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Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency

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This cutting-edge guide to capitalizing on these revolutionary principles is a counterintuitive approach that works for new- and old-economy ... Show synopsis

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LudvikM

Great book

by LudvikM on Jun 3, 2011

I would recommend this book to enterpreners, managers and knowledge workers. A great addition to his book Peopleware.

djl086

Clear and cogent writing from Demarco

by djl086 on Mar 14, 2008

Not simply for executives but for managers of all levels. Argues that slack is essential to an organizations agility, to retain key personnel, ability to invest in the future, and capacity for sensible risk taking instead of risk avoidance. Contents: Part One: SLACK 1. Madmen in the Halls 2. Busyness 3. The Myth of Fungible Resource 4. When "Hurry Up" Really Means "Slow Down" 5. Managing Eve 6. Business Instead of Busyness Part Two: LOST, BUT MAKING GOOD TIME 7. The Cost of Pressure 8. Aggressive Schedules 9. Overtime 10. A Little Sleight of Hand in the Accounting Department 11. Power Sweeper 12. The Second Law of Bad Management 13. Culture of Fear 14. Litigation 15. Process Obsession 16. Quality 17. Efficient and/or Effective 18. Management by Objectives Part Three: CHANGE AND GROWTH 19. Vision 20. Leadership and "Leadership" 21. Dilbert Reconsidered 22. Fear and Safety 23. Trust and Trustworthiness 24. Timing of Change 25. What Middle Management Is There For 26. Where Learning Happens 27. Danger in the White Space 28. Change Management Part Four: RISK AND RISK MANAGEMENT 29. Uncommon Sense 30. Risk Management: The Minimal Prescription 31. Working at Breakneck Speed 32. Learning to Live with Risk AFTERWORD 33. The Needle in the Haystack

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