Project Management in the Fast Lane

Author: Robert C. Newbold
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420049152
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This cutting edge, "how to" manual details proven methods for turning around chronically late, overbudget, and underperforming projects. Project Management in the Fast Lane explains how Theory of Constraints tools can be applied to achieve effective, breakthrough solutions in virtually any environment. It includes a complete discussion of the Critical Chain scheduling approach pioneered by Eli Goldratt-the most significant new development in project scheduling in the last 40 years! The project management tools described in Project Management in the Fast Lane are clearly outlined and will help project managers in manufacturing, construction, and new product development in any field find efficient, practical, and sound solutions to management issues. Common problems related to deadlines, budgets, project performance, and more are thoroughly treated, providing a solid basis for applying tools to familiar problems. This book is sure to inspire managers, executives, engineers, and MIS and quality assurance professionals to rethink their management approaches and create dramatic, profit-driven improvements in their organizations.

The Constraints Management Handbook

Author: James F. Cox, III
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781574440607
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A new approach to improving the production of goods and services, Constraints Management (CM), recognizes the powerful role of the constraint (the limiting resource) in determining the output of the entire production system. By learning about and mastering CM concepts, managers can improve their companies' present output and plan for future growth as well.

Project Management in Product Development

Author: George Ellis
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN: 012802559X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Project Management in Product Development: Leadership Skills and Management Techniques to Deliver Great Products is written for new and aspiring project managers in product development. Although texts on project management are common, the material presented here is unique, instead focusing on product development, a challenging segment of project management because of the high level of uncertainty, the need for a robust set of problem-solving techniques, and a demand for broad cross-functional teams. The book also focuses on more than just project management techniques, including a thorough treatment of transformational and transactional leadership. Other topics covered include problem-solving techniques, development, and continuous improvement of processes required in product development, risk recognition and management, and proper communication with mangers and other stakeholders. Finally, project management techniques used in product development are presented, including the critical path method, scrum and XP, and Kanban/lean project development, along with the strengths and weaknesses of each. Provides ways to successfully manage product development projects by teaching traditional and advanced project management techniques like Gantt, CPM, Agile, Lean, and others Covers transformational and transactional leadership, how to create a vision and engage the team, as well as tactics on how to manage a complex set of tasks Uses a practical, common sense approach to the day-to-day activities of a project manager, including project planning, project process development, problem-solving, project portfolio management, reporting, and more Presents a thorough comparison of popular project management tools Includes many examples, cases, and side-bars that are included throughout the book

Manufacturing at Warp Speed

Author: Eli Schragenheim
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781574442939
Format: PDF
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Manufacturing systems don't exist in a vacuum, isolated from the rest of the company, but they are often managed that way. A truly effective, highly competitive manufacturing company integrates its manufacturing, marketing, sales, purchasing, and financial functions into a well-coordinated whole. Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance explains in detail how to coordinate all these functions to maximize sales revenue while controlling inventory and overhead costs. Ultimately, the effects of applying the new Simplified-Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR II) introduced by the authors include dramatically faster manufacturing cycle times, shorter order-to-delivery lead times, higher on-time delivery reliability, and better customer satisfaction. The book gives you everything a typical production professional needs to implement this new DBR approach. A supplemental feature - the Management Interactive Case Study Simulator (MICSS) - is included with the book. Available for download via the CRC Press website, the simulator sets up a virtual company where you can test and practice the processes you learn in the book before implementing them in your organization. The book and software together constitute the complete package for learning how to streamline manufacturing operations. The first book available on second generation Drum-Buffer-Rope, Manufacturing at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance describes the simplest, most efficient methods for reducing manufacturing cycle time and increasing the speed of manufacturing yet devised. Fully illustrated, with numerous examples, case studies, and manufacturing scenarios, the book is so easy to read that even the novice can understand it. Correct use of this new method practically assures that your company has the competitive advantage.

Management Consulting

Author: International Labour Office
Publisher: International Labor Office
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Widely recognized as a key reference work on the practice of consulting, this guide offers an extensive introduction to professional consulting, its nature, methods, organizational principles, behavioral rules, and training and development practices. Today's information- and knowledge-based economy is constantly creating new opportunities and challenges for consultants. This new edition of Management Consulting actively reflects and confronts these developments and changes. New topics covered in this edition include: e-business consulting consulting in knowledge management total quality management corporate governance social role and responsibility of business company transformation and renewal public administration This book serves as a useful and inspiring tool for individuals and organizations wishing to improve their consulting activities. Praise for the previous edition: "A wealth of information about the nature and purpose of management consulting, consulting in various areas and the management of a consulting firm. It should help practitioners, entrants to the profession and business people wishing to use consultants more effectively."--Financial Times

Die Kunst des Game Designs

Author: Jesse Schell
Publisher: MITP-Verlags GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 3958452841
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Grundlagen der Entwicklung und Konzeption klassischer Spiele von einem der weltweit führenden Game Designer Mehr als 100 Regeln und zentrale Fragen zur Inspiration für den kreativen Prozess Zahlreiche wertvolle Denkanstöße für die Konzeption eines erfolgreichen Spiels Jeder kann die Grundlagen des Game Designs meistern – dazu bedarf es keines technischen Fachwissens. Dabei zeigt sich, dass die gleichen psychologischen Grundprinzipien, die für Brett-, Karten- und Sportspiele funktionieren, ebenso der Schlüssel für die Entwicklung qualitativ hochwertiger Videospiele sind. Mit diesem Buch lernen Sie, wie Sie im Prozess der Spielekonzeption und -entwicklung vorgehen, um bessere Games zu kreieren. Jesse Schell zeigt, wie Sie Ihr Game durch eine strukturierte methodische Vorgehensweise Schritt für Schritt deutlich verbessern. Mehr als 100 gezielte Fragestellungen eröffnen Ihnen dabei neue Perspektiven auf Ihr Game, so dass Sie die Features finden, die es erfolgreich machen. Hierzu gehören z.B. Fragen wie: Welche Herausforderungen stellt mein Spiel an die Spieler? Fördert es den Wettbewerb unter den Spielern? Werden sie dazu motiviert, gewinnen zu wollen? So werden über hundert entscheidende Charakteristika für ein gut konzipiertes Spiel untersucht. Mit diesem Buch wissen Sie, worauf es bei einem guten Game ankommt und was Sie alles bedenken sollten, damit Ihr Game die Erwartungen Ihrer Spieler erfüllt und gerne gespielt wird. Zugleich liefert es Ihnen jede Menge Inspiration – halten Sie beim Lesen Zettel und Stift bereit, um Ihre neuen Ideen sofort festhalten zu können

The Design of Everyday Things

Author: Norman Don
Publisher: Vahlen
ISBN: 3800648105
Format: PDF
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Apple, Audi, Braun oder Samsung machen es vor: Gutes Design ist heute eine kritische Voraussetzung für erfolgreiche Produkte. Dieser Klassiker beschreibt die fundamentalen Prinzipien, um Dinge des täglichen Gebrauchs umzuwandeln in unterhaltsame und zufriedenstellende Produkte. Don Norman fordert ein Zusammenspiel von Mensch und Technologie mit dem Ziel, dass Designer und Produktentwickler die Bedürfnisse, Fähigkeiten und Handlungsweisen der Nutzer in den Vordergrund stellen und Designs an diesen angepasst werden. The Design of Everyday Things ist eine informative und spannende Einführung für Designer, Marketer, Produktentwickler und für alle an gutem Design interessierten Menschen. Zum Autor Don Norman ist emeritierter Professor für Kognitionswissenschaften. Er lehrte an der University of California in San Diego und der Northwest University in Illinois. Mitte der Neunzigerjahre leitete Don Norman die Advanced Technology Group bei Apple. Dort prägte er den Begriff der User Experience, um über die reine Benutzbarkeit hinaus eine ganzheitliche Erfahrung der Anwender im Umgang mit Technik in den Vordergrund zu stellen. Norman ist Mitbegründer der Beratungsfirma Nielsen Norman Group und hat unter anderem Autohersteller von BMW bis Toyota beraten. „Keiner kommt an Don Norman vorbei, wenn es um Fragen zu einem Design geht, das sich am Menschen orientiert.“ Brand Eins 7/2013 „Design ist einer der wichtigsten Wettbewerbsvorteile. Dieses Buch macht Spaß zu lesen und ist von größter Bedeutung.” Tom Peters, Co-Autor von „Auf der Suche nach Spitzenleistungen“

Lean IT

Author: Steven C Bell
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781439817575
Format: PDF, ePub
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Winner of a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award Information Technology is supposed to enable business performance and innovation, improve service levels, manage change, and maintain quality and stability, all while steadily reducing operating costs. Yet when an enterprise begins a Lean transformation, too often the IT department is either left out or viewed as an obstacle. What is to be done? Winner of a 2011 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, this book shares practical tips, examples, and case studies to help you establish a culture of continuous improvement to deliver IT operational excellence and business value to your organization. Praise for: ...will have a permanent place in my bookshelf. —Gene Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc. ... provides an unprecedented look at the role that Lean IT will play in making this revolutionary shift and the critical steps for sustained success. —Steve Castellanos, Lean Enterprise Director, Nike, Inc. Twenty years from now the firms which dominate their industries will have fully embraced Lean strategies throughout their IT organizations. —Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile and Lean, IBM Rational ... a great survival manual for those needing nimble and adaptive systems. —Dr. David Labby, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Director of Clinical Support and Innovation, CareOregon ... makes a major contribution in an often-ignored but much-needed area. —John Bicheno, Program Director MS in Lean Operations, Cardiff University ... a comprehensive view into the world of Lean IT, a must read! —Dave Wilson, Quality Management, Oregon Health & Science University