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The Next Leap in Productivity: What Top Managers Really Need to Know about Information Technology

ISBN: 978-0-470-39811-1
187 pages
February 2009
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How much should top management really care about IT? That’s the question Adam Kolawa bluntly poses in this feisty and compelling book. “The Next Leap in Productivity” goes far beyond traditional business books written for the CIO community. It tackles crucial issues such as productivity, efficiency and quality management. It makes the case for applying the principles of Deming and Juran to software development. Then it takes a “leap,” arguing that huge potential increases in IT productivity can lead to enormous increases in enterprise productivity. In this sense, “The Next Leap in Productivity” is a truly visionary book.

Software vendors and CIOs who read this book will discover a software development process that is transparent, practical and efficient. Non-technical C-level executives (CEOs, CFOs, COOs, etc.) will discover a blueprint for improving corporate productivity and dramatically reducing operating costs.

For the past decade, CIOs have been urged, coaxed, counseled and exhorted to act more like CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other C-level executives. This book suggests that it’s time for CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other C-level executives to start acting more like CIOs. “The Next Leap in Productivity” will appeal to anyone involved in buying, selling, developing or using IT.

Advance Praise for “The Next Leap in Productivity”
“Adam’s book is a challenge to all the top managers who’ve stopped caring about IT. His message is simple: If you really care about IT, you find ways to make IT more productive. The improvements you achieve in IT productivity can then be leveraged into huge leaps in productivity at the enterprise level. This book offers a roadmap for translating IT productivity into business profit. Adam’s argument is worth reading and worth considering as you formulate your IT strategies and plan your IT budgets.”--Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus, CIO magazine

“Adam lays the groundwork for a common language that can be used to bridge the chasms between IT and other essential components of the business such as finance, product development, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Everyone who reads this book will learn valuable lessons that can be leveraged to improve returns on human capital investments at every level of the organization. Adam’s concepts have the potential to boost levels of confidence and performance throughout the enterprise.”-- Michael Minelli, Co-author, Partnering with the CIO

“These kinds of productivity principles are not mere theory. When we put these same principles into effect, our productivity went up more than we had thought possible. And our employee morale went up, too. It became easier to write code the right way and harder to make stupid mistakes. This new way of creating software makes it possible for us to concentrate on what we really want to do here at Cisco, which is to improve the Internet for everybody.”-- Andy Chessin, Senior Technical Lead, Cisco, Inc.

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Foreword.

Introduction.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1: Success Depends on Innovation and Innovation, and Innovation Depends on Information Technology.

Chapter 2: Who Is Driving Your IT Strategy?

Chapter 3: Read My Lips: IT is an Asset.

Chapter 4: Achieving a Quantum Leap in Developer Productivity.

Chapter 5: The SOA Imperative.

Chapter 6: Achieving a Quantum Leap in Enterprise Productivity.

Afterword.

Recommended Reading.

Glossary.

Endnotes.

About the Author.

Index.

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Adam Kolawa, PhD, is CEO and cofounder of Parasoft, a respected global provider of software solutions and services. He has been granted sixteen patents for his recent inventions, was awarded the Los Angeles Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the software category and was recognized by eWeek as one of the 100 Most Influential People in IT. He is the coauthor of Automated Defect Prevention: Best Practices in Software Management, published by Wiley, as well as Bulletproofing Web Applications.
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Portions of Chapters 4 and 5 first appeared in the book we co-authored (Dorota Huizinga and Adam Kolawa, Automated Defect Prevention: Best Practices in Software Management, John Wiley & Sons, 2007). Figure 4.1 Deming’s Defect Prevention Applied to a Phase in the Software Development Process Source: Automated Defect Prevention: Best Practices in Software Management, Dorota Huizinga and Adam Kolawa; Copyright © 2007, John Wiley & Sons. Reprinted with permission of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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