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Book: Agile Project Management with Scrum

This book provides an excellent coverage of how the Scrum software development methodology works. It introduces the key concepts then chapter by chapter reveals the intricacies involved in implementing the methodology by providing many, many, real world examples.
The author is one of the original signatories to the Agile Manifesto. He knows his stuff. Aside from the odd very dry joke, and perhaps the first chapter or two, the book does not deviate from the following pattern:
Chapter addresses one of the key features of the Scrum methodology (e.g. the purpose of the SrumMaster).The chapter's introduction covers the overview of the concept and explains how the chapter will deal with it.Two or three section (the "body") take us through some strategically selected real world examples, including an analysis of each.A conclusion ties the chapter together, and ponders the various outcomes of the scenarios provided.
It's written in a predictable and confident manner. Exactly …

Book: The One Thing You Need to Know...About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success

As the title suggests, this book is partitioned into three sections - in the opinion of the author:
How to be a great manager How to be a great leader How to achieve sustained individual success
I found this book useful as it clearly defines what the core competencies of a "leader" and a "manager" are; which is something that I have not found elsewhere as yet. Have to admit that some of what I read was news to me - I've realised that my role involves both. To spell it out, effectively managing is looking after your individuals and your team; helping them find success in their work and supporting them. Leading is about providing a vision for your constituents (team) which they can aspire to; painting a picture of what things will be like when the goal is achieved and being clear about what it'll take to get there.
The author introduces the concept of a "controlling insight". This is a succinct description of the one thing that stands out clearly as bein…