Six-Figure Musician


The Six-Figure Musician is a book written by David Hooper. The sub-title of the book is: How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows, and Make More Money in the Music Business.  I picked up this book to review as a companion for our CHAOS Tuesday #86 titled "Rock On".  Our main feature of this show is an interview with Marc Check.  Marc has left the Museum of Science as their CIO and has taken a new job as head of IT at the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame. He talked about why he was taking the job and the opportunity he sees with Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame. 

So, I thought this book would go great with the show, but would not have many lessons for the project management and IT profession.  Well to my surprise I was wrong.  This is a great book for project managers and all managers in general.  I give this book 3.5 out of 5 butterflies. Three butterflies means the book is OK and you will get something out of it. Four butterflies mean I really like it and its well worth reading. So, if I compare this book to Jeff Sutherland’s new book: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half The time which I gave 4 butterflies it is not quite the same.  On the other hand, if you are musician or want a career in the music business I would give it 5 out 5 of butterflies.

What makes this book good for project managers and all managers are the common lessons such as focus on the important things that will provide value.  In other words do things of value and only count what counts.  Use resources that have skills in areas you lack to improve your chances of success.  Have a great communication plan.  Do not rely on habits of the past that made great musicians since the music business is not the same.  Do not hold on to these habits since what got you to this point may not advance you in the future.  Create good work habits and make the habits, but be flexible to change those habits when things are no longer working.  Do not be caught or blindsided by changes in your industry.

In general I think it is a pretty good book and I give 3.5 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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