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Waging War on Complexity Costs is an eye-opening experience for anyone at any level of any industry. This book has real world application and common sense solutions that are essential in this tough economic environment. Whether your company is at the top of the industry or not, this is a must read to ensure you stay ahead of the complexity cancer that can creep its way into your business.
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If you have any experience in operation and strategic improvement, you will find yourself nodding your head very quickly as you move through the first few chapters. Couple of things come to mind: (a) the authors know what they are talking about on a level of detail not usually seen in books of this genre and (b) they are very serious about their subject. This book alternates between the hooks that show they understand the problem and some pretty complex analysis (for this type of book) that demonstrates they are equally knowledgeable in understanding solutions. This is a serious book for serious people who are serious about wanting to address complexity. Since about every business has complexity issues, everyone should read and understand it.
Waging War on Complexity Costs book provides the best break down on the components of complexity and how to solve the complexity mantra through various approaches and principles. It makes you really think about how complexity permeates throughout a company both in good and bad forms and what you can do to stop the bleeding. All too often complexity is not fully understood and attempts to reduce it fall flat as people don’t consider all the facets across product, process, and organization. This book shows you how the multidimensional pieces work together and how to solve across the spectrum for the biggest benefit vs death by a thousand cuts using a bottoms up approach only focusing on a piece of the puzzle. Excellent read and great application!