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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Kepner ,. Benjamin B. The New Rational Manager, describes Kepner-Tregoe critical thinking processes for effective leadership and issue-resolution management that have been pressure tested across the world for over 50 years. This common language and process are essential for effective, efficient collaboration across teams, functions, and geographies. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. May 22, Philip Ngan rated it it was amazing. I've read a few management and problem solving books. This is hands-down the best. It cuts the fluff and stays away from bureaucracy and theories. It introduces an effective and pragmatic approach to problem solving and decision making. It's a must read. Sep 10, Rory Armstrong rated it really liked it. A software developers perspective The New Rational Manager describes some useful techniques for discovering the root causes of problems, choosing the best decision, and identifying future risks or opportunities.
Each technique is covered is a variety of case studies which give a good insight in how to go about practising the techniques. My mot A software developers perspective The New Rational Manager describes some useful techniques for discovering the root causes of problems, choosing the best decision, and identifying future risks or opportunities. My motivation for reading this was from a software development perspective to see if the techniques could be useful in that setting.
In my view the sections of most value was the problem analysis and decision analysis. The problem analysis is a structure approach to comparing the defective component to working components which will be a useful tool to solving defects or production issues as there is generally accessible methods to compare changes and jot down any and all potential areas of difference. The decision analysis could be useful for architects in deciding the best approach for a design of a system when there are many alternative as it provides a useful framework for actually describing the requirements of the business into needs and wants with a measurable model of best fit.
The potential problem identification could aid in discovering opportunities but I'm not sure of its overall effectiveness for software with it being perhaps more of a management tool. Overall, this would be very useful for managers of operations in a plant or software setting, but for run-of-the-mill software developers not so much until they get to a level of high responsibility such as an architect.
The writing was also quite dry at times which made it a bit of slog to get through - I skimmed through the last two chapters as it seemed to only relevant to senior managers. Jan 20, Aleksey Androsov rated it it was amazing. I believe this is an essential read for people struggling with many problems and assignments in their jobs. It outlines the easy steps to improve your performance in following situations: - Understand the situation: What's happening?
What to do? Where to start? What's the best way to solve it? What are my goals? What is the best option? What are the opportunities? How do I s I believe this is an essential read for people struggling with many problems and assignments in their jobs. How do I succeed with both? I liked the book or high concentration of valuable information, simplicity, and easy language.
Dec 09, Zourkas Lavrentiades rated it really liked it. It is written back in 's but it shares management principles that can be applied today, tomorrow and in years from now. The main theme of the book is performance management, problem analysis, problem solving, future constraints prognosis and human performance in organisations.
These are at least the topics I paid most attention to. It is an important read for every manager who is concerned with both personal and business optimization. In every dysfunctional business operation there are bottlenecks that should be identified and either optimized or eliminated.
By using our rational faculty and making the right questions we can spot the problems of every operation and at any stage. Making the right questions therefore is the first step towards tackling both our organizational and personal problems. After problem analysis and identification, the subsequent step is decision making.
We make good decisions by targeting tasks that hold the most gravity first. After successfully tackling the most important goals, only then we pay attention to secondary sub goals that are useful but not critical to system functioning.
First things should be tackled first and secondary things should be either utilized optionally or ignored completely. I cannot stress that more! Managing human performance also is covered somewhere in the end of the book. This section gives us insights into human performance management through rational communication. Every manager can handle human resource only through objective analysis of the working conditions rather than subjective points of you.
Again even in the human systems domain we apply rational thinking and analysis to come into final and objective conclusions on human productivity and performance. Oct 02, Mike Niebrzydowski rated it liked it Shelves: career-related. I took a class on this, so my opinion of the book is probably a little jaded. Highly recommend a class. It does have some somewhat interesting examples. Feb 07, Carl Ackermann rated it it was amazing.
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