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The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity
The powers of creative thinking can be yours if you're willing to laugh and learn in this concise, cliche free and memorable short book. With challenging chapters on topics like creative confidence, making bold decisions, and separating the need for feedback from the desire for encouragement, even if you've read other books on the subject or if this is your first, The Dance of The Possible will surprise you, make you think, laugh and perhaps even dance when you get back to work
Author: Scott Berkun
Published by: Berkun Media LLC | Publication date: 03/13/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 249 pages

The Myths of Innovation
In this new paperback edition of the classic bestseller, you'll be taken on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world. With four new chapters on putting the ideas in the book to work, updated references and over 50 corrections and improvements, now is the time to get past the myths, and change the world.You'll have fun while you learn:
  • Where ideas come from
  • The true history of history
  • Why most people don't like ideas
  • How great managers make ideas thrive
  • The importance of problem finding
  • The simple plan (new for paperback)
Since its initial publication, this classic bestseller has been discussed on NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and at Yale University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google,, and other major media, corporations, and universities around the world. It has changed the way thousands of leaders and creators understand the world. Now in an updated and expanded paperback edition, it's a fantastic time to explore or rediscover this powerful view of the world of ideas."Sets us free to try and change the world."--Guy Kawasaki, Author of Art of The Start"Small, simple, powerful: an innovative book about innovation."--Don Norman, author of Design of Everyday Things"Insightful, inspiring, evocative, and just plain fun to read. It's totally great."--John Seely Brown, Former Director, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)"Methodically and entertainingly dismantling the cliches that surround the process of innovation."--Scott Rosenberg, author of Dreaming in Code; cofounder of"Will inspire you to come up with breakthrough ideas of your own."--Alan Cooper, Father of Visual Basic and author of The Inmates are Running the Asylum"Brimming with insights and historical examples, Berkun's book not only debunks widely held myths about innovation, it also points the ways toward making your new ideas stick."--Tom Kelley, GM, IDEO; author of The Ten Faces of Innovation
Author: Scott Berkun
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 08/13/2010
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 248 pages

Confessions of a Public Speaker
In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you'll get new insights into the art of persuasion -- as well as teaching, learning, and performance -- directly from a master of the trade.Highlights include:
  • Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC
  • Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong
  • The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why
  • The worst -- and funniest -- disaster stories you've ever heard (plus countermoves you can use)
Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real-life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.
Author: Scott Berkun
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 10/20/2009
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 240 pages

Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly))
In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask.Topics in this new edition include:
  • How to make things happen
  • Making good decisions
  • Specifications and requirements
  • Ideas and what to do with them
  • How not to annoy people
  • Leadership and trust
  • The truth about making dates
  • What to do when things go wrong
Complete with a new forward from the author and a discussion guide for forming reading groups/teams, Making Things Happen offers in-depth exercises to help you apply lessons from the book to your job. It is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project.Coming from the rare perspective of someone who fought difficult battles on Microsoft's biggest projects and taught project design and management for MSTE, Microsoft's internal best practices group, this is valuable advice indeed. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.
Author: Scott Berkun
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 03/25/2008
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 410 pages

The Ghost of My Father
From bestselling author Scott Berkun comes this powerful story about family, identity and self-discovery. A captivating and honest exploration of who we are, and how we must choose our own way forward in life no matter what happens to us. Berkun's relationship with his father defined him, until he chose to try and define himself. With thoughtful stories that explore the meaning of Darth Vader, the mysteries of Frankenstein and the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen, Berkun combines themes from his own life with famous films and legends, to help readers ask universal questions about the first adults we know in our lives.Scott Berkun is the author of five popular books and his work as a writer and speaker has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. Join his mailing list for his latest essays, lectures and projects at
Author: Scott Berkun
Published by: Berkun Media | Publication date: 10/20/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 203 pages

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager: A FranklinCovey Title
No project management training? No problem!In today’s workplace, employees are routinely expected to coordinate and manage projects. Yet, chances are, you aren’t formally trained in managing projects—you’re an unofficial project manager.FranklinCovey experts Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood understand the importance of leadership in project completion and explain that people are crucial in the formula for success.Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager offers practical, real-world insights for effective project management and guides you through the essentials of the people and project management process:InitiatePlanExecuteMonitor/ControlCloseUnofficial project managers in any arena will benefit from the accessible, engaging real-life anecdotes, memorable “Project Management Proverbs,” and quick reviews at the end of each chapter.If you’re struggling to keep your projects organized, this book is for you. If you manage projects without the benefit of a team, this book is also for you. Change the way you think about project management—"project manager" may not be your official title or necessarily your dream job, but with the right strategies, you can excel.
Published by: BenBella Books | Publication date: 04/07/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 258 pages

The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work
A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success 50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods? To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future.
  • Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results
  • Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity
  • Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (
The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.
Author: Scott Berkun
Published by: Jossey-Bass | Publication date: 08/20/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 277 pages

Making Things Special: Tech Design Leadership from the Trenches
Every beautifully crafted software user experience has the fingerprints of talented designers all over it. And yet, most technology teams are not led by designers. Even non-design led organizations can be hospitable homes for great designers, but most are not. If you're a designer looking to lead your organization to a future of making finely crafted software that customers fall in love with, then this book is for you. While there is no magic bullet, this book is a detailed discussion of a framework and values system in which designers can not only thrive but grow to lead engineering teams to create amazing software user experiences.
Published by: Jackson Fish Market | Publication date: 11/12/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 120 pages

Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds
This definitive best-of collection of one of the web’s best young writers is packed with provocations and entertainments, guaranteed to make you think and smile. You’ll learn to find passion, think free, manage time, pay attention and more. Fast paced, inspiring and memorable, you'll find new ideas and inspirations on every page.Essays include:- How to be a free thinker- The Cult of busy- Why smart people defend bad ideas- Street smarts vs. Book smarts- Hating vs. loving- Why the world is a mess- How to make a difference
Author: Scott Berkun
Published by: Berkun Media, LLC | Publication date: 10/21/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 196 pages

The ART of Successful Project Management
From the Author:Most project management books focus on what I call the "science" of project management; the tools, processes and procedures. The ART of Successful Project Management focuses on the people skills a project manager needs to become highly successful. Those include leadership, language and communication skills. Written by a business executive with over 40 years of experience, this book will add a powerful dimension to every project managers' toolkit.
Published by: HCBA, LLC | Publication date: 09/27/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 71 pages
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