Move Fast & Fix Things



Book Title:  Move Fast & Fix Things: The Trusted Leader’s Guide to Solving Hard Problems
Authors: Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
List Price: $30.00
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication Date: October 2023
ISBN: 978-1-64782-287-3
Reviewer: Chris Knox, PMP, WMCP
Review Date: November 2023


“Move Fast and Fix Things” presents a detailed manual for implementing successful change management strategies applicable to organizations of every scale. Central to the book’s approach is the vital aspect of fostering trust as a catalyst for driving meaningful change. The guide provides actionable, day-to-day tasks designed to fulfill this objective. These tasks not only delineate the daily objectives but also provide essential considerations for navigating them, accompanied by checkpoints to gauge progress and measure success in task completion.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book employs a weekly framework, using days of the week as primary divisions to address key concepts. Each day (chapter) centers around a core concept, featuring a comprehensive agenda outlining tasks to be accomplished within the conceptual framework. It also includes essential materials or considerations necessary for executing the daily agenda. The book incorporates “Gut Checks” strategically placed throughout the chapters, serving as both pause points during the work and checkpoints to acknowledge progress. In recognizing the inherent variability in the pace of problem-solving, the book suggests that the timeframe for resolution may not strictly adhere to a fixed five-day process. Instead, it advocates for an organic determination of pace based on the specific need or complexity of the issue at hand, while emphasizing that the overall workflow of the process remains constant. The primary concepts explored in the book include:

    • Monday: Identifying Your Real Problem
    • Tuesday: Solving for Trust
    • Wednesday: Making New Friends
    • Thursday: Telling a Good Story
    • Friday: Going as Fast as You Can
    • Conclusion: Taking the Weekend Off

The overview for Monday is below as an example of how the remainder of the book is mapped out.


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How to cite this work: Knox, C. (2023). Move Fast & Fix Things: The Trusted Leader’s Guide to Solving Hard Problems, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue XII, December. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/pmwj136-Dec2023-Knox-Move-Fast-and-Fix-Things-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Chris Knox, PMP, WMCP

Dallas, TX – USA


Chris Knox is a husband, father, and friend who also happens to love business, investing, and music. Chris is a passionate and proven strategist and leader, with professional experiences in project management, strategic planning, operations, product management, business development, people development, and client experience across multiple industries. With his remarkable blend of business acumen and unwavering integrity, Chris is perpetually on the lookout for opportunities to contribute to the growth and success of organizations as an invaluable asset and a catalyst for progress.  He can be contacted at Chris@chrisknoxonline.com

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