Improve your decision making. The new and revolutionary book "Commitment" about risk management and Real Options helps you to get more control over your decisions, gain more information when you have to decide and stop making the wrong decisions. This graphic business novel brings the Real Options model in a unique and understandable format, by explaining theories in a way only Sequential Art can. Via Rose Randall, the main character of this unique graphic business novel, the reader is introduced to the challenges a project manager faces. Rose Randall is the archetypal reluctant project manager. Following a painful project failure years ago, Rose's life is cast into chaos when she is once again thrown into the role against her wishes.

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Your project has hit a bottleneck, the team is spread too thinly and Gant charts aren't helping. Do you through up your hands in despair? Which option sounds better? In Commitment, the Real Options model, clients can change their minds without sinking the project. The world presented in Commitment flips conventional understanding about managing project risk from linear, logical sequencing to open up new possibilities adapting to changing circumstances.

It's a different way of viewing risk and managing projects in dynamic and reasonably unpredictable situations. Sound good? Maassen and Matts explain, through a wonderful story line done in graphic form by artist Chris Geary, that there is a tendency to commit too early rather than leaving options open. Decisions concerning resource allocation are made… well… differently. Instead of committing your most valuable experienced players leaving them unavailable as a resource, the logic is that, because, they are the ones who have the most options, you keep them accessible.

That way, knowledge transfer is naturally built into how work gets done. And that is not all. In uncertain decision-making environments Real Options, gives the client and the project team greater flexibility so decisions can be made with greater confidence.

Consequently there is greater flexibility in working with the larger more unpredictable events that can derail a project. While Commitment is an idea born and tested on the project management world of software development, it applies equally well to life, planning a wedding or, my personal favorite, shoes.

With project management failure rates at a ridiculously high level, the Real Options flips how you see decision-making, options, and commitment on its head offering a viable alternative to traditional linear, logical approaches which are apparently not working that well in unpredictable situations. The software development world agrees. The book just won the U. Not bad for a business comic book in hard cover. And a piece of advice. While the digital version makes for portable reading, the hard cover is invaluable as a reference.

It'll change how you see your next job offer. Review by Dawna Jones.


Olav Maassen, Liz Keogh & Chris Matts on Commitment and Real Options

The new and revolutionary book "Commitment" about risk management and Real Options will help you improve your decision making! Order now and start making better decisions! Commitment is the first graphic business novel about Real Options. Writers Olav Maassen and Chris Matts introduce learning in a formats that suits the reader rather than the writer.



Olav Maassen is an experienced project manager and consultant and Chris Matts is a consultant who specializes in developing risk management and trading systems for investment banks. Liz Keogh appears as herself in the book, and is an independent Lean and Agile consultant. Each year Agile Alliance brings together attendees, speakers, authors, luminaries, and industry analysts from around the world in a one-of-a-kind conference. The Conference is considered the premier Agile event of the year, and provides a week-long opportunity to engage in wide-open interaction, collaboration and sharing of ideas with peers and colleagues within the global Agile community. Olav : Thank you very much. Chris : Thank you very much. Olav : I think it started in , was it, or when we met Luke Hohmann who recommended the book by Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics, as a teaching tool and then we decided that would be a great idea to present the ideas that we were working on.

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