Book Reviews

Beautiful Data

Information is Beautiful by David McCandless A visual feast that presents a fascinating range of facts in some intriguing ways. The political map is a favourite (I liked it so much I bought a signed copy)





The Business Playground

The Business Playground by Dave Stewart and Mark Simmons is interesting, funny, challenging and inspiring.  This is a great book about creative thinking, idea generation or problem solving in business,  it is equally useful for anyone looking to challenge the status quo or received wisdom within their organisation. 

“Real creativity has me in awe, and Dave Stewart is one of the most thrilling creative minds I have ever met.” Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop 

The Third Wave

Business Process Management: the third wave by Howard Smith and Peter Fingar heralds a breakthrough that redefines competitive advantage for the next fifty years. Don't bridge the business-IT divide: Obliterate it!





BPMN Method and Style

BPMN Method and Style: A levels-based methodology for BPM process modeling and improvement using BPMN 2.0 by Bruce Silver Creating business process models that can be shared effectively across the business - and between business and IT - demands more than a digest of BPMN shapes and symbols. It requires a step-by-step methodology for going from a blank page to a complete process diagram. It also requires consistent application of a modelling style, so that the modeller’s meaning is clear from the diagram itself. Author Bruce Silver explains not only the meaning and proper usage of the entire BPMN 2.0 palette, but calls out the working subset that you really need to know. He also reveals the hidden assumptions of core concepts left unexplained in the spec, the key to BPMN's deeper meaning.

Thinking of...

'Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?' (George Bushism) There are such things as stupid questions after all, but that isn't what you will find in this book.  'Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.' (Anthony Robbins) Thinking of...People-Centric Process Management? Ask the Smart Questions by Mark McGregor and Ian Gotts helps you think about and ask much better questions and gives you a greater chance of success when building proceses that are going to work for your people.


Practical Guidelines to Successful Implementations

Business Process Management: Practical Guidelines to Successful Implementations by John Jeston and Johan Nelis provides organizational leadership with an understanding of Business Process Management and its benefits to an organization.




A Rigorous Approach

Re-engineering or creating new business processes or organisational structures?  Need to identify IT solutions involving workflow, document management or Business Process Managament systems?   Preparing process definitions intended for a Quality Management System?  If the answer is 'yes' to any of these questions, then you need a copy of Martyn Ould's Business Process Management: a rigorous approach. 



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