O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: November 2009
Run time: 3 hours 55 minutes

Scott Berkun, author of the bestselling The Myths of Innovation, uses valuable insights from the past as well as challenging in-class exercises to help you develop the leadership skills and knowledge you need to manage innovative people and projects.

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      5.0

      Thorough and thought-provoking

      By Aaron Sumner

      from Lawrence KS

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video:

      I'm a big fan of Scott Berkun's work. His book The Myths of Innovation, was a favorite read of mine from last year. If you've read that book and want reinforcement of the practices it suggests, or are looking for a video alternative, this O'Reilly Master class video may be a good pick. It's a recording of Berkun leading a workshop on the topic of innovation, I'm guessing from around the time of the book's first edition's release. While being in the actual room the day of the workshop is likely the ideal, this high-quality video recording is the next best thing.

      Like the book, Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects pulls heavily from Berkun's thorough research on history's great innovators and his own experience as a project manager at Microsoft. It's a dense video, packing a day's worth of material into four hours. His presentation style works well in this situation—it's a little bit of storytelling, a little bit of sharing his own reflections on those stories, and a lot of drawing out reflections from participants (and viewers). Along the way Berkun shares a number of exercises, metrics, and general advice for the would-be innovator, whether that person is leading a team at a large organization or going it alone in the garage at nights.

      The video itself is high enough quality that I wasn't distracted by technical issues, but it is apparent that O'Reilly has honed their approach to the Master Class series since producing Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects. More recent videos I've seen from this series were produced in a controlled environment with a small group of participants and multiple camera angles, and ultimately for the sole purpose of producing online. This video uses a more traditional approach by capturing a standard workshop—single-camera-in-the-back, focused on the presenter, occasional sounds and minor distractions as workshop participants move chairs. The drawback is that it's difficult to hear what participants are saying at times. Headphones helped for me.

      Is this video strictly necessary if you've already read The Myths of Innovation? While the two cover similar ground, I found the video to be good reinforcement to the lessons learned that Berkun shares in the book. The inclusion of exercises to lead yourself and/or your team through to generate ideas, assess the risk associated with them, and identify and manage the resources necessary to make them real is a great addition to your inventor's or project manager's library.

      Note: I wrote this review for O'Reilly's Blogger Review Program.

       
      5.0

      Great class, I got more than the expecte

      By Dolfuz

      from Guadalajara, MX

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video:

      I got this video to write a review and it's true that I got a lot more than the expected, Scott Berkum has an excellent way to explain how you can face not only breakthrough projects but any kind of project.

      This video shows a big picture of the good environment, prerequisites and techniques to create new things. The class also has a good amount of ideas, tips and great explanation about how to use creativity and why is so hard to find it in some companies.

      Another great thing is all the tips about how to deal with different teams and facing some realities about risks and business. Knowledge that I used in real work teams as soon as I saw this class.

      The class is focused more in creativity (as you can see in the size of each topic) and most of the time is taking the point of view that you are the project leader or someone who has near contact with the project leader, but even if you aren't the leader you can learn a lot because all the topics has excellent information backed up by lot of resources.

       
      4.0

      how to lead the innovators

      By Michal Konrad Owsiak

      from Poland

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video:

        I like Scott's approach to giving lectures. He makes it half formal half informal and he has this "natural" flow when it comes to performing. It makes acquiring the knowledge easier. What you get here is the knowledge wrapped such way it is easier to swallow.

        Leading and Managing is devoted to growing new and good at the same time ideas. Well, in fact how to manage people who are expected to invent "things". In first part Scott presents the basics, he tries to define what good ideas are and how to distinguish them from bad ones. He tells quite interesting stories which will probably entertain you while at the same time provide with the knowledge. Succeeding parts are related to the topics that will help you manage the innovation process. Scott tries to provide you with a Swiss knife for inventor, well for the manager who works with inventors, as a matter of fact. You will learn how reducing team size may influence the process, how to protect the people and what does it mean to protect them, how to deal with authorities and how to choose right people for right tasks. Scott is rather pragmatic, that's why he focuses on the experiment as a basis for any innovation. There is quite a bunch of people, mostly among the philosophers, who would argue with this thesis, but this is not that important. The part I really enjoyed was devoted to role definition. It's good to know how roles may influence anything we do in a team.

        There is a lot of material within this video – you have to have almost four hours to spend if you want to watch it through. But it pays of, I can tell. There is, however, one drawback. This is why I am not giving here maximum score. The sound quality is very poor when Scott's audience takes over. Each time people in class spoke it was hard to follow – because of the volume, it was way too low.

        As a side note, I really liked Scott's question regarding bad day, or bad week. This was good one. You will know what I am talking about after you watch the video :)

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