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by Adrian Cho

"An insider’s guide to translating the creative techniques of jazz to the business world.”

Scott Berkun, author of The Myths of Innovation

What Can Your Team Learn From Jazz Musicians?

Experienced jazz musicians apply specific principles to collaborate, execute, and manage change in real time--delivering extraordinary innovation in the face of non-stop pressure and risk. Now, jazz musician and collaboration expert Adrian Cho shows how you can use the same principles to dramatically improve any team’s performance.

Cho systematically introduces the Jazz Process and demonstrates how it can help cross-functional teams improve teamwork, innovation, and execution. You’ll learn new ways to encourage and integrate strong individual contributions from passionate and committed practitioners, and give them maximum autonomy while making sure your project’s “music” never degenerates into chaotic “noise.”

Through multiple case studies, Cho shows you how high-performance teams achieve their success.

• Master five core principles of working in teams: use just enough rules, employ top talent, put the team first, build trust and respect, and commit with passion

• Establish a realistic framework for effective, continuous execution

• Collaborate more effectively with team members, consumers, customers, partners, and suppliers

• Master the essentials of team execution: listening for change, leading on demand, acting transparently, and making every contribution count

• Reduce the “friction” associated with collaboration--and increase the synergy

• Use form, tempo, pulse, and groove to maintain constructive momentum

• Learn about the importance of healthy projects and teams

• Innovate by exchanging ideas and taking the right measured risks

• For every practitioner, leader, and manager interested in getting better results

Download The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility epub
ISBN: 0321636457
ISBN13: 978-0321636454
Category: Technology
Subcategory: Programming
Author: Adrian Cho
Language: English
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (June 18, 2010)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1969 kb
FB2 size: 1922 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 539
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An outstanding exploration into the parallels of Jazz and business execution methodologies, with a focus on agile management. Highly recommended for those looking for interdisciplinary links between art and commerce.
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.
This book was a perfect resource, as I'm looking to carry ideas from music into the workplace. The author provides advanced examples and depth, which I thought were just right, being a long-time jazz pianist, and business leader.

One of the strongest aspects is the blend in viewpoints related to both musicians and listeners. Several points address performers or those who 'execute the process'; other ideas focus on those who are affected by results, or the way that music is created.

Another positive: techniques go beyond process steps or methods. Communications, emotional connections and relationships among the musicians are woven into the discussion. Content around Agile software development methods is mentioned, though the book doesn't dwell on this. That's fine, given that much has already been written about this.

Only a few publications in the market bridge 'music/innovation' and business processes. "Jazz Process" will be a really useful book to people interested in the topic, along with "Yes to the Mess" (Frank Barrett).