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The Heretic's Guide to Best Practices: The Reality of Managing Complex Problems in Organisations

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When it comes to solving complex problems, we often perform elaborate rituals in the guise of best practices that promise a world of order, certainty, and control. But reality paints a far different picture, which practitioners are often reluctant to discuss.In "The Heretic's Guide to Best Practices," authors Paul Culmsee and Kailash Awati provide a plethora of practical t ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by iUniverse.com
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A refreshing look at the process by which companies grab at 'silver bullet' solutions like ITIL, PIMBOK, PRINCE2 and others (those are just the few the came to mind from my organisation). The take out seems to be we should spend a bit more time looking at how/why these systems do/don't work versus just propelling ourselves from one shiny object to the next.

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Humour: The book has a nice conversational style that makes it feel more like a interesting conversation in a pub.
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Tadhg Maccarthy
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Very well researched & written - although I must be the referenced only non-Star Wars fan reader.

I like the case studies and the simplicity of IBIS for dialogue mapping - but I can see the need for a skilled practitioner for really wicked problems.

I worked with Paul in a previous company - in his previous life in sys admin. I knew he was smart - but not this smart :). Nice work!
Greg Raymond
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Awesome book that turns best practices on its head and asks why is this a best practice. I thoroughly recommend this for all Project Managers, Business Analysts and people wanting to understand strategic alliancing
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The book covers incredibely useful ideas (principles and tools) for untangling and even possibly solving wicked problems. I just wish it was better written, with more structure and fewer disjointed thoughts.
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