"This is a fantastic book on giving advice, receiving
advice and getting your advice accepted. . . ."
Heinz M. Kabutz
The Java Specialists' Newsletter
. . an irreverent, funny, provocative, satirical but true look at those thousands
of professionals, as well as con men, who call themselves consultants."
President, Applied Data Research, Inc.
you are an independent consultant or an employee consulting internally, you'll
find a lot of wisdom in this book. As with most of his books, Gerald Weinberg
illustrates his points with entertaining and memorable stories."
Quality Tree Consulting
"Much of the advice given in this book can be applied across
all areas of the spectrum, both in job classification and function.
knows this arena very well. He dispenses invaluable advice in the form of simple
folkish sayings that you should post on the wall and repeat several times a
day. . . . The best advice often has a homespun flavor, and these consulting aids,
sometimes complex only in their simplicity, will help you plot a path to a successful
business as a consultant . . . If you want to know what makes a consultant work,
either because you want to use one or be one, then this is the book you must read.
By seeing the view from both sides of the fence, you can plot a successful strategy,
independent of whether you are the giver or receiver of the advice."
Charles Ashbacher Technologies
posted on Amazon.com
". . . exciting and provocative,
bringing fresh insights and perspectives."
"It really does contain those little secrets
. . . should make you far more effective for your clients, and far more comfortable
". . . a great learning experience. There are some pointers for everyone!"
"There is much of value in this
book for the system professional . . . and highly practical help to anyone who
must advise others."
Journal of Systems
". . . an outstanding guide for anyone who has
thought of becoming a 'consultant.'"
". . . educative, entertaining, and
ICCA's the Independent
"In this book Gerald Weinberg uses entertaining prose
littered with humorous paradoxes, dilemmas and contradictions to share his ideas
on how to deal with people and organizations to help them change. This book is
full of ideas on how to work with people to get them to adopt new ideas."
The Process Group
"Secrets of Consulting, by
Gerald Weinberg, is much more than about giving advice successfully. It's a guide
that recognizes and respects the individuality and freedom of each person you
deal within business and social dealings. It's a clear-eyed and clever and fun
to read. Highly recommended."
from How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World:
A Handbook for Personal Liberty
though Gerald M. Weinberg wrote this masterpiece about twenty years ago, you will
be amazed to discover how accurate and up-to-date the content is according to
today's agreed upon standards and practices. . . .the author harmonizes his wisdom
with crispy war stories coming right from the trenches and introducing the how's
and why's of a given rule or saying."
"This is a classic. Like the
best and most serious books, it is very funny. It is also, needless to say, true
-- how true, you will learn only from experience. The book does indeed contain
many secrets, but they are secret because they are hard to hear, not hard to tell
-- like many things in consulting. Weinberg is an experienced consultant and incidentally
quite a dab hand at Requirements Engineering as well."
"Weinberg has been providing expertise to organizations for
decades. His particular areas of expertise is at the intersection of how organizations
develop and deploy technology. Along with Block, Weinberg is one of the best and
most down-to-earth, accessible thinkers about the challenges of connecting your
expertise to organizational action. This is among his best compilations of advice
relevant to any of us faced with the problem."
consultant and author of the weblog McGee's Musings
have owned many books on consulting, but none of them have helped me as much as
Gerald Weinberg's The Secrets of Consulting. I can't say enough good things
about the book, but I credit the wisdom in this book for a great deal of my success.
. . . Every time I read it, I learn more. . . .
you are getting started freelancing or consulting and need to know how to price
your work, consider these rules. Then go buy that book. Really it's that good.
consultant and author
of the weblog JamesCrossman.com
". . . I thought, 'I've been doing this for 15 years, why do I
need to read someone else's impressions of what it's like to be a consultant?'
. . . After just a few pages, I kind of got the feeling I was back sitting on
the sofa next to my grandpa and he was telling me some great stories. Only thing
is, I'm a grown up now, and this guy was telling me interesting, entertaining
stories about how to be a better consultant. . . .
A LOT of books -- this one is clearly a 'must read' for anyone who's a full time
consultant, part time consultant, or has been asked to give someone advice (even
once) in their life. . ."
and author of the weblog