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The Book vs. The Booklet
Why did I create both The Book and
The Booklet is designed to be read in about 2 hours, and many readers confirmed this duration. It is just 20 pages at all. Not counting the front and back covers with their empty inner pages, the imprint page, the table of contents and the PaRdon commercial page, then it is just 13 pages netto. 2 hours for reading 13 pages netto is already a lot. Every reader confirmed that it is fine to get the core idea, but by far not sufficient to really understand what that means. The booklet also shows the PaRis diagram on three different levels of abstraction (the overview diagram even three times) so that every reader can take a picture with them as a reminder. The booklet is a good guide to making the take-it-or-leave-it-decision. It is also suitable as hand-out for trainings, in additions to presentations.
The Book is designed to answer all questions, explain all details and give a lot of background informations. It has as much pages and thereby as much room as needed to do so. It shall also be a guide for many years while establishing the methodical framework in the company. But not every employee, colleague and team member needs to read the book and understand the mind behind. Instead, the booklet and some training sessions with presentations should be fine for them.
The Booklet consists of the one-pager upfront, 2 pages for the challenges and the derived needs and 4 pages for the PaRis and the explanation of this solution. The following 6 pages are for tooling, KPI, organization, attitude and teasers for more aspects.
The Book also has the one-pager upfront and then starts
with page 11 as PaRamount introduction.
Then it takes 8 pages from challenge identification via need elicitation to requirements
While the booklet then directly shows the PaRis as solution, the book starts explaining
the solution from a whiteboard drawing that details the one of the introduction.
8 pages take us to the final PaRis diagrams, still leaving open some requirements
for the rest of the book.
So, The Booklet structures the content by 1, 2, 4 and additional 6 pages, while The Book structures on 1+1, 8, 8 pages in the 1st part and then many pages for the other parts. In fact, the booklet content sometimes came first and was then explained in the book in more detail, while sometimes I explained something in the book and later summarized or extracted it to the booklet. Therefore, some pages of the booklet are identical to pages in the book, while others are and extract (simply leaving out some content) or a summary (reduced to the essence). The booklet, covering the core of PaR, is ready for continuous improvement, while the book will need some more time for further details and explanations.
The Booklet is available as PDF download for free (also
in German translation), and also as print from epubli, Amazon and your local bookstore
(only in English).