Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance



pmwj36-Jul2015-Mehrooz-BOOKBook Title: Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance – The TameFlow Approach and Its Application to Scrum and Kanban
Author: Steve Tendon and Wolfram Muller
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
List Price: $64.95  
Format: Hard cover; 296 pages
Publication Date:   2015    
ISBN: 978-1-60427-106-5
Reviewer: Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP, CSM
Review Date: June 2015


Introduction to the Book

The TameFlow Approach advocates hyper productivity and better management practices.   On a glance, this approach provides an organizations the ability to adopting experimental practices with very little planning, incremental budgeting, quick execution and shorter feedback loops. It also provides the ability for creating business value through knowledge work for information based organizations.

In this book, Steve Tendon shares his experiences while working at a hyper-productive organization (Borland International) and shares various productivity pattern theories which can be replicated to target similar benefits. These patterns allow both top-down and bottom-up approach of communication and empower workers to share ideas in an open and trust based environment.

Wolfram Muller shares his knowledge of advanced agile project management, critical chain and constraint theory in hopes of providing the reader with ways to increase speed, throughput, reliability and agility. These concepts can increase Scrum and Kanban team productivity by addressing key challenges in the thinking process to improve the throughput and overall ROI of the project.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is broken down into 2 parts:

Part I covers TameFlow Principles of Hyper-Productive Knowledge Work Performance with the following chapters:

  1. A case of Software Hyper-Productivity (Borland Quattro Pro for Windows) to raise the positive seen on application of this approach
  2. Shapes and Patterns of Hyper-Productivity
  3. The Nature of Knowledge Work
  4. Management’s Profound Understanding of Knowledge Work
  5. Management’s Responsibility and Learning Organization
  6. Discovery Driven Planning
  7. Budgets Considered Harmful
  8. Created a Shared Vision at the Team Level
  9. Critical Roles, Leadership and More
  10. The Thinking Process
  11. Throughput Accounting
  12. Herbie and Kanban
  13. The Financial Metrics Supporting Unity of Purpose and Community of Trust
  14. The Kanban Method, Flow and Throughput
  15. Understanding the Impact of a Constraint
  16. The (Super-) Human Side of Flow

Part II covers Hyper-Productive Scrum and Kanban applications of TameFlow perspective with the following chapters:


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About the Reviewer

pmwj36-Jul2015-Mehrooz-PHOTONazanin Mehrooz

Texas, USA



Nazanin Mehrooz
is a certified project manager and scrum master. Nazanin started her career as a software developer and transitioned to leading mid-size teams as a functional manager and (most currently) a senior project manager in Technology Services at BNSF. Her background includes managing a portfolio of 30+ projects with budgets exceeding 15 Million USD. Nazanin is an active volunteer for the PMI Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters. Email address: [email protected]

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