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On most CHAOS Tuesday shows I do a book review. The review consists of an overview of the book, my opinion of the book and a rating.  I rate the book using a 1 to 5 butterflies system.  The rating is on several dimensions such as value to project management or technology profession.  Does the book have some new ideas and theories.  Is it easy to read so that assimliation and absorbtion is intuitive.  Is it fun or enjoyable to read. So, if it is one butterfly don’t bother reading the book, Two butterflies read if you have insomnia, Three butterflies the book is OK and you will get something out of it. Four butterflies I really like it and its well worth reading. Five butterflies and the author’s name should be Peter Drucker.  Currently I am reading Six Figure Musician for show #86 Titled “Rock On”.  Here are samples of books for the last few shows,

On show #85 I reviewed Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To.  The author is Sian Beilock. This book can help people do a better job with stress management, concentration, and performance by understanding how our brains work. I rate this book 4 out of 5 butterflies.

On Show #84 I reviewed Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior - Anytime, Anyplace. The authors are Jo-Ellan Dimitrius and Wendy Patrick Mazzarella. This is a weak collection of tips on reading body language. The book is poorly organized and lacks real details. The best part of this book was the last chapter. You might want to pick up the book and just read the last chapter. I rate this book 2 out of 5.

On show #83 I reviewed Jeff Sutherland’s new book: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half The time.  This is a nice book of the history of Scrum and Jeff Sutherland.  Jeff gives plenty of examples of how to use Scrum for software and non-software projects. I rate this book 4 out of 5 butterflies. You can also hear Jeff on other CHAOS Tuesday shows.

On Show #82 I reviewed Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.  The author is Peter Thiel.  Peter is a Managing Partner of the Founders Fund. I think this book could have been good, but to me it was the rambling of some self-indulgent and self-absorbed person.  There are some interesting stories and examples, but for the most part it is a waste of time. I give this book a generous 2 out of 5 butterflies. 

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Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.

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