The AMA Handbook of Project Management

Author: Paul C. Dinsmore,Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814433405

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 576

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A must-read for any project management professional or student. Projects are the life blood of any organization. Revised to reflect the latest changes to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(R)) and the Project Management Professional Exam(R), the fourth edition of The AMA Handbook of Project Management provides readers with a clear overview of a complex discipline. Covering everything from individual projects to programs and strategic alignment, it addresses: Project initiation and planning Communication and interpersonal skills Scheduling, budgeting and meeting business objectives Managing political and resource issues Implementing a PMO Measuring value and competencies. The book compiles essays and advice from the field's top professionals and features new chapters on stakeholder management, agile project management, program management, project governance, knowledge management, and more. Updated with fresh examples, case studies and solutions to specific project management dilemmas, it remains an essential reference to the critical concepts and theories all project managers must master.

Systems Analysis and Design

Author: Alan Dennis,Barbara Haley Wixom,Roberta M. Roth

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118897846

Category: Computers

Page: 448

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The 6th Edition of Systems Analysis and Design continues to offer a hands-on approach to SAD while focusing on the core set of skills that all analysts must possess. Building on their experience as professional systems analysts and award-winning teachers, authors Dennis, Wixom, and Roth capture the experience of developing and analyzing systems in a way that students can understand and apply. With Systems Analysis and Design, 6th Edition, students will leave the course with experience that is a rich foundation for further work as a systems analyst.

Reconstructing Project Management

Author: Peter W. G. Morris

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118536916

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 344

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This hugely informative and wide-ranging analysis on the management of projects, past, present and future, is written both for practitioners and scholars. Beginning with a history of the discipline’s development, Reconstructing Project Management provides an extensive commentary on its practices and theoretical underpinnings, and concludes with proposals to improve its relevancy and value. Written not without a hint of attitude, this is by no means simply another project management textbook. The thesis of the book is that ‘it all depends on how you define the subject’; that much of our present thinking about project management as traditionally defined is sometimes boring, conceptually weak, and of limited application, whereas in reality it can be exciting, challenging and enormously important. The book draws on leading scholarship and case studies to explore this thesis. The book is divided into three major parts. Following an Introduction setting the scene, Part 1 covers the origins of modern project management – how the discipline has come to be what it is typically said to be; how it has been constructed – and the limitations of this traditional model. Part 2 presents an enlarged view of the discipline and then deconstructs this into its principal elements. Part 3 then reconstructs these elements to address the challenges facing society, and the implications for the discipline, in the years ahead. A final section reprises the sweep of the discipline’s development and summarises the principal insights from the book. This thoughtful commentary on project (and program, and portfolio) management as it has developed and has been practiced over the last 60-plus years, and as it may be over the next 20 to 40, draws on examples from many industry sectors around the world. It is a seminal work, required reading for everyone interested in projects and their management.

Project Management for Facility Constructions

A Guide for Engineers and Architects

Author: Alberto De Marco

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783642170928

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 189

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This book describes concepts, methods and practical techniques for managing projects to develop constructed facilities in the fields of oil & gas, power, infrastructure, architecture and the commercial building industries. It is addressed to a broad range of professionals willing to improve their management skills and designed to help newcomers to the engineering and construction industry understand how to apply project management to field practice. Also, it makes project management disciplines accessible to experts in technical areas of engineering and construction. In education, this text is suitable for undergraduate and graduate classes in architecture, engineering and construction management, as well as for specialist and professional courses in project management.

Strategic Management

A Competitive Advantage Approach, Concepts and Cases

Author: Fred R. David

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780133444797

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 696

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For undergraduate and graduate courses in strategy. In today's economy, gaining and sustaining a competitive advantage is harder than ever. Strategic Management captures the complexity of the current business environment and delivers the latest skills and concepts with unrivaled clarity, helping students develop their own cutting-edge strategy through skill-developing exercises. The Fifteenth Edition has been thoroughly updated and revised with current research and concepts. This edition includes 29 new cases and end-of- chapter material, including added exercises and review questions. MyManagementLab for Strategic Management is a total learning package. MyManagementLab is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program that truly engages students in learning. It helps students better prepare for class, quizzes, and exams—resulting in better performance in the course—and provides educators a dynamic set of tools for gauging individual and class progress. This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience–for you and your students. Here's how: Personalize Learning with MyManagementLab: Inspire the exchange of new ideas and foster intriguing discussions with the abundant resources found in MyManagementLab. Guide Student's Learning: Proven pedagogy, exercise sets, and end—of-chapter material are all geared towards ensuring students grasp the concepts. Show Concepts in Action: 29 new case studies have been added to this edition to maximize effectiveness in applying strategic management through case analysis. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyLab does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MyLab search for ISBN-10: 0133768767/ISBN-13: 9780133768763. That package includes ISBN-10: 0133444791/ISBN-13: 9780133444797 and ISBN-10: 0133451836/ISBN-13: 9780133451832. MyLab is not a self-paced technology and should only be purchased when required by an instructor.

Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis

Author: David Hulett

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1317115309

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Project managers tend to believe their cost estimates - whether they have exceeded budgets in the past or not. It is dangerous to accept the engineering cost estimates, which are often optimistic or unrealistic. Though cost estimates incorporate contingency reserves below-the-line, these estimates of reserves often do not benefit from a rigorous assessment of risk to project costs. Risks to cost come from multiple sources including uncertain project duration, which is often ignored in cost risk analyses. In short, experience shows that cost estimating on projects is rarely successful - cost overruns routinely occur. There are effective ways to estimate the impact on the cost of complex projects from project risks of all types, including traditional cost-type risks and the indirect but often substantial impact from risks usually thought of as affecting project schedules. Integrated cost-schedule risk anlaysis helps us determine how likely the project will go over budget with the current plan, how much contingency reserve is required to achieve a desired level of certainty, and which risks are most important so the project manager can mitigate them and achieve a better result. Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis provides solutions for these and other challenges. This book follows on from David Hulett's highly-praised Practical Schedule Risk Analysis. It focuses on the way that schedule risk can generate cost risk, and how to handle this relationship. It also applies the Risk Driver Method to the analysis so that you can clearly and transparently identify the key risks, rather than just the most risky cost line items. With detailed worked examples and over 70 illustrations, Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis offers the definitive guide to this critically important aspect of project management from surely the world's leading commentator.

Construction Project Scheduling and Control

Author: Saleh A. Mubarak

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111884579X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 528

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Bad scheduling can doom a construction project from thestart Construction Project Scheduling and Control provides acomprehensive examination of the analytical methods used to devisea reasonable, efficient, and successful schedule for constructionprojects of all sizes. This updated third edition contains newinformation on building image modeling (BIM) and its relationshipto project scheduling and control, as well as thorough coverage ofthe latest developments in the field. Written by a careerconstruction professional, this informative text introducesstudents to new concepts in CPM scheduling, including the author'sown Dynamic Minimum Lag technique. The expanded glossary andacronym list facilitate complete understanding, and the numeroussolved and unsolved problems help students test their knowledge andapply critical thinking to issues in construction scheduling. Acomplete instructor's manual provides solutions to all problems inthe book, test questions for each chapter, and additional examquestions for more comprehensive testing. The entire success of a construction process hinges on anefficient, well-thought out schedule, which is strictly definedwhile allowing for inevitable delays and changes. This book helpsstudents learn the processes, tools, and techniques used to makeprojects run smoothly, with expert guidance toward the realities ofthis complex function. Discover realistic scheduling solutions and cutting edgemethods Learn the duties, responsibilities, and techniques of projectcontrol Get up to date on the latest in sustainability, BIM, and leanconstruction Explore the software tools that help coordinate scheduling Scheduling encompasses everything from staff requirements andequipment needs to materials delivery and inspections, requiring adeep understanding of the process. For the student interested inconstruction management, Construction Project Scheduling andControl is an informative text on the field's current bestpractices.

Information Systems Development

Towards a Service Provision Society

Author: George Angelos Papadopoulos,Wita Wojtkowski,Gregory Wojtkowski,Stanislaw Wrycza,Jože Zupancic

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 038784810X

Category: Computers

Page: 974

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This volume constitutes the published proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems Development. They present the latest and greatest concepts, approaches, and techniques of systems development - a notoriously transitional field.

Power System Analysis and Design

Author: J. Duncan Glover,Thomas Overbye,Mulukutla S. Sarma

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305632133

Category: Computers

Page: 50

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Today's readers learn the basic concepts of power systems as they master the tools necessary to apply these skills to real world situations with POWER SYSTEM ANALYSIS AND DESIGN, 6E. This new edition highlights physical concepts while also giving necessary attention to mathematical techniques. The authors develop both theory and modeling from simple beginnings so readers are prepared to readily extend these principles to new and complex situations. Software tools and the latest content throughout this edition aid readers with design issues while reflecting the most recent trends in the field. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Public Private Partnerships in Education

New Actors and Modes of Governance in a Globalizing World

Author: Susan Robertson,Karen Mundy,Antoni Verger

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 0857930699

Category: Education

Page: 320

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'Far from simply being a form of cost sharing between the "state" and the "market," PPP has been celebrated by some, and condemned by others, as the champion of change in the new millennium. This book has been written by the best minds in education policy, political economy, and development studies. They convincingly argue that public private partnership represents a new mode of governance that ranges from covert support of the private sector (vouchers, subsidies) to overt collaboration with corporate actors in the rapidly growing education industry. The analyses are simply brilliant and indispensable for understanding how and why this particular best/worst practice went global.' – Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Columbia University, New York, US This insightful book brings together both academics and researchers from a variety of international organizations and aid agencies to explore the complexities of public private partnerships (PPPs) as a resurgent, hybrid mode of educational governance that operates across scales, from the community to the global. The contributors expertly study the different types of partnership arrangements and thoroughly critique the value of PPPs. Some chapters explore how PPPs, as a policy idea, have been constructed in transnational agendas for educational development and circulated globally, whilst other chapters explores the role and implications of PPPs in developing countries, providing arguments for and against an expanding reliance on PPPs in national educational systems. The theoretical framing of the book draws upon leading theories of international relations to develop a unique perspective on the global governance of education. It will prove insightful for both scholars and policymakers in public policy and education.

Complex Systems Concurrent Engineering

Collaboration, Technology Innovation and Sustainability

Author: Geilson Loureiro,Richard Curran

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1846289769

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 831

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This volume features the proceedings of the 14th ISPE Conference on Concurrent Engineering, held in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, on the 16th – 20th of July 2007. It highlights the application of concurrent engineering to the development of complex systems.

Bringing It Home

Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating

Author: Gail Simmons

Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style

ISBN: 1455542210

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

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The cookbook that Top Chef fans have been waiting for, from the celebrated judge who makes delicious food and inspired cooking accessible for home cooks. Gail Simmons is a beloved figure in the food world who has been a popular judge on Top Chef, the number-one rated food show on cable television since its inception. In Bringing It Home, Simmons shares her best recipes and food experiences. From her travels, exploring global flavors and keeping detailed diaries, to her Top Chef culinary adventures with the world's most notable chefs, she is always asking: "How can I bring this dish home to my own kitchen?" Her goal is to make fabulous recipes using accessible ingredients and smart, simple cooking techniques for successful family meals and easy entertaining. From Bloody Mary Eggs to Christmas Brisket Fried Rice; from Summer Vegetable Salad with Charred Lime Vinaigrette to Banana-Cardamom Upside Down Cake with Salty Caramel, there is a recipe for everyone in the family. Simmons also shares ingredient tips, cooking techniques, and many informative "Snippets," as well as personal and behind-the-scenes stories that will appeal to fans and food lovers everywhere.

Managing Risk in Construction Projects

Author: Nigel J. Smith,Tony Merna,Paul Jobling

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118347226

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 256

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Investment in any new project invariably carries risk but the construction industry is subject to more risk and uncertainty than perhaps any other industry. This guide for construction managers, project managers and quantity surveyors as well as for students shows how the risk management process improves decision-making. Managing Risk in Construction Projects offers practical guidance on identifying, assessing and managing risk and provides a sound basis for effective decision-making in conditions of uncertainty. The book focuses on theoretical aspects of risk management but also clarifies procedures for undertaking and utilising decisions. This blend of theory and practice is the real message of the book and, with a strong authorship team of practitioners and leading academics, the book provides an authoritative guide for practitioners having to manage real projects. It discusses a number of general concepts, including projects, project phases, and risk attitude before introducing various risk management techniques. This third edition has been extended to recognize the reality of multi-project or programme management and the risks in this context; to highlight the particular problems of risk in international joint ventures; and to provide more coverage of PFI and PPP. With case studies and examples of good practice, the book offers the distilled knowledge of over 100 man-years of experience in working on all aspects of project risk, giving sound practical guidance on identifying, assessing and managing risk.

Total Supply Chain Management

Author: Ron Basu,J. Nevan Wright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136354115

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 408

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The latest book from a successful author team, this essential handbook provides the basic concepts, tools and techniques to support a supply chain excellence initiative. The book shows how to add value to an organisation through the optimum use of resources and supply chain elements and through the provision of improved customer satisfaction. Resources are defined as all available resources, whether owned or borrowed along the complete supply chain, from the supplier's supplier, through to the customer's customer. Specific supply chain issues and opportunities related to service industries, e-Supply Chain and emerging markets like India are key features of this book.

Techa 2008. Technologies exploitation for the cultural heritage advancement

Atti del convegno e Catalogo delle tecnologie

Author: Filippo Ammirati,Francesca Balzan,Luciana Bordoni,Rosa Caffo,Giovanni Caligo,Francesca Ceccaroni,Riccardo Ginanni Corradini,Mauro Matteini,Maria Mautone,Laura Moltedo,Guglielmo Monti,Endrio Niero,Francesco Saverio Nucci,Marcello Pappagallo,Alessandro Paravicini,Adolfo Pasetti,Francesco M. Sacerdoti,Stella Styliani Fanou,Roberta Tedeschi,Lucrezia Ungaro,Pietro Alessandro Vigato

Publisher: Gangemi Editore spa

ISBN: 8849266995

Category: Architecture

Page: 432

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Questo lavoro è frutto dell'evento internazionale TECHA 2008 - Technologies Exploitation for the Cultural Heritage Advancement, dedicato alla presentazione delle nuove tecnologie per la conoscenza, la conservazione e la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale. Il volume si articola in due sezioni entrambe suddivise nei quattro temi strategici per il patrimonio culturale: Analisi, diagnostica e monitoraggio, Materiali e tecniche di intervento, ICT e Tecnologie sostenibili per il patrimonio culturale. La prima sezione raccoglie le relazioni di esperti nazionali e internazionali che hanno preso parte ai workshop del primo giorno; nella seconda sono presentate 150 schede tecniche di tecnologie innovative proposte da ricercatori e imprenditori di tutta Europa in occasione del Technology Transfer Day. La manifestazione ha favorito la divulgazione delle migliori metodologie e tecnologie esistenti sul mercato e dato vita a momenti di discussione tra i diversi operatori del settore (istituzioni, centri di ricerca, aziende) sulle metodologie, le innovazioni e le problematiche inerenti il restauro e la fruizione del patrimonio culturale. This work is the result of the international event TECHA 2008 - Technologies Exploitation for the Cultural Heritage Advancement, devoted to the presentation of new technologies for the knowledge, conservation and valorization of cultural heritage. The book is divided in two sections both including the four strategic topics for cultural heritage: Analysis, diagnostics and monitoring, Materials and intervention techniques, ICT and Sustainable technologies for cultural heritage. The first section collects lectures of national and international experts attended the workshops of the first day; the second put together 150 technology data sheets presented by European researchers and entrepreneurs during the Technology Transfer Day. The event aimed at promoting the dissemination of the best available techniques and methodologies and at creating fruitful discussion panels among the various experts of the field (public bodies, research centres and companies) on methodologies, innovations and problems pertaining restoration and enjoyment of cultural heritage.

Systems Analysis and Design Methods

Author: Whitten,Bentley,Kevin C. Dittman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780071218313

Category: System analysis

Page: 780

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This new edition increases the emphasis on systems analysis and design techniques for developing client/server and web-centric applications. This includes a greater focus on the Internet and intranets.

Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management

Author: Gregory S. Parnell, PhD,Patrick J. Driscoll,Dale L. Henderson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470934719

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 544

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Decision Making in Systems Engineering and Management is a comprehensive textbook that provides a logical process and analytical techniques for fact-based decision making for the most challenging systems problems. Grounded in systems thinking and based on sound systems engineering principles, the systems decisions process (SDP) leverages multiple objective decision analysis, multiple attribute value theory, and value-focused thinking to define the problem, measure stakeholder value, design creative solutions, explore the decision trade off space in the presence of uncertainty, and structure successful solution implementation. In addition to classical systems engineering problems, this approach has been successfully applied to a wide range of challenges including personnel recruiting, retention, and management; strategic policy analysis; facilities design and management; resource allocation; information assurance; security systems design; and other settings whose structure can be conceptualized as a system.

Disrupting Digital Business

Create an Authentic Experience in the Peer-to-Peer Economy

Author: R "Ray" Wang

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1625270534

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

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We are no longer an economy of products and services. The digital transformation demands that we focus our attention on experiences and outcomes. Business leaders and their organizations must shift to keeping promises—no matter how their customers interact with them. But organizations no longer control the conversation. In this era of social and mobile technology, customers, employees, suppliers, and partners are in direct communication with one another. Those personal networks and the brands they’re passionate about influence their decision making and their spending. The workforce has changed too. Employees expect to be able to determine when and how they will work, the technology they’ll use, and the values their company will espouse. Organizations can take part in this conversation only if they recognize how and where it’s happening. Resisting these changes will leave executives, managers, and their companies powerless. Organizations must pivot with and ahead of these social, organizational, and technological shifts or risk being left behind. Technology guru Ray Wang shows how organizations can surf the waves of change—how they can keep their promises. Current trends, when taken seriously, require a new way of thinking about business that includes five key areas: 1. Consumerization of technology and the new C-suite 2. Data’s influence in driving decisions 3. Digital marketing transformation 4. The future of work 5. Matrix commerce Digital disruption has changed how we do our work. But by mastering these trends you’ll delight your customers with every interaction.

DNA Barcoding in Marine Perspectives

Assessment and Conservation of Biodiversity

Author: Subrata Trivedi,Abid Ali Ansari,Sankar K. Ghosh,Hasibur Rehman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319418408

Category: Science

Page: 330

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More than two third area of our planet is covered by oceans and assessment of marine biodiversity is a challenging task. With the increasing global population, there is a tendency to exploit marine recourses for food, energy and other requirements. This puts pressure on the fragile marine environment and necessitates sustainable conservation efforts. Marine species identification using traditional taxonomical methods are often burdened with taxonomic controversies. Here in this book we will discuss the comparatively new concept of DNA barcoding and its significance in marine perspective. This molecular technique can be useful in the assessment of cryptic species which is widespread in marine environment and linking the different life cycle stages to the adult which is difficult to accomplish in the marine ecosystem. Other advantages of DNA barcoding include authentication and safety assessment of seafood, wildlife forensics, conservation genetics and detection of invasive alien species (IAS). Global DNA barcoding efforts in the marine habitat include MarBOL, CeDAMar, CMarZ, SHARK-BOL, etc. DNA barcoding of different marine groups ranging from the microbes to mammals is to be revealed. In conjugation with newer and faster techniques like high throughput sequencing, DNA barcoding is serving as an effective modern tool in marine biodiversity assessment and conservation.

Successful Proposal Strategies for Small Businesses: : Using Knowledge Management to Win Government, Private-Sector, and International Contracts, Sixth Edition

Author: Robert S. Frey

Publisher: Artech House

ISBN: 1608074749

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 696

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Here's your one-stop-shop for winning new business! the new, Sixth Edition of this perennial bestseller updates and expands all previous editions, making this volume the most exhaustive and definitive proposal strategy resource. Directly applicable for businesses of all sizes, Successful Proposal Strategies provides extensive and important context, field-proven approaches, and in-depth techniques for business success with the Federal Government, the largest buyer of services and products in the world. This popular book and its companion CD-ROM are highly accessible, self-contained desktop references developed to be informative, highly practical, and easy to use. Small companies with a viable service or product learn how to gain and keep a customer's attention, even when working with only a few employees. Offering a greatly expanded linkage of proposals to technical processes and directions, the Sixth Edition includes a wealth of new material, adding important chapters on cost building and price volume, the criticality of business culture and investments in proposal success, the proposal solution development process, and developing key conceptual graphics. CD-ROM Included! Features useful proposal templates in Adobe Acrobat, platform-independent format; HTML pointers to Small Business Web Sites; a comprehensive, fully searchable listing Proposal and Contract Acronyms; and a sample architecture for a knowledge base or proposal library.