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Standish Team gives “Connections” a CHAOS Rating: 4 out of 5 butterflies. Connections was written by James Burke. The purpose of the book is to look at some of the great inventions through history. It chronicles how one invention builds onto another invention that leads to more inventions. In some cases, the inventor starts out to invent one thing, only to find a whole invention for something totally different. The author has examples of invention failures that led to breakthrough products and services. The book consists of several history lessons that bring you through the ages on how our modern world was built. The three takeaways from this book are: First, without connections there can be no success or progress; second, success is a building process based on past work; and third, success is not an island and does not happen in a vacuum. Success requires the cooperation and execution of particularly connected people. For the project environment, having the right links and doing the right things the right way at the right time will improve a project's chances for success. This is especially important when doing a Panda Bear or high-risk/high-reward project.

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Bookworms is a group of Standish and non-Standish contributors that like to read books and who spends a lot of time reading and studying. Bookworms provide reviews with a rating from 5 (best) to 1 (worst) butterflies. The rating is based on the value of the information to project managers, sponsors, and the general success of projects. Bookworms include Jim Johnson, Mark Snow, Jennifer Lynch, and Jim Crear.
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