Manage By Walking Around is one of the more established members of our PPM blogosphere, having premiered in July 2006. The weekly-updated blog is run by Jonathan D. Becher, an active participant in the performance management community, a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and a published author on a multitude of subjects.
“A primary goal of my blog is to provide information about performance management in a vendor-neutral way,” Jonathan says. “The inspiration for the title of the blog, Manage By Walking Around, can be found in the inaugural post. Because the term performance management gets bandied around by many different people to describe many different things, in some of my earlier posts (“Operational, Financial or IT” and “What’s In A Name”) I try to disambiguate the different uses, but in reality confusion still reigns in the market. Perhaps it’s a small consolation that continued confusion means continued reading of this blog…”
An EVP of both Enterprise Solution Marketing and Global Field Marketing at SAP, Jonathan is responsible for championing SAP’s strategy of helping organizations close the gap between strategy and execution so that they can optimize business performance.
“Manage By Walking Around focuses on how to systematically improve performance in an organization, using a combination of management style, strategy, processes, and technology,” he says. “In terms of motivation to blog, my not-so-secret passion is writing. I write on a variety of technical and non-technical topics, including fiction. This is an outlet to express myself.”
He says his audience is “primarily performance management enthusiasts but anyone interested in general management will also be interested.” In terms of his credentials, Jonathan has held a variety of CEO and other senior management roles for SAP, Pilot Software, Accrue Software, NeoVista Software and MasPar Computer Corporation. He earned his B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. in computer science from Duke University.
Jonathan says that if you don’t count a Dilbert comic he once ran, the most read post is
His three personal favourites include
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