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[#Giveaway #Winner] – A Guide to Execution

Giveaway Winner Alert!

We had many tweet it and a couple post.

Here is our random winner!

@TMichaelRogers

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[Giveaway] – Execution – The Discipline of Getting Things Done

GIVEAWAY!

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done – By Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

This great book was a real eye-opener for me. Here’s an extra copy. Love it!

Review:

Disciplines like strategy, leadership development, and innovation are the sexier aspects of being at the helm of a successful business; actually getting things done never seems quite as glamorous. But as Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan demonstrate in Execution, the ultimate difference between a company and its competitor is, in fact, the ability to execute.

Execution is “the missing link between aspirations and results,” and as such, making it happen is the business leader’s most important job. While failure in today’s business environment is often attributed to other causes, Bossidy and Charan argue that the biggest obstacle to success is the absence of execution. They point out that without execution, breakthrough thinking on managing change breaks down, and they emphasize the fact that execution is a discipline to learn, not merely the tactical side of business. Supporting this with stories of the “execution difference” being won (EDS) and lost (Xerox and Lucent), the authors describe the building blocks–leaders with the right behaviors, a culture that rewards execution, and a reliable system for having the right people in the right jobs–that need to be in place to manage the three core business processes of people, strategy, and operations. Both Bossidy, CEO of Honeywell International, Inc., and Charan, advisor to corporate executives and author of such books as What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards That Work, present experience-tested insight into how the smooth linking of these three processes can differentiate one company from the rest. Developing the discipline of execution isn’t made out to be simple, nor is this book a quick, easy read. Bossidy and Charan do, however, offer good advice on a neglected topic, making Execution a smart business leader’s guide to enacting success rather than permitting demise. –S. Ketchum

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[Giveaway] – iPad? Love Agile? Capture your Retrospective Notes!

Retrospectives App for iPad GIVEAWAY!

Retail Price? $2.99! YAY!

For agile developers who reflect at regular intervals on how to improve their processes, this app provides a set of discussion tools that can be used to brainstorm and energize their retrospective meetings.

While not pretending to replace the collective discussion involving physical whiteboards and stickies, this app benefits those who like to prepare inputs for retrospectives or search for an easy way to capture and share the results.

Features:

  • Touch based whiteboard and sticky notes
  • Timeline – a visual overview of the events that occurred in the retrospective period
  • Radar – helps the team to gather data on how well they are doing on a variety of measures
  • Leaning Matrix – used to to find out what is significant about the data and generate insights on what should be repeated, changed, tried as well as to congratulate team members on a job well done
  • Short Subjects – used when a quick way to review and decide what to do is needed
  • Starfish – used to reflect on various degrees of things to bring up to discussion
  • Positive / Delta – discuss things to keep and change in the next retrospective
  • Twitter and email sharing

GIMME ONE!

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We’ll choose… 3 winners! 

That is all. 🙂

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[Giveaway Winner] – How to Create a Successful Blog Business

Winner alert:

How to Build a Successful Blog Business

WINNER: Beatriz – Shoot us an email at [info AT agilescout DOT com] with address and we’ll ship it out!

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[Giveaway] – How to Build a Successful Blog Business

We’re moving into December, and for all you bloggers out there, who may want to improve their strategy as a blogger… this may just be the book for you.

How to Build a Successful Blog Business

“How to Build a Successful Blog Business is a straight forward guide to building a publishing business online that covers everything from choosing a niche to hiring staff, registering a business to selling it, finding traffic to monetizing it. Whether you are interested in creating an additional income stream or building a fully-fledged business, this is an essential read for web entrepreneurs and online publishers. Collis is a web veteran with a wealth of experience and an easy to read style. He has founded sites such as the Tuts+ network, the Envato Marketplaces, FreelanceSwitch and AppStorm which combined serve up over 50 million pageviews a month.”

If you want even more information on how to become an awesome blogger that makes cash, check out Tentblogger.com.

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