The One Percent Edge



Book Title: The One Percent Edge: Small Changes That Guarantee Relevance and Build Sustainable Success
Author:  Susan Solovic
Publisher:  AMACOM
List Price:   $24.95
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication Date: February 2018 
ISBN: 9780814438800
Reviewer: Alice Chiang, PMP
Review Date: April 2018



Competition is fierce and intense day by day. Big companies, start-ups, and competitors from overseas are surrounding us. The author analyzes current business circumstance and explains to readers why companies need to find the one percent edge.

The reason is simple and easy, companies want to survive, even get more successes. Improve anything in your company and take your company to the one percent edge. This book tells us how to examine our company and directions we can go.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is composited by the foreword, the introduction,8 chapters, and the conclusion. The introduction states challenges that companies are facing. It opens a door to chapter one.

In chapter one, the author lists step by step for how companies achieve their one percent edge, and introduces the following 7 chapters focus on the one percentage by different aspects. The following 7 subjects are relevant to each other.

Subject of chapter two to eight is: Leadership Edge, Customer Edge, Product Edge, People Edge, Marketing Edge, Process Edge, and Financial Edge. Each of them begins with questions for companies. These questions are designed for examining your company’s current status. After questions, the author organizes directions you can move on. Directions come with real examples and/or numbers from published reports. When numbers have meaning that can assist readers to understand their company’s status, the author brings up tools and/or formula with explanation and examples.

After being baptized by chapters, the conclusion reminds readers that the key points and benefits had been addressed in the introduction.


6 steps in the process to achieve the one percent edge is essential procedure. Steps are: ask the tough questions, select and prioritize, create your action plan, execute, measure and review, and repeat. These steps have six sigma and project management concepts. Asking the tough questions can determine requirements. Select and prioritize can define scope. Create your action plan is planning. Execute is processing plans. Measure and review is monitoring. Repeat is practicing and implementing improvements.


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About the Reviewer

Alice Chiang, PMP

Taiwan and Texas, USA




Alice Chiang is a life-long student of project management. She has an M.B.A. and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Management and holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) and PSM I (Professional Scrum Master) certifications. Currently having 8 years of managing projects in software service for business operations, data management, and project management consulting, she enjoys working with teams to deliver satisfied software products to customers.  Alice can be contacted at [email protected]

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