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Jazz Process, The: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility, 1st edition

  • Adrian Cho

Published by Addison-Wesley Professional (June 8th 2010) - Copyright © 2010

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ISBN-13: 9780132117449

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Build Software the Way Jazz Musicians Play Great Music!


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

Table of contents

List of Figures     xv

Foreword     xvi

Preface     xx

Acknowledgments     xxiii

About the Author     xxv

Introduction     1



Chapter 1  Use Just Enough Rules     21

The Need for Rules     21

Employing Just Enough Rules     23

Breaking the Rules     26

Defining a Process     28

Documenting a Process     30

Evolving and Improving a Process     32


Chapter 2  Employ Top Talent     35

The Human Element     35

Individuality     37

The Importance of Awareness     40

Enabling Organizational Agility     44

Managing Human Resources     45


Chapter 3  Put the Team First     47

Putting the Team First     47

Absorbing Mistakes as a Team     49

Avoiding Groupthink     51

Team Awareness     52

Acknowledging Everyone’s Efforts     53

Avoiding Team Elitism     54


Chapter 4  Build Trust and Respect     57

Trust and Respect     57

Benefits of Trust and Respect     58

Developing Trust and Respect     60

Acknowledging Efforts and Results     63

When Trust and Respect Are Lost     65


Chapter 5  Commit with Passion     69

Commitment     69

Less Work Requires More Commitment     71

Be Willing to Make Mistakes     74

Those Who Support the Team     77

Performing with Passion     78

Performing in Social Media     80



Essentials of Execution     85

Feedback and the Birth of Cybernetics     86

Feedback Loops     87

Hunting Cause 1: Trying Too Hard     89

Hunting Cause 2: Reacting Too Slowly     90

Breaking Out of Positive Feedback Loops&n

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