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Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & flow

Written by: Dominica Degrandis
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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If someone stole your wallet, you'd notice it. So why don't people notice when they are robbed of something much more valuable than their wallet - time?

Today's workers are drowning: nonstop requests for time, days filled to the brim with meetings, and endless nights spent heroically fixing the latest problems. This churn and burn is creating a workforce constantly on the edge of burnout. 

In this timely book, IT time management expert Dominica DeGrandis reveals the real crime of the century - time theft, one of the most costly factors impacting enterprises in their day-to-day operations.

Through simple solutions that make work visible, DeGrandis helps people round up the five thieves of time and take back their lives with time-saving solutions. Chock-full of exercises, takeaways, real-world examples, and an easy-going writing style, readers will quickly learn effective practices to create high-performing workflows within an organization.

The technology world - and indeed the whole business world - is moving at a pace faster than ever before, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Instead of consigning ourselves to the pressure cooker of the modern world, it's time to elevate how we work. It's time to level up our game. It's time to make work visible.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2017 Dominica DeGrandis (P)2017 Dominica DeGrandis

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Awesome book for de ops leaders

I am amazed at the ability of the author to put words and describe my ream’s day to work life, full of interruptions, conflicting priorities,l and too much work in progress.
I am yet to implement some of the numerous solutions and tools offered in this book but I are practical and actionable

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great book for any transformation initiate

great book, really shows the benefits of using Kanban and working in the open. at first I didn't like the narrators voice, but it grew on me.

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  • Russ
  • 2018-07-02

Fantastic read!! This book is really eye opening!

I've already started implementing these practices with great success! Despite some belly-aching, my team is reaping the benefits. Wonderful read!!

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  • Rancher
  • Florida
  • 2017-12-01

Six Stars

Loved this book, my only criticism is I wish it didn’t have as much of a tech or development focus, since I’m in a Different industry. But overall superb.

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  • Yogi
  • Southern California
  • 2019-03-02

It Found My Issue

I was so overworked, just bouncing from task to task, never enjoying anything at work, wondering why my stress level was through the roof. Manager above me of course using the old "you need to delegate more". I sort of believed it, but the tactics in this book showed me the true problem. The problem of dependencies and unplanned work are revealed with her tactics. Using her methods of making my own work visible, I can address the real problem, which was never not delegating enough. Really a work changer for me. I have listened to it several times and use her methods to make my work visible, unfortunately I am just a staff worker and can't help the company with making all work visible. Pity.

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  • Lou
  • 2018-10-31

Straight forward treatise on dealing with IT work

Easy to listen to, makes total sense and something I can use at work today. it definitely spoke to me.

It should be noted that anyone listening to this should download the PDF and follow along with the diagrams. Sooner things were harder to visualize in my head without it.

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  • Cash
  • 2018-09-02

Bringing the benefits of Agile to Operations

I'm a strong believer of the Agile method in software development. But when faced with managing a devops operational group I noticed the struggle of forcing agile into the operational model of continuous small changes to the system and operations. This book helped me transform the agile Sprint methodology into a high-performing Kanban team. It has already helped a lot, and I plan to really listen to it again to incrementally improve what I've already started.Oone of the most useful books I've listened to this year.

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  • Georgiy Ivankin
  • 2018-05-22

Great book - read it!

It's a great book, and I found reading it much more rewarding than listening. Narration wasn't great (to my taste), and the book is highly structured and has great illustrations by Dominica. You will just get much more from reading it.

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  • John Trainor
  • Roswell, GA United States
  • 2018-02-19

Real practices to solve common business problems

This book provides clarity on how to identify and solve some of the most common problems in getting teams to be more productive and deliver more business value.

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  • Raidcore
  • 2019-08-22

good reader. ok book

it felt like it was missing something. worth the buy all things considered. the narrator was easy to understand and pleasant to listen to.

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  • Debo
  • 2019-08-07

A Must Read for any Industry

If your team suffers from high turnover due to burnout, or you are losing sleep over how to get through the backlog of everything that everyone wants, then this book is for you. It is relevant in any industry. A must read for new and veteran leaders alike.

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  • Watchdog
  • San Diego, California
  • 2019-08-06

Basic stuff, but does that we'll...

The reader is not my favorite, high pitch female voice, and again a little more depth here into the why, and it'd be a 5 out of 5.