Reviews of the Book

Since its publication in June 2010, the Jazz Process book has been recognised for its unique content and thought-provoking perspectives on collaboration and innovation and agility.

“The Jazz Process will open your eyes to a different way of thinking about teams, business, and software development. It’s a huge payback for the time invested in reading it.”

Bill Wagner, C# expert and author of three books. August 3, 2010. Read the full review.

“Aside from appreciating the base metaphor, I also like the content a lot. It includes a number of insights that are common (hire good performers, enable them to lead as needed, watch the health of the team) and some that are not. The discussion of feedback loops and “hunting” is particularly rare. Even rarer, it discusses the good and bad points of its advice, instead of merely advocating One True Way.”

Elizabeth Zwicky for ;login:, the USENIX magazine. October 2010. Read the full review.

“Teaches how to collaborate more effectively both within the team and with customers and outside interests. A top pick for any business collection!”

Midwest Book Review. October 2010. Read the full review.

“The Jazz Process provides a very engaging discussion of innovation and innovation processes. Cho provides ample discussion of jazz to support his arguments and provides nine pages of excellent references for further examination. Cho’s examination of innovation and collaboration through the lens of music offers an interesting view of collaboration and creativity in innovation processes.”

Seetharam C. Deevi for AllBusiness. November 1, 2010. Read the full review.

“I found the book useful because it made me more aware of how to be a good team member. For people who want to improve the performance of a team, this book may be particularly helpful. There is a lot to take in in this book, which is a credit to Cho’s experience and dedication to the Jazz Process which he has elaborated. Furthermore, as someone who works in both music and IT, it does make sense and fit in with my experience, unlike some business books I have read in the past. Overall it is very good.”

Jennifer Griffiths for IT Knowledge Exchange. November 22, 2010. Read the full review.

“A deep exploration of collaborative know-how…a concept of leadership and teamwork that’s well suited for the Google-age workplace. getAbstract recommends this innovative book to human resources professionals, executives and managers needing new harmonies, and employees who know they could make a better contribution if only someone would let them play a solo.”

Robert Dobelli for getAbstract. November 26, 2010. Read the full review.

“I really enjoy reading this book that propose a deep and interesting perspective on the team dimension of software development with multiple references to the jazz and sports domains…The flow of the book is very good, making it enjoyable to read and a recapitulation at the end of each chapter points out the main ideas conveyed in the text. I will recommend this book to every people involved in software development, especially at the management level. It is full of interesting thoughts on the topic that you will enjoy even more if you are in addition fan of jazz and sport.”

Franco Martinig for Software Development Books. December 8, 2010. Read the full review.

“Both books on innovation address the subject passionately and informatively. The Jazz Process is about team building and collaboration; Innovate the Future is about targeting a market segment and implementing a product successfully. They are vastly different applications of innovation, but could be attractive to someone who is looking for that particular innovative niche.”

Carolyn Rodda Lincoln for American Society of Quality (reviewing The Jazz Process as one of two books). December, 2010. Read the full review (requires site registration).

“It was with much joy that I jumped into Adrian Cho’s The Jazz Process and bought into his illustrative mental model for better understanding how collaborative performances should occur with diverse talent. As a management consultant and executive leadership coach, I have been able to expand my tool kit and framework through Cho’s fine work. What makes this book incredibly useful is Cho’s journalistic approach to expanding his solid credentials in the agile development space with in-depth stories concerning special moments in jazz history or professional basketball championships.”

Rodolfo F. Engmann for StickyMinds. February 2011. Read the full review.