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Managing Priorities

How to Create Better Plans and Make Smarter Decisions

By Harry Max

To be published: May 2024
Paperback: 232 pages
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-959029-26-7
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-959029-00-7

Managing Priorities is your guide to prioritizing anything—anytime and anywhere. Harry Max digs into the best practices for prioritization at Apple, DreamWorks, NASA, Adobe, Google, Microsoft, and beyond, and brings them together in a single, practical method that you can apply step by step.

Who Should Read This Book?

Every business person who is even remotely interested in prioritization should read Managing Priorities. Whatever you need to prioritize—tasks, goals, OKRs, projects——this book is for you. Specific chapters are dedicated to what needs to happen and when for individuals, teams, and whole organizations.

Takeaways

  • Learn what prioritization is.
  • Gain insight into the costs of not prioritizing intentionally.
  • Explore different methods of prioritization, including the Eisenhower Matrix, the Analytic Hierarchy Process, the Max Priorities Pyramid, Paired Comparison, Stack Ranking, and more (highlighted in the Appendix).
  • Apply the author’s DEGAP® method of prioritization with its five phases: Decide, Engage, Gather, Arrange, Prioritize.
  • Identify, understand, and address your current state or lack of prioritization (the context of your problem, the people involved, and the issues surrounding timing).
  • Use a scale to differentiate items to prioritize and arrange them appropriately.
  • Select an approach to prioritization that works for your specific situation.
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Managing Priorities is your guide to prioritizing anything—anytime and anywhere. Harry Max digs into the best practices for prioritization at Apple, DreamWorks, NASA, Adobe, Google, Microsoft, and beyond, and brings them together in a single, practical method that you can apply step by step.

Who Should Read This Book?

Every business person who is even remotely interested in prioritization should read Managing Priorities. Whatever you need to prioritize—tasks, goals, OKRs, projects——this book is for you. Specific chapters are dedicated to what needs to happen and when for individuals, teams, and whole organizations.

Takeaways

  • Learn what prioritization is.
  • Gain insight into the costs of not prioritizing intentionally.
  • Explore different methods of prioritization, including the Eisenhower Matrix, the Analytic Hierarchy Process, the Max Priorities Pyramid, Paired Comparison, Stack Ranking, and more (highlighted in the Appendix).
  • Apply the author’s DEGAP® method of prioritization with its five phases: Decide, Engage, Gather, Arrange, Prioritize.
  • Identify, understand, and address your current state or lack of prioritization (the context of your problem, the people involved, and the issues surrounding timing).
  • Use a scale to differentiate items to prioritize and arrange them appropriately.
  • Select an approach to prioritization that works for your specific situation.
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Table of Contents

Part I – Why Prioritize?

Chapter One: The Missing Ingredient
Chapter Two: The Power of Priorities

Part II – Trust the Process

Chapter Three: Deciding to Prioritize Intentionally
Chapter Four: Engage in the Process
Chapter Five: Gather Items to Prioritize
Chapter Six: Arrange Items and Related Information
Chapter Seven: Prioritize Items

PART III – Putting Process into Practice

Chapter Eight: Better Options for Better Outcomes (Episodic Solo Prioritizing)
Chapter Nine: Beyond Getting Things Done (Periodic Solo Prioritizing)
Chapter Ten: Team Priorities
Chapter Eleven: Sustaining Team Success
Chapter Twelve: Setting Priorities at Scale
Chapter Thirteen: Priorities for Annual/Strategic Planning
Conclusion: Or, How to Finally Own Your Timeline

Sample Chapter

This is a sample chapter from Harry Max’s book Managing Priorities: How to Create Better Plans and Make Smarter Decisions. 2024, Rosenfeld Media.

Chapter 1: The Missing Ingredient

It was autumn of 2014 in the Northwest, and the first time I’d been to Tacoma, Washington. This wasn’t an obvious hotel for a corporate workshop—not boutique-y at all—more like the “ranch-style, you-could-be-any where” type. The breakfast room had community tables draped with synthetic white tablecloths, so writing a to-do list on them with my Space Pen was out of the question.

Staring back at me through the glass sneeze guard were scrambled eggs, floppy bacon, oily sausages, and partially cooked hash browns. I set the halves of my bagel on the toaster conveyor belt, round-side down. Another day, another hotel breakfast.

I was hopeful that the 21st Century Leadership workshop I was here to attend would be a good change of pace. I’d been sent to Tacoma by Rackspace, the San Antonio–based cloud-computing company where I’d been working as VP of Product & Experience Design for several years. The senior leadership team (SLT) had suggested that this conference, and perhaps some time away from corporate headquarters, could do me some good.

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