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Sunday, August 24, 2003

Best Sellers (and others) -- In late June, I added Amazon.com links to the books I recommend in this weblog and in my site's reference page. One of the benefits is that I get a small kickback from Amazon if you buy through my links. To those of you who cumulatively bought almost 90 items in the last two months, I thank you for supporting my efforts here and for funding my recent Babylon 5 Season 3 DVD purchase. Another benefit is seeing not only what you choose from my recommendations, but also what you buy in the same visit. (Don't worry. I don't know who buys what...just what is bought.)

For what it's worth, the following constitutes a bakers dozen of the top sellers from my recommendations so far, with the top two far and away in a volume class by themselves...
- Strategic Navigation: A Systems Approach to Business Strategy
- Advanced Project Portfolio Management and the PMO
- Good Business: Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning
- The Measurement Nightmare
- The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle
- Throughput Accounting
- Critical Chain
- Critical Chain Project Management
- Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
- The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
- Breaking the Constraints to World-Class Performance
- It's Not Luck
- Deming and Goldratt
Kind of predictable, since two of the top three have been featured in my "currently reading" list over on the right for a while. And I mentioned "Strategic Navigation" on a TOC-intensive discussion list I participate on as well. That said, it's heartening to see the dominance of TOC-oriented books in the list as well, especially my favorite "Deming and Goldratt" sneaking in at number thirteen, since part of my mission here is to introduce more people to constraint management thinking. (Yeah, yeah...You caught me. I expanded the usual Top 10 format to the "baker's dozen" to get that last one in.)

But what is really interesting to me in the Amazon report are the other books that you have bought along with those that I'm aware of. They include (in alphabetical order)...
- Alchemical Active Imagination
** Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World
- Connecting the Dots: Aligning Projects with Objectives in Unpredictable Times
- Creating the Project Office : A Manager's Guide to Leading Organizational Change
- E-Commerce Logistics & Fulfillment: Delivering the Goods
- ERP For Dummies
- Executive's Guide to Web Services
- Google in 30 Pages or Less
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
 I'm glad to see we're not "all work and no play" around here.
- Living the 7 Habits: Stories of Courage and Inspiration
- Logistics & Fulfillment for E-Business
- On Divination and Synchronicity: The Psychology of Meaningful Chance.
** Simplicity: The New Competitive Advantage in a World of More, Better, Faster
- Simultaneous Management: Managing Projects in a Dynamic Environment
- The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action
** The Blind Men and the Elephant: Mastering Project Work
- The Heart of Change
- The Professional Service Firm 50
- The Project Management Scorecard
- The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog
hmmm...Maybe I've inspired someone with the idea of "blogging." Cool.
** Work 2.0: Rewriting the Contract
The ones marked with "**" have particularly caught my attention and will probably get a review or further mention here someday. Maybe others will catch yours.

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