Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book review: Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT by Martha Heller

Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of ITBe the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT by Martha Heller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First off, I bought this book as I loved the CIO Paradox and was looking forward to new insights on the topic. Currently involved in Agile Transformations and coaching SMB's in using IT more effectively instead of efficiently I was interested in reading on how IT can position itself as 'The Business'.

Unfortunately this is merely a book full of quotes with embellishments recorded by the author. Unlike the CIO Paradox, this book doesn't provide any insights as to what to do to actually become the business being IT. It does tell the stories of some CIO's that apparently succeeded. I say apparently, because the author leaves us readers dangling. In addition, she also fails in describing the commonalities between the interviewed CIO's and their approach towards the topic.

That said, there are some extremely interesting insights from some CIO's that struck a cord with me, and I immediately understood the value of these in my day to day activities. That's why this is a 3 star book and not a 2 star.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Book review: The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin P. Williams

The Non-Designer's Design Book (Non Designer's Design Book)The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin P. Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A short little book that is helpful even after the first couple of pages. It explains thoroughly in a practical and useful way how to write texts, in any fashion. It's not so much about the text itself, but all about how to design your texts. What works and what not, where the author clearly defines 'works' as 'somebody is ready what you have written'.
Too often I struggle with writing reports, documents, blogs, CV's, cover letters etc. Fiddling around with fonts, colors, styles, etc. I now feel way more confident in that I can style my documents more effectively. And while typing this, I realize that pretty much everything I learned by reading this book has nog been consciously applied in this book review. Shame on me. I guess.

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