, and how to determine and plan for a supply chain to succesfully serve them. As well, the chapter includes a number of usefel tools and techniques that can be used to plan out a supply chain project. Most project managers should find this section to be very useful. He closes the book with a look to the future, and uses the concept of "Emergent Behavior" to make predictions about supply chains of the future. He explains how supply chains will develop "Self Adjusting Feedback Loops", using automation to keep information constantly flowing around the loop.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Supply Chain Management. It will be helpful in particular to project managers and IT professionals who want to work in the manufacturing sector. It is well thought out and eminently readable!
Kevin Callahan, The PMCi ... Read more

60. Jack: Straight from the Gut
by Jack Welch, John A. Byrne
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In his #1 New York Times bestseller, Jack Welch surveys his brilliant career at General Electric, reveals his personal business philosophy, and discusses his life post-retirement in a new afterword.They called him Neutron Jack. They called him the world's toughest boss. And then Fortune(r) called him "The Manager of the Century." In his 20-year career at the helm of General Electric, Jack Welch defied conventional wisdom and turned an aging behemoth of a corporation into a lean, mean engine of growth and corporate innovation. In this remarkable autobiography--a classic business book and runaway New York Times bestseller now updated with a new afterword--Jack Welch takes us on the rough-and-tumble ride that has been his remarkable life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jack, Over the Top Results
REVIEW: If one word could sum up Jack Welch's career at GE it might be "results". And this is why many people will want to read this book. It is basically an autobiography of Jack Welch's GE years and does not dwell on deap management theory. Those readers expecting a lot of new business theory or to learn how to repeat Jack's performance by reading about his secret methodology may be disappointed.

The management insights that Jack does reveal seem to me to be generally built on fairly well established (but poorly executed) management practices. Jack has just embraced them and used focussed passion coupled with an obsession on people to execute superbly and produce great results. For example, some of his major initiatives could be said to have been derived from existing management principles: 1) "No. 1 or 2" Jack admits is derived from Peter Drucker, 2)I believe six sigma is derived in part from Motorola, 3) "Boundaryless behaviour" can said to be based on Peter Drucker's observation that there are no profit centers inside an organization, and 4) Jack was clearly not an early pioneer on "E-business". Yet he recognized the opportunities and produced results from them. The book probably won't become a classic, but it is still recommended reading for today's and tomorrow's managers and especially those interest in the man himself.

STRENGTHS: The book is a fairly easy and interesting read full of anecdotes and insites. It does a great job of showing the management task as art and discipline that can be learned, improved, and mastered rather than as personal charisma or other common stereotypes of leadership.

WEAKNESSES: The minor weaknesses of the book relate to Jack's strong, competitive personality (and maybe ego) that show through in his writing. Despite that author's initial disclaimer to read "I" as meaning "we" I found Jack's lack of distinction between himself and GE to be minorly annoying. Parts of the book are filled with phrases like "I bought this $$$$$ company" when clearly "We" is appropriate [I know, I'm nit-picking]. Second (and this is almost excusable in an autobiography) Jack rarely gave the "other side" of the story when discussing major GE crises. For example, he never explains the EU's reasons for blocking the Honeywell merger, assuming that it is so obviously wrong it's not worthy of explaination.

5-0 out of 5 stars His advice may seem obvious to some, but...
His advice may seem obvious to some, but how often is it actually practiced? I shouted "yeah!" to myself over and over as I read a couple chapters of this book.

For example: the chapter about rating and rewarding his employees was excellent. For example, giving Class A employees 3x the salary increases over Class B employees-- Great!! Giving NO increases to Class C employees, and getting rid of them sooner rather than later...what can I say, I LOVE IT!!

He's so right about the fact that it's more cruel to let Class C workers attain and maintain an certain income level (that they are not really worthy of), and waiting til they're older, with a large mortgage and kids in college before finallly telling them that they're not making the grade.

I've worked with some people in the high-paying tech arena that, because of either blatant incompetence, bad attitude, and/or pure laziness, never should have gotten to where they are today. As far as I'm concerned, some never should have gotten past working in the food service industry.

Eventually those people *do* get weeded out (I'm seeing it happen right now in this economy). Sooner is better than later, both for the employer and the employee. I also enjoy not having to work with those types.

3-0 out of 5 stars I am almost ashamed to keep this book on our shelves
I must say I am disappointed in this book. Mr W. clearly takes much credit for the success of GE. Although a strong leader in any organization can make a big difference, it looks disgustingly fake when he tries to take all credit for success. If you are a critical reader you will most likely see through the tireless self promotion that went on with W.

I cannot waste any more time on this book, so I must end this review here, but there are good parts of this book. To find out about those, read someone else's reviews.

3-0 out of 5 stars Inside scoop on GE
A good book to get the inside "going ons" from a CEO's perspective. If you have interest in GE and the happenings through Mr. Welch's eyes this is a good read.

I was hoping to get a little more insight and direction regarding the key elements of running an extremely successful business. Outside of the "people are everything" and weed out the bottom feeders, there was little practical knowledge to be taken from the book and used by manager "want-to-be" types.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy the book used
I guess it's not bragging if you can do it - and he did. It is difficult to argue GE's success over the past 20 years. Mr. Welch took a 12 billion company and made it into a 500 billion dollar business. Without even using a computer!! Regarding the portion of the book were he talks about assigning E-trainers for all the top executives in the company, all I have to say is rank does have its privileged, It must be nice to have a techie hold your hand if you are an executive and computer illiterate.
It is hard to believe that it wasn't until 1999 that Jack Welch sent his first email. A multimillionaire who isn't connected....
I am not sure if it is ignorance or apathy?

In Mr Welch's defense, I am not sure how the author could have gotten around referencing everybody he worked with or for.
If you can get through that part of the book, there are some things in the rest of the book that are of value. I listened to the book on tape so it wasn't so bad.
He does talk about real people and real problems that he encountered throughout his career and what it took to get the job done working within the environment HE created.
If you are not a business person or just wondered what it is like at the top, here are a dozen of the key ideas Mr Welch talks about in his book.

Stretch jobs
The runway of a person,
The vitality curve of a career
Differentiation being a key value to getting ahead
"boundaryless" operations
Blackbelt employees
Plane crash scenario: Who will run the company
Having a deep bench: When a replacement was needed
Fix, Close or Sell areas of business that are not performing well
Being #1 or #2 in your field
The 6 sigma quality movement
Finance: People and dollars are the movable parts, while the people hold the depth of knowledge
Not to mention a smattering of, golf, tennis and ping pong stories.

Overall I would say buy the book used or borrow it from a friend - 4 stars ... Read more

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