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FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 29. April 2014

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“F.I.R.E. will appeal to project managers, space enthusiasts, military and tech buff s, and anyone who’s ever hired a plumber or general contractor.” (Success Magazine)

“This is no ordinary book about product development. Sure, it draws on the wisdom of great philosophers like John Cleese, Inigo Montoya, and Tom & Jerry. But it also makes a compelling case that none of us can design anything without revealing our values. ” (-Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN, DRIVE, and A WHOLE NEW MIND)

“Dan’s refreshing philosophy promotes more effective defense acquisition and offers lessons for commercial products as well. His book helps to liberate good judgment…” (-Bernard Jenkin MP (Harwich and North Essex) Chairman, PASC (Public Administration Select Committee))

“Ward blends a maestro’s range of intriguing stories with intensely practical guidance. Don’t let the references to Mr. Bean, Quantum Leap, and Firefly fool you. FIRE is a deep and powerful contribution to the innovation literature.” (-Scott Anthony)

“Dan Ward’s FIRE is a minor miracle: a fast, fun, _funny_ read on running procurement and technical processes. It is packed with insight, cutting through common wisdom to deliver rules of thumb that should be a must read for any project manager.” (-Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, Founder - Truman National Security Project)

“For decades we have paid more and more for defense technology and gotten less and less in return. Dan Ward’s FIRE approach establishes common sense principles with great promise-if we will only apply them.” (- MajGen Arnold Punaro, USMC (ret.), Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association and member of the Defense Business Board,)


Why do some projects deliver under budget and ahead of schedule, while others cost more and take longer than expected? More important, which products work better: the quick and thrifty or the slow and expensive?

In a story-filled blend of quirky pop culture and practical engineering insight, Dan Ward's F.I.R.E. answers those questions and more. Ward's extensive research and firsthand experience show how the world's top technologists consistently deliver best-in-class results on shoestring budgets and cannonball schedules, and using skeleton crews.

This remarkable book will make you laugh, make you think, and equip you to leverage the power of constraints. Discover the secrets of F.I.R.E. and learn how to:

Build strategies for speed that enhance accountability and ensure your products are well aligned with the market's needs.

Design your organizations, products, and processes with thrift in mind, solving problems with intellectual capital, not financial capital.

Unleash the power of small budgets and small teams, using short schedules, short meetings, and short documents.

Streamline your designs and cut through unnecessary, unproductive layers of bureaucracy.

But this is not just a book about how to win. With unflinching candor, Ward shows how the F.I.R.E. method, even when followed wisely and well, can result in a flop. Taking a deep look at several negative outcomes, he shows how to make failures optimal rather than epic.

F.I.R.E. provides strategic concepts for leaders, decision-making principles for managers, and practical tools for people working on anything from spacecraft and fighter jets to websites and children's toys. Technology professionals and curious amateurs alike will come away with a deeper understanding of effective product design. Plus, there's a funny story about a dishwasher that just may change the way you buy major appliances.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Principles But 1. Juli 2014
Von JJohnstone - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a retired CEO who developed more than a hundred products during my career, I understand the principles behind FIRE very well.

Rather than write a long review, I'm going to state my point of view succinctly. These principles have been around for along time in many different forms. I've been advocating them for 40 years. While I can attest to the fact that they work, I can also say they are very hard to teach. The FIRE principles are easy to understand, hard to execute properly and even harder to explain in a way that new project managers can implement successfully. While Dan's book does define the principles, it doesn't do much to teach them.

It's easy to sit and gush over the wonders of calculus. I heard many teachers do that while I was getting my engineering and math degrees. The problem came when us young want-to-be dragon slayers charged Integral Hill with our minds filled with possibilities of the Silver Stars to come. Our enthusiasm didn't last long as we realized that fire breathing dragons don't roll over for the newbie's. The vast majority of us returned with our back sides scorched and blistering.

Along with managing manufacturing companies during the 40 years that I worked, I was also a professor in the engineering and business schools at several different universities. In my early years of lecturing, I was often assigned the task of teaching calculus to the less than technical b-school students who were so afraid of dying by the fire of the dragon, they nearly killed themselves from the fear. While any teacher hates to confront a class filled with glassy eyed students who beg to be freed from their certain death, one good thing did come from it. I just didn't want to do to them what my professors had done to me by mumbling through some theory, writing a few examples on the board and giving me some practice material. Instead I decided to learn to teach. I found innovative ways to create visual images of problems using a variety of materials that made the theory palpable. And slowly the student's fear melted away, and as their confidence grew, the dragon shrank. No more smell of roasted flesh, and a few even wanted more.

When I got the book, I had hoped that Dan would teach the principles of FIRE so they were more than interesting stories. I'm never going to design a new submarine. I generally don't like to help design anything that's too big to fit on my desk. But even with that limitation, I have done really well.

I was hoping the book would be so good at explaining FIRE that I could pass it along and help others understand what I know about getting projects done. Unfortunately after reading the book, I didn't think the people I wanted give it to would be able to execute the principles of FIRE from this explanation, and in fact, might screw up a few projects trying.

Hopefully in Dan's second book, he'll catch the vision of what I'm talking about and bring it to table for all of us, regardless of our experience, to enjoy and share with others.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thought-provoking and Relatable 8. Juli 2014
Von Steve Behm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The best way to learn is to hear a good storyteller talk in simple, straightforward terms that use relatable specific examples to reinforce the stories. F.I.R.E. accomplishes this teaching masterfully. Dan Ward's style hooks you in with something that you can understand and relate to, then makes his point in a way you're sure to remember. I guarantee every time I look at a ridiculously long and over complicated PowerPoint presentation, I'm going to wonder who got stoned before hitting "save". The F.I.R.E. approach, while not difficult to comprehend, is reinforced with great historical and current examples and leaves you nodding your head saying, "I can do that!" He clearly believes in this approach, but also paints it into a frame of reality by illustrating when it is or is not applicable. And while Dan's commitment to this approach is clear and resounding, it never comes off as preachy. F.I.S.T is a great cultural thought piece told in a clear, understandable, and fun way by a brilliant storyteller.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Innovative approach to Innovation! 6. Mai 2014
Von Andrew Deardorff - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I think this book is terrific. As a self-proclaimed systems acquisition professional, I've read a lot of books detailing how and why things go wrong (and occasionally right) on defense programs and projects. Dan Ward's Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant method for product development, as well as his engaging and fun writing style, present a great antidote to much of the doom and gloom defense acquisition literature out there. The principles for product development that Dan outlines and illuminates are applicable far beyond the defense industry, however, and I finished his book with an encouraged and positive feeling that no matter what I might be working on, the F.I.R.E. approach would help to make the outcome better.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must Read!!! 7. Mai 2014
Von Little Deb - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wow!!! This book is a "must read" for leadership in government service, corporate management and project leaders at every level! It's easy to understand, entertaining and provides clear insight on how to deliver a superior product or service in the fastest, most effective, simplistic and inexpensive way. I now know what I'm getting my employees for Christmas this year!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely fantastic book 7. Mai 2014
Von W. Goodman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
FIRE is rare indeed: a combination business process and systems engineering book that will keep the reader highly entertained. In the book, Ward treats us to an outstanding and cogent rendering of a simple, yet not simplistic, set of concepts to help folks in the program management and engineering disciplines think differently (and I would argue, better) about what makes a project or program, "good." Ward treats the reader to some great stories and a lot of laughs, and compellingly argues against complexity for its own sake. Instead, he convincingly argues that the challenges imposed by intentional design restraint unlock a better end product. There are clear lessons for the military technology and requirements communities, and I hope they will read this book and heed its message!
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