Amplifying Your Effectiveness: Collected Essays

Amplifying Your Effectiveness: Collected Essays

by Gerald M. Weinberg
     
 

Gerald M. Weinberg, James Bach, Naomi Karten, and a group of successful software consultants present powerful ideas on how software engineers and managers can amplify their professional effectiveness — as individuals, as members of teams, and as members of organizations.

The collected essays address diverse topics in personal empowerment, interpersonal

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Gerald M. Weinberg, James Bach, Naomi Karten, and a group of successful software consultants present powerful ideas on how software engineers and managers can amplify their professional effectiveness — as individuals, as members of teams, and as members of organizations.

The collected essays address diverse topics in personal empowerment, interpersonal interaction, mastering projects, and changing the organization.

Contributors include James Bach, Marie Benesh, Rick Brenner, Esther Derby, Kevin Fjelsted, Don Gray, Naomi Karten, Bob King, Pat Medvick, Brian Pioreck, Ken Roberts, Sharon Marsh Roberts, Johanna Rothman, Steve Smith, Eileen Strider, Gerald M. Weinberg, and Becky Winant.

The idea for this collection arose out of a brainstorming session for the Amplifying Your Effectiveness Conference (AYE), which debuts on November 6-8, 2000, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Like the book, the conference is designed to help technical people become more effective individually, within a team, and within an organization. The contributing authors serve as hosts of the AYE Conference. For information, visit www.ayeconference.com.

The variety of techniques and perspectives represented in the book will help you amplify your effectiveness — whether or not you're able to attend the live event.

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Successful software consultants present powerful ideas on how software engineers and managers can be more effective as individuals, members of teams, and members of organizations. They address diverse topics in personal empowerment, interpersonal interaction, mastering projects, and changing the organization. Some subjects are crunch projects, dealing with irate customers, recognizing runaway projects, and creating a process for developing useful scientific software. Weinberg is a lecturer and consultant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780932633477
Publisher:
Dorset House Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.45(d)

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Introduction

Although "organizational change" is a comforting executive concept, Virginia Satir, the great family therapist, was fond of reminding us that "change happens one person at a time." As the essays in Part One demonstrate, there is no organizational change without individual change, no organizational effectiveness without individual effectiveness.

A recurring dream of technical workers is to have the opportunity to work in perfect isolation. For better or worse, though, the vast majority of technical work puts us in relationships with other people. So, as Part Two reveals, if we are to amplify our effectiveness, we must learn how to amplify the effectiveness of our interpersonal interactions.

Projects are team efforts aimed at bringing something new into the world, which makes them sensitive measures of our individual and team effectiveness. To paraphrase an ancient Chinese proverb, managing a large project is like boiling a small fish -- a delicate job. The essays in Part Three explore a master's techniques.

Once we have succeeded in demonstrating our effectiveness by successfully completing a project or two, our aspirations naturally turn to helping others do the same. But change is not the simple linear process that we might hope for, as the essays in Part Four illustrate.

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