Summary of The Jazz Process

Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility

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The Jazz Process book summary
How is your business like a great jazz band? Consider the magic meld of individual creativity and teamwork.


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Adrian Cho leads a jazz orchestra in Canada when he isn’t developing IBM software. Now he wants to tell you how Miles Davis can change your business life. Cho touts jazz units such as Davis’ immortal, innovative bands as models for high-performance teamwork. He derives 14 best practices from observing that standout performers in good jazz groups work together in an environment of alert listening and mutual respect to make great music off the cuff. He doesn’t limit his examples to jazz, finding combo cognates in basketball, auto racing and the military. The upshot is a concept of leadership and teamwork that’s well suited for the Google-age workplace. Alas, the text is dense and the graphics aren’t very helpful. Trying to parse the earnest but process-heavy prose may make you play the blues. Still, getAbstract recommends this innovative book to human resources professionals, executives and managers needing new harmonies, and employees who know they could make a better contribution if only someone would let them play a solo.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What useful practices jazz groups offer to business operations,
  • How to use the 14 principles of the “Jazz Process” and
  • How to form and shape high-performance teams.


The Joy of Collaboration
Humans have always collaborated, but simply adding more people to a work effort doesn’t necessarily mean higher productivity. The real goal is to create synergy, which is more likely to happen when a group is small – a five-member basketball team, a jazz trio – ...
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About the Author

Adrian Cho is a software development manager for IBM and a jazz bassist who directs the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra of Canada. A former management consultant, he covers teamwork at

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