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Managing projects and solving difficult situations within organizations can be devilishly difficult. Complexity and uncertainty can provoke inappropriate, even counterproductive, judgments and actions. In such circumstances, you need special tools and processes to help you sort out your strategy and make better choices. Co-authors Pollyanna Pixton, Niel Nickolaisen, Todd Little and Kent McDonald provide effective mechanisms for managing projects and solving problems. They approach business decision making with careful deliberation, analytical precision and sound reasoning. Their book provides the support systems you need to weigh your options and address your business dilemmas. getAbstract finds that leaders at all levels will benefit from knowing this book’s hands-on tools.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to align your strategy with your business activities,
  • How to collaborate to benefit from your employees’ combined expertise,
  • How to diagnose project complexities and uncertainties, and
  • How to use “value models” to make better decisions.

About the Authors

The authors are all partners at Accelinnova. Pollyanna Pixton heads Evolutionary Systems. Niel Nickolaisen is strategic planning director at Headwaters, Inc. Todd Little has vast software experience. Kent McDonald has been a program manager in numerous industries.



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