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A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) - (Japanese version of: A guide to the Project Management... A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) - (Japanese version of: A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK guide) (Italian, Paperback, 6th ed., 2017)
Project Management Institute
R2,285 R1,714 Discovery Miles 17 140 Save R571 (25%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide ) - PMI's flagship publication has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. New to the sixth edition, each knowledge area will contain a section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings. It will also contain more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge, including discussion of project management business documentsand information on the PMI Talent Triangle and the essential skills for success in today's market.

The Project Managers Guide to IDIQ Task Order Service Contracts - How to Win and Perform on Task Order Contracts (Hardcover,... The Project Managers Guide to IDIQ Task Order Service Contracts - How to Win and Perform on Task Order Contracts (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Mark Salesky
R1,627 R1,528 Discovery Miles 15 280 Save R99 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Every year the US federal government will spend roughly 100 billion dollars through competitive IDIQ (Indefinite Duration Indefinite Quantity) contracts. When you add in contracts awarded by State governments and commercial organizations using very similar processes you're looking at 700 billion dollars' worth of business. Getting a slice of that pie depends on how well you manage the contracting project. This is because IDIQs are essentially empty contract structures which then require a second round of winning task orders. For contracts with the government, this two-step structure which is specified in law and regulation, has specific pitfalls and opportunities which are rarely the subject of contract and project management training. Salesky's coaching style talks you through the specific challenges in the startup, management, and closing of the IDIQ. This book gives a pragmatic and best-practice description of the entire life cycle of this type of contract offering you the "inside advisor" you need to help you through the pragmatics issues of clients', performers', and bosses' expectations.

Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management (Hardcover): Alex Gorod, Leonie Hallo, Vernon Ireland, Indra Gunawan Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management (Hardcover)
Alex Gorod, Leonie Hallo, Vernon Ireland, Indra Gunawan
R3,156 Discovery Miles 31 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book enhances learning about complex project management principles and practices through the introduction and discussion of a portfolio of tools presented as an evolving toolbox. Throughout the book, industry practitioners examine the toolsets that are part of the toolbox to develop a broader understanding of complex project management challenges and the available tools to address them. This approach establishes a dynamic, structured platform for a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the modern, rapidly changing, multifaceted business environment to teach the next generation of project managers to successfully cope with the ever increasing complexity of the 21st century.

Benefits Realization Management - Strategic Value from Portfolios, Programs, and Projects (Hardcover): Carlos Eduardo Martins... Benefits Realization Management - Strategic Value from Portfolios, Programs, and Projects (Hardcover)
Carlos Eduardo Martins Serra
R1,539 Discovery Miles 15 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Benefits realization management (BRM) is a key part of governance, because it supports the strategic creation of value and provides the correct level of prioritization and executive support to the correct initiatives. Because of its relevance to the governance process, BRM has a strong influence over project success and is a link between strategic planning and strategy execution. This book guides portfolio, program, and project managers through the process of benefits realization management so they can maximize business value. It discusses why and how programs and projects are expected to enable value creation, and it explains the role of BRM in value creation. The book provides a flexible framework for: Translating business strategy drivers into expected benefits and explains the subsequent composition of a program and project portfolio that can realize expected benefits Planning the benefits realization expected from programs and projects and then making it happen Keeping programs and projects on track Reviewing and evaluating the benefits achieved or expected against the original baselines and the current expectations. To help project, program, and portfolio managers on their BRM journey, as well as to support business managers in executing business strategies, the book identifies key organizational responsibilities and roles involved in BRM practices, and it provides a simple reference that can be mapped against any organizational structure. A detailed and comprehensive case study illustrates each phase of the BRM framework as it links business strategy to project work, benefits, and business value. Each chapter ends with a series questions that provide a BRM self-assessment. The book concludes with a set of templates and detailed instructions to ensure successful deployment of BRM.

Transforming Business with Program Management - Integrating Strategy, People, Process, Technology, Structure, and Measurement... Transforming Business with Program Management - Integrating Strategy, People, Process, Technology, Structure, and Measurement (Hardcover)
Satish P Subramanian
R1,621 Discovery Miles 16 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Organizations need to constantly innovate and improve products and services to maintain a strong competitive position in the market place. The vehicle used by organizations for such constant reinvention is a business transformation program. This book illustrates a tested program management roadmap along with the supporting comprehensive frameworks to successfully execute business transformation programs, formulated strategies, and strategic initiatives. It outlines the steps to successfully transform any business and deliver tangible business outcomes. This breakthrough work establishes the linkage between strategy formulation and strategy execution through the program management discipline. It depicts how program management integrates strategy, people, process, technology, structure, and measurement on cross-functional initiatives. The author details the processes, techniques, and tools that a program management team can customize and easily implement on any type of strategic initiative within the private or public sector environment to deliver and sustain the expected business outcomes and benefits. This book discusses the ten mandatory steps (or roadmap) needed to lead complex, business transformation programs to success. It showcases program management best practices and lessons learned though real-world case studies spanning different industry sectors and functional domains. Transforming Business with Program Management will equip executives, general managers, and program managers with the core skills necessary to effectively plan and implement business transformation strategies that drive sweeping business change and innovation.

Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, Global Edition (Paperback, 5th edition): Jeffrey K Pinto Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, Global Edition (Paperback, 5th edition)
Jeffrey K Pinto
R1,756 R1,451 Discovery Miles 14 510 Save R305 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This print textbook is available for students to rent for their classes. The Pearson print rental program provides students with affordable access to learning materials, so they come to class ready to succeed. For project management courses. Project management fundamentals with broad applications In its 5th Edition, Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage takes a contemporary, decisive, and business-oriented approach to teaching and learning project management. To promote a comprehensive, multi-industry understanding of the text, the author addresses project management theory within the context of a variety of successful organizations, whether they be publicly held, private, or nonprofit. Comprehensive case analysis and detailed exercises, including brand-new, contemporary case studies for the 5th Edition, give students the tools to assess projects in real time, while also leveraging the latest project management technology, including MS Project 2016.

Schedule Centered Planning - An Incremental Approach for Plan Driven Projects (Paperback): Vincent McGevna Pmp Schedule Centered Planning - An Incremental Approach for Plan Driven Projects (Paperback)
Vincent McGevna Pmp
R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The best way to assure the success of a project is to create a suitable project plan. The project plan is a vision of the future, a blueprint for how the project should proceed. A properly developed plan will provide a high degree of predictability of how the project will evolve, and the insights gained during planning will help the project manager to quickly and effectively deal with the unpredictable. Schedule Centered Planning is not a new approach, but it is unique, reflecting insights gained in 25 years of successfully managing projects. It recognizes that a properly developed schedule must reflect all other aspects of planning; it advocates iterative development so projects that cannot use Agile can still be Agile-like; and it stresses the concurrent nature of planning, i.e. that risk analysis must be performed in parallel with schedule development. When properly applied, the approach and the insights presented will greatly reduce, possible even eliminate the chaos that seems to be inevitable on too many projects. Included in the book is an appendix which shows how to use fields, filters, groups and views to turn Microsoft Project into a powerful planning tool, to create a schedule which truly is a project plan If you are new to planning, or if you manage large, complex projects, deal with multidisciplinary teams, or work in an environment where the focus is primarily on the schedule, then this book is for you.

Situational Project Management - The Dynamics of Success and Failure (Hardcover): Oliver F. Lehmann Situational Project Management - The Dynamics of Success and Failure (Hardcover)
Oliver F. Lehmann
R1,564 Discovery Miles 15 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Most project managers would agree that every project is unique. But not all project managers would agree that the best way to manage a unique project is unique. Many still cling to the old practice of having a methodology that is applied to all projects. "One size fits all" is still in common use, and this approach has proven to lead to project failure. Flexibility, situational intelligence, and creativity are essential to deliver project success. The need to recognize and master ever-changing requirements and environmental conditions is a tough challenge for professional project managers. The same practices that led to success yesterday may cause failure today. Selecting favorable responses to a given situation is often the most critical factor of the dynamics of success and failure. This book is designed to help project professionals assess a situation, predict the appropriate approach, methodology and achieving styles, and then apply them in a situational fashion. To guide project managers in selecting the appropriate responses, Situational Project Management (SitPM) shows how to assess a given project, determine its unique characteristics, and select the appropriate methods to complete the project. With this book, projects managers can use SitPM to develop profiles of their projects on the basis of the projects' physical characteristics, the project teams' behavioral characteristics, the enterprise environment, and the market environments receiving project deliverables. These profiles help project managers to determine the appropriate project life cycle approach and leadership style. The book also explores various ways to engage stakeholders on the basis of a project's SitPM profile. The book's author, Oliver F. Lehmann, has developed a set of templates to apply SitPM in practice. It can be downloaded from www.oliverlehmann.com/SitPM/Templates.zip.

Ethics and Governance in Project Management - Small Sins Allowed and the Line of Impunity (Hardcover): Eduardo Victor Lopez,... Ethics and Governance in Project Management - Small Sins Allowed and the Line of Impunity (Hardcover)
Eduardo Victor Lopez, Alicia Medina
R1,626 Discovery Miles 16 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book shows executive, project, program, and portfolio managers how ethical behavior can ensure that an organization has proper governance. Improper governance and unethical behavior have led to such well-known financial disasters as Enron and Madoff Investments. The book arms managers with two important tools: Small Sins Allowed (SSA) and Line of Impunity (LoI), which together can be the foundation for renewed and vigorous corporate governance. SSA is a powerful tool that helps managers establish a level above which adherence to ethical standards is expected. LoI aids managers in identifying ethical fault lines that may exist in a company and helps to keep unethical behavior in check.

The Project Management Question and Answer Book (Paperback, Special ed.): Newell The Project Management Question and Answer Book (Paperback, Special ed.)
Newell
R452 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R127 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is a project charter? How about a work breakdown structure? Do you know the basic steps behind risk quantification? And why is it important to be acquainted with Goldratt's critical chain theory?

"The Project Management Question and Answer Book" is a one-stop reference that both beginning and experienced project managers will use in countless on-the-job situations. Providing the answers to critical questions, from the simplest to the most advanced, the book is arranged to get you the information you need the moment you need it. You'll find helpful explanations of crucial project management issues, including:

* Why PM is useful to you and your organization

* How to interact with project stakeholders to maximize productivity

* How to establish realistic cost, schedule, and scope baselines

* What management techniques can be used to motivate teams

* What methods you can use for evaluating project team performance

Packed with case studies and examples, "The Project Management Question and Answer Book "is an indispensable guide covering everything from estimates, quality control, and communications, to time-, risk-, and human resource management. It is a practical, constantly usable resource for understanding fundamental project management issues and implementing workable solutions.

Turnaround Management for the Oil, Gas, and Process Industries - A Project Management Approach (Paperback): Robert Bruce Hey Turnaround Management for the Oil, Gas, and Process Industries - A Project Management Approach (Paperback)
Robert Bruce Hey
R2,018 Discovery Miles 20 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Turnaround Management for the Oil, Gas, and Process Industries: A Project Management Approach helps readers understand the phases of development in preparation for a turnaround, with each relevant phase easily identified. Specific to the process industry, especially oil and gas, petrochemical and power plants, this reference simplifies the entire lifecycle of a turnaround and provides specific examples of both successful and unsuccessful turnaround projects. By identifying the most significant performance indicators and strategies to ensure that targets are met, this book will help plant managers keep plants safe, efficient and running successfully.

Quality Management for Projects and Programs (Paperback, illustrated edition): Lewis R. Ireland Quality Management for Projects and Programs (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Lewis R. Ireland
R912 R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Save R63 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With a focus on doing the right thing right the first time, Lew Ireland has constructed a solid presentation on how to invest in quality throughout all the project management processes. Understanding the customer's requirements and the essential nature of planning to meet quality expectations is explored thoroughly, and there is solid discussion of the quality-the choice of resources, the human factors, the effects of internal and external demands, the tools, the management techniques, the methodologies, and the costs-associated with infusing quality into project management. The book is essential reading to learn more about one of the knowledge areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK (R)).

Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects (Paperback, New edition): Martin Hopkinson Net Present Value and Risk Modelling for Projects (Paperback, New edition)
Martin Hopkinson
R1,171 Discovery Miles 11 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Net Present Value (NPV) forecast lies at the heart of the business case on many projects. Martin Hopkinson's guide explains when, why and how NPV models should be built for projects and how this approach can be integrated with the risk management process. NPV models tend to be used during the earliest phases of a project as the business case is being developed. Typically, these are the stages when uncertainty is at its highest and when the opportunities to influence the project's plan are at their greatest. This book shows how project financial forecasting and risk management principles can be used to both improve NPV forecasts and to shape the project solution into one that is risk-robust. The text is sufficiently broad to be practicable for first-time users to employ the methods described. But it also contains insights into the process that are likely to be new to the majority of experienced practitioners. All users should find that the models used in this book will help to provide useful templates for exploiting the techniques that are used.

Project Management for Healthcare Information Technology (Paperback, Ed): Scott Coplan, David Masuda Project Management for Healthcare Information Technology (Paperback, Ed)
Scott Coplan, David Masuda
R1,976 Discovery Miles 19 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. A Proven, Integrated Healthcare Information Technology Management SolutionCo-written by a certified Project Management Professional and an M.D., Project Management for Healthcare Information Technology presents an effective methodology that encompasses standards and best practices from project management, information technology management, and change management for a streamlined transition to digital medicine. Each management discipline is examined in detail and defined as a set of knowledge areas. The book then describes the core processes that take place within each knowledge area in the initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing stages of a project. Real-world examples from healthcare information technology project leaders identify how the integrated approach presented in this book leads to successful project implementations. Coverage Includes: Integrating project, information technology, and change management methodologies PMBOK Guide process groups--initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing Project management knowledge areas--integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communication, risk, and procurement management IT management knowledge areas--user requirements, infrastructure, conversion, software configuration, workflow, security, interface, testing, cutover, and support management Change management knowledge areas--realization, sponsorship, transformation, training, and optimization management

Strategic Planning and Decision-Making for Public and Non-Profit Organizations (Paperback): Nicolas A Valcik Strategic Planning and Decision-Making for Public and Non-Profit Organizations (Paperback)
Nicolas A Valcik
R1,001 Discovery Miles 10 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides administrators in public and non-profit organizations with direction and a framework from which to lead their organizations effectively. Taking a global approach to the issues administrators need to examine when managing a group of employees at any level (including budgeting and expenditures, forecasting, policy creation and execution, communication and reporting), this book explores the driving forces in organizational decision making. Author Nick Valcik takes a holistic view on organizational management, beginning with the core aspects of public organizations and the leadership competencies necessary to manage an organization successfully. Designed to be used on undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration and in public affairs programs, the book discusses the basics of organizational structure, delves into risk management issues, and offers a set of tools that can be used by administrators to make informed decisions based on actual data or documented processes. Throughout the book, real world case studies provide students and practitioners with a clear understanding of how exactly the right decision tool may be applied when facing a particular decision in any organization.

Project Planning and Analysis for Development (Paperback): David Potts Project Planning and Analysis for Development (Paperback)
David Potts
R951 R779 Discovery Miles 7 790 Save R172 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A text on project planning and analysis in developing countries, this book focuses on the economic and financial analysis of projects, but also demonstrates the importance of other factors to those who might otherwise give undue weight to economic and financial calculations. Potts examines the issues that arise before a project is appraised, covering project identification, design, and assumptions regarding likely outcomes in the absence of the project. He also tackles the difficult practical problems that arise for project planners, among them inflation, changes in relative prices, and exchange rate fluctuations. Throughout, he is aware of the fact that appraisal methodology needs to be adapted to the scale of a particular project.

Success and Failure of IS/IT Projects - A State of the Art Analysis and Future Directions (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016): David... Success and Failure of IS/IT Projects - A State of the Art Analysis and Future Directions (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
David Laurie Hughes, Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Antonis C Simintiras, Nripendra P. Rana
R1,445 R1,328 Discovery Miles 13 280 Save R117 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines the link between change and project management and how creating a closer alignment between these two methodologies can yield greater benefits and mitigate elements of failure of information systems (IS) projects. This study explores the underlying challenges and practicalities of closer integration of the two disciplines and asserts that such a successful change goes beyond the simple training of project managers in the practitioner context. Instead, it requires organizations to conceptualize the necessary challenges to realize the potential benefits of this recommended integrated approach. The integration of both project and change management has been advocated in existing research, but the challenges of moving from a current position of separate methodologies, different standards bodies and in some cases totally separate organizational structures, is a step change for many organizations. Change initiatives where good change management practices are implemented, can increase the probability of successful organizational change. The tasks of leading and sustaining change can be complex and often entail the interplay of multiple factors involving action by people at every level of the business. This book offers a guide that identifies the barriers and major challenges that may arise in the development of the closer integration of change and project management. With a better understanding of these issues, organizations can avoid such pitfalls when establishing their own integrated approach.

Value Management in Construction and Real Estate - Methodology and Applications (Paperback): Geoffrey Q. P. Shen, Ann T. W. Yu Value Management in Construction and Real Estate - Methodology and Applications (Paperback)
Geoffrey Q. P. Shen, Ann T. W. Yu
R1,095 Discovery Miles 10 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This cutting edge study explores alternative methods and tools to obtain value for money while maintaining quality in construction projects, especially large and complex ones. Extensive references throughout will help the reader develop a deeper understanding of the methodology, and self-study questions help to keep you on track. Ideal as a reference for practitioners and the perfect intro for students of construction or real estate.

Case Studies in Project, Program, and Organizational Project Management (Paperback): Dragan Z. Milosevic, Peerasit Patanakul,... Case Studies in Project, Program, and Organizational Project Management (Paperback)
Dragan Z. Milosevic, Peerasit Patanakul, Sabin Srivannaboon
R2,034 R1,837 Discovery Miles 18 370 Save R197 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The ever expanding market need for information on how to apply project management principles and the PMBOK contents to day-to-day business situations has been met by our case studies book by Harold Kerzner. That book was a spin-off from and ancillary to his best selling text but has gained a life of its own beyond adopters of that textbook. All indications are that the market is hungry for more cases while our own need to expand the content we control, both in-print and online woudl benefit from such an expansion of project management "case content." The authors propose to produce a book of cases that compliment Kerzner's book. A book that offers cases beyond the general project management areas and into PMI's growth areas of program management and organizational project management. The book will be structured to follow the PMBOK in coverage so that it can not only be used to supplement project management courses, but also for self sudy and training courses for the PMP Exam.

Virtual Edge (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Margery Mayer Virtual Edge (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Margery Mayer
R1,090 R1,014 Discovery Miles 10 140 Save R76 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Managing global teams requires critical management, communication, and leadership skills that build trust and effectiveness at each phase of team development. The second edition of The Virtual Edge delves deeper into the nuances of virtual teams and how case study research is an integral part of how effective virtual teams can be. The second edition of The Virtual Edge is divided into three main sections-Implications of Global Distributed Resources, Case Study Research, and Technology for Global Communications. These sections identify opportunities, challenges, and best practices unique to global project leaders who thrive on the excitement, challenge, and complexity of managing global distributed resources.

The Project Management Book - How to run successful projects in half the time (Hardcover): Fergus O'Connell The Project Management Book - How to run successful projects in half the time (Hardcover)
Fergus O'Connell
R281 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R92 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Business is becoming increasingly project-based and our ability to manage projects has become one of the key skills for success as managers and business people. This compact guide, written by a leading project management expert, gets to the heart of successful project management. Project management is not complicated - many projects may be complicated, but project management itself is not. By following a set of simple rules and applying simple techniques, there will be no need for the expensive project failures that we often see. Moreover, as this book shows, projects can be significantly shortened by again using simple ideas and techniques. Anyone who manages projects will find this book helps them to save time, effort, resources, and money.

Software Quality. Software and Systems Quality in Distributed and Mobile Environments - 7th International Conference, SWQD... Software Quality. Software and Systems Quality in Distributed and Mobile Environments - 7th International Conference, SWQD 2015, Vienna, Austria, January 20-23, 2015, Proceedings (Paperback)
Dietmar Winkler, Stefan Biffl, Johannes Bergsmann
R1,647 R1,021 Discovery Miles 10 210 Save R626 (38%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the scientific track of the 7th Software Quality Days Conference, SWQD 2015, held in Vienna, Austria, in January 2015. The SWQD conference offers a range of comprehensive and valuable information by presenting new ideas from the latest research papers, keynote speeches by renowned academics and industry leaders, professional lectures, exhibits, and tutorials. The four scientific full papers accepted for SWQD were each peer reviewed by three or more reviewers and selected out of 13 high-quality submissions. Further, four short papers were also presented and are included in this book. The papers are organized into topical sections on risk management and inspection, change impact analysis and systems testing, and software and systems architectures.

Opening the Black Box of Editorship (Paperback, 1st ed. 2008): Yehuda Baruch, A Konrad, Herman Aguinis, William H. Starbuck Opening the Black Box of Editorship (Paperback, 1st ed. 2008)
Yehuda Baruch, A Konrad, Herman Aguinis, William H. Starbuck
R2,748 Discovery Miles 27 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Understanding the roles of editors, and the processes of editorship in knowledge dissemination, are highly relevant issues for most scholars. Written by leading scholars with strong editorial experience, this book will serve as a guide for editors and scholars wishing to become editors in management and behavioural sciences.

Risk, Opportunity, Uncertainty and Other Random Models (Hardcover): Alan Jones Risk, Opportunity, Uncertainty and Other Random Models (Hardcover)
Alan Jones
R1,659 Discovery Miles 16 590 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Risk, Opportunity, Uncertainty and Other Random Models (Volume V in the Working Guides to Estimating and Forecasting series) goes part way to debunking the myth that research and development cost are somewhat random, as under certain conditions they can be observed to follow a pattern of behaviour referred to as a Norden-Rayleigh Curve, which unfortunately has to be truncated to stop the myth from becoming a reality! However, there is a practical alternative in relation to a particular form of PERT-Beta Curve. However, the major emphasis of this volume is the use of Monte Carlo Simulation as a general technique for narrowing down potential outcomes of multiple interacting variables or cost drivers. Perhaps the most common of these in the evaluation of Risk, Opportunity and Uncertainty. The trouble is that many Monte Carlo Simulation tools are 'black boxes' and too few estimators and forecasters really appreciate what is happening inside the 'black box'. This volume aims to resolve that and offers tips into things that might need to be considered to remove some of the uninformed random input that often creates a misinformed misconception of 'it must be right!' Monte Carlo Simulation can be used to model variable determine Critical Paths in a schedule, and is key to modelling Waiting Times and cues with random arisings. Supported by a wealth of figures and tables, this is a valuable resource for estimators, engineers, accountants, project risk specialists as well as students of cost engineering.

Best Fit Lines & Curves - And Some Mathe-Magical Transformations (Hardcover): Alan Jones Best Fit Lines & Curves - And Some Mathe-Magical Transformations (Hardcover)
Alan Jones
R1,672 Discovery Miles 16 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Best Fit Lines and Curves, and Some Mathe-Magical Transformations (Volume III of the Working Guides to Estimating & Forecasting series) concentrates on techniques for finding the Best Fit Line or Curve to some historical data allowing us to interpolate or extrapolate the implied relationship that will underpin our prediction. A range of simple 'Moving Measures' are suggested to smooth the underlying trend and quantify the degree of noise or scatter around that trend. The advantages and disadvantages are discussed and a simple way to offset the latent disadvantage of most Moving Measure Techniques is provided. Simple Linear Regression Analysis, a more formal numerical technique that calculates the line of best fit subject to defined 'goodness of fit' criteria. Microsoft Excel is used to demonstrate how to decide whether the line of best fit is a good fit, or just a solution in search of some data. These principles are then extended to cover multiple cost drivers, and how we can use them to quantify 3-Point Estimates. With a deft sleight of hand, certain commonly occurring families of non-linear relationships can be transformed mathe-magically into linear formats, allowing us to exploit the powers of Regression Analysis to find the Best Fit Curves. The concludes with an exploration of the ups and downs of seasonal data (Time Series Analysis). Supported by a wealth of figures and tables, this is a valuable resource for estimators, engineers, accountants, project risk specialists as well as students of cost engineering.

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