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Designed to conform to the ISO/IEC standard 14143, the Common Software Measurement International Consortium (COSMIC) Function Point method has become the major estimation technique based on international standards for building software-intensive systems. COSMIC Function Points: Theory and Advanced Practices supplies a cutting-edge look at current and emerging practices in the international software measurement community. The editors have assembled an international panel of experts who detail the steps for measuring the functional size of software and developing project estimates with improved accuracy. They explain how to evaluate and compare systems to improve software reuse and development. Touching on the essential aspects of the next generation of functional size measurement methods, the book delineates best estimation and measurement practices as well as the development of benchmarks for quality improvement, including Six Sigma. This complete resource covers software measurement and estimation methods and practices for embedded systems, business applications, communications software, and control systems. Each chapter supplies the practical understanding required to create, implement, standardize, distribute, and adapt functional size measurement and project estimation to virtually any software context. Praise for: ... an excellent overview ... provides a strong knowledge background for both practitioners and researchers. ... With its broad background, it is useful for practically implementing and successfully adapting other functional sizing methods ... . The COSMIC function point techniques presented in this book will help you to implement, master, and improve your estimation process. -Christof Ebert, Managing Director, Vector Consulting Services
Anybody recognizes that if things were better organized people would be better off. We have all had experiences with bureaucratic red tape, impersonal government agencies or careless commercial enterprises. The problem of poor organization is serious and costs trillions in waste, inefficiency and lowered productivity. On a more individual level, organization is a key-and often missing-factor in personal success. It is also a necessity for a flourishing family. Attainment of one's goals, no matter how small or how large, requires a knowledge of organization. How do you most efficiently and productively manage your time, your activities and your resources? How do you minimize distractions? And how do you align your strengths in order to accomplish your purposes? L. Ron Hubbard recognized that Man was as lacking in understanding of how to organize his activities as he was about his true spiritual nature. And a sizable portion of his research was devoted to clarify the subject of organization, a task he fully accomplished. This course contains only some of the most basic principles of the organizing technology he developed, but these fundamentals are, by themselves, enough to greatly enhance the activity of any endeavor, whether that of a group or an individual. Chaos and confusion are not natural conditions of life. They only exist when natural laws are not understood and followed. Here are some of the natural laws of organization and organizing.
Understand how designing a technology product in a startup environment is markedly different from product design at established companies. This book teaches product designers how to think and frame problems in the dynamic context of startups. You will discover how to enhance your soft skills that are often not taught, but are crucial to your success. In the emerging field of design for technology products, there are many books and resources covering the hard skills-such as visual design, interface design, prototyping, and motion design. These skills are necessary to design work; however, without an understanding of the true potential of design and the skills required to unleash that potential in a startup setting, the impact of design may remain at a production level and not reach a position where it can positively impact product strategy and the business bottom line. Hacking Product Design addresses that gap in knowledge. What You'll Learn Gain foundational knowledge: know what startups are, the mindset designers should have when working in startups, and how to solve problems Generate product ideas, collaborate with others, and prioritize what to do to maximize the potential of those ideas Discover how to be successful in designing great products-know what to focus on and the principles to follow Who This Book Is For Those interested in becoming product designers in startups, including design students, junior designers, front-end engineers, and graphic and web designers who want to transition to designing technology products
Your must-have tool for perfect project management Want to take your career to the next level and be a master of planning, organising, motivating and controlling resources to meet your goals? This easy-to-use guide has you covered! Project Management Checklists For Dummies takes the intimidation out of project management, and shows you step by step how to use rigorous self-check questions to save significant time and headaches in managing your projects effectively. Project Management Checklists For Dummies gives you to-do lists, hands-on checklists and helpful guidance for managing every phase of a project from start to finish. Before you know it, you'll be a star project manager as you organise, estimate and schedule projects in today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment. * Includes useful to-do lists and checklists to ensure all the necessary steps are completed * Offers simple exercises to help clarify needs and requirements along the way * Provides templates to complete, which can also be downloaded from Dummies.com and customised to suit your unique requirements * Supplies hints and tips to help you along the way If you're a project manager or any professional charged with managing a project and wondering where to start Project Management Checklists For Dummies is your ready-made tool for success.
Essential project management forms aligned to the PMBOK(R) Guide--Sixth Edition A Project Manager's Book of Forms is an essential companion to the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Packed with ready-made forms for managing every stage in any project, this book offers both new and experienced project managers an invaluable resource for thorough documentation and repeatable processes. Endorsed by PMI and aligned with the PMBOK(R) Guide, these forms cover all aspects of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing; each form can be used as-is directly from the book, or downloaded from the companion website and tailored to your project's unique needs. This new third edition has been updated to align with the newest PMBOK(R) Guide, and includes forms for agile, the PMI Talent Triangle, technical project management, leadership, strategic and business management, and more. The PMBOK(R) Guide is the primary reference for project management, and the final authority on best practices--but implementation can quickly become complex for new managers on large projects, or even experienced managers juggling multiple projects with multiple demands. This book helps you stay organized and on-track, helping you ensure thorough documentation throughout the project life cycle. Adopt PMI-endorsed forms for documenting every process group Customize each form to suit each project's specific needs Organize project data and implement a repeatable management process Streamline PMBOK(R) Guide implementation at any level of project management experience Instead of wasting time interpreting and translating the PMBOK(R) Guide to real-world application, allow PMI to do the work for you: A Project Manager's Book of Forms provides the PMBOK(R)-aligned forms you need to quickly and easily implement project management concepts and practices.
Managing projects, a prominent feature of working life, inevitably involves change at some level. Even though successful project management depends on organizational change, textbooks often fail to recognize this symbiotic nature. This book" "offers students a practical understanding of the strategic and organizational role of projects.
Projects are hard. By definition, projects are about non-routine activities. Many of them are large and complex; they may involve many people, often from different backgrounds and increasingly with different languages and cultures. Amongst all of this, it is easy to get lost, to overlook important trends or to misunderstand each other. So projects fail. Graham Oakes' Project Reviews, Assurance and Governance is about learning from your mistakes and understanding what's really going on with your projects. In order for reviews and assurance to provide you with this information and learning, you need to perform them effectively and that is the purpose of this book. The core of the book is built around a number of models of project review processes and governance, all derived from practice and interspersed with case studies drawn from practitioners, project management literature and from practices in other industry. The result is the blend of the conceptual and the practical needed to make your project assurance process sympathetic, relevant and rigorous for your organization and the range of projects and programmes which you undertake.
"Critical Chain," a gripping fast-paced business novel, does for Project Management what Eli Goldratt's other novels have done for Production and Marketing. Dr. Goldratt's books have transformed the thinking and actions of management throughout the world.
The big challenge for a successful AI project isn't deciding which problems you can solve. It's deciding which problems you should solve. In Managing Successful AI Projects, author and AI consultant Veljko Krunic reveals secrets for succeeding in AI that he developed with Fortune 500 companies, early-stage start-ups, and other business across multiple industries. Key Features * Selecting the right AI project to meet specific business goals * Economizing resources to deliver the best value for money * How to measure the success of your AI efforts in the business terms * Predict if you are you on the right track to deliver your intended business results For executives, managers, team leaders, and business-focused data scientists. No specific technical knowledge or programming skills required. About the technology Companies small and large are initiating AI projects, investing vast sums of money on software, developers, and data scientists. Too often, these AI projects focus on technology at the expense of actionable or tangible business results, resulting in scattershot results and wasted investment. Managing Successful AI Projects sets out a blueprint for AI projects to ensure they are predictable, successful, and profitable. It's filled with practical techniques for running data science programs that ensure they're cost effective and focused on the right business goals. Veljko Krunic is an independent data science consultant who has worked with companies that range from start-ups to Fortune 10 enterprises. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and an MS in Engineering Management, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
The rate of failure of IT projects has remained little changed in
survey after survey over the past 15-20 years-over 40-50%. This has
happened in spite of new technology, innovative methods and tools,
and different management methods. Why does this happen? Why can't
the situation be better? One reason is that many think of each IT
effort as unique. In reality many IT projects are very similar at a
high, strategic level. Where they differ is in the people and exact
events-the detail. If you read the literature or have been in
information systems or IT for some time, you have seen the same
reasons for failure and the same problems and issues recur again
This book is designed to appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate
students studying project management and pursuing a business
degree. It gives a comprehensive overview of project management
practice, while carefully balancing the unique aspects of project
management curricula with the more general business skills,
including quality, risk, teams, and leadership. The text includes a
wide range of cases to connect the academic principles and the
complexity of real-life projects. The text is also supported by
multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter, as well as
in-text exercises and examples to illustrate the concepts and ideas
throughout the book.
In the health and community service industries, projects are increasingly used for the development of new services, and to achieve change in existing services, work practices and delivery models. Until now, project workers in these fields have had to rely on books designed for architects, builders and IT administrators. This is the first textbook to take the principles of project management and place them into a context relevant for people working in health and community services. This book provides a critical guide to both the strategic and operational aspects of using projects and making them work. Covering topics such as the lifecycle of a project, planning, execution and evaluation, risk management, change and effective teams, Project Management for Health and Community Services uses extensive international case studies and examples from the field. Written by authors with years of practical experience, this is a valuable resource for anyone studying or working on health and community services. Project Management for Health and Community Services offers students and professionals practical problem solving strategies and provides a comprehensive guide to managing projects as well as tips on managing a team and the stakeholders.
This new edition of Civil Engineering: Supervision and Management
updates and revises the best practical guide for on-site engineers.
Written from the point of view of the project engineer it details
their responsibilities, powers and duties.
The Project Management Office (PMO) is a rapidly emerging concept in project management that has evolved in terms of its application, sophistication, and proven results. Most literature on the subject focuses on a specific facet or purpose of PMO. The Advanced Project Management Office: A Comprehensive Look at Function and Implementation provides an all-inclusive description of the PMO and allows project management professionals to select the features most appropriate and relevant to the issues at hand, while keeping the full PMO picture in perspective. The authors illustrate how the PMO can be used to reduce costs of projects, decrease time to market for new products, increase corporate profits, and ensure project success.
Organizations that rely on computing technology for survival understand the critical importance of managing projects that meet strategic goals and objectives. The diversity of business globalization and electronic commerce combined with the unceasing pace of technical change continues to challenge efforts for more proficient project management techniques. Presenting the tools you need to meet the challenges of the new business environment, New Directions in Project Management covers best practices in all areas of managing software development projects - practices that have been determined by measurable results not vague ideologies.
Describes global best practices, competencies, and standards of superior project organizations based on research conducted by the Top 500 Project Management Forum. It emphasizes the selection process, performance evaluation, and personnel development to provide the key elements for adjusting and adapting to flexible conditions. The text also highlights enhancements in professional image, job performance, and personal earnings.
"Explores how engineering teams can ensure success by using strategic project planning properly. Provides a proven question-and-question format to facilitate completion of all types of projects. Focuses on decision-making, resolving major conflicts and finding ways for team members to work together, changing the strategic direction of major projects, and identifying and managing risks. Presented in a 8 3/8 x 11 spiral-bound workbook."
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) is PMI's flagship publication and is a fundamental re-source for effective project management in any industry. It has been up-dated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. Over the past few years, more and more stakeholders have asked us for content on agile and more are using agile practices. That's why infor-mation on agile practices will be included alongside traditional approach-es in this sixth edition and we partnered with Agile Alliance to create the new Agile Practice Guide.The PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide were created to complement each other. Together these two publications are a pow-erful tool that enable the right approach for the right project.This dynamic duo presents solutions for project delivery professionals working in the entire spectrum of approaches from predictive (or wa-terfall) to cutting edge agile methodologies.
The increasingly multilateral and regional nature of security building has given great prominence to cross-cultural aspects of international dialogue. The case studies in this collection examine how and when cultural elements affect arms control and security-building negotiations and policies. They treat issues such as religious, communal and normative orientations towards war and peace; the impact of legacies of conflict, colonialism and state building; attitudes towards regional and multilateral relations; cultural styes of diplomacy and negotiation; the nature of civil-military relations; the societal outlooks on authority, violence and conflict management. Discussing a range of states and regions - the East-West experience, Latin America, China, Southeast Asia, India and the Arab-Israeli conflict - the contributors elaborate a concept of security culture that draws together the diplomatic, political, strategic and social elements athat influence seurity policy-making.
After more than 50 years as a manager and VE pioneer, Richard J. Park presents Value Engineering: A Plan for Invention. Park demonstrates how to adopt VE as a thinking process that can enable you to increase your problem solving skills, cultivate innovation, reduce costs, improve productivity, and more.
Project Management presents the basics of one-off project
management in an easy to follow format. Topics covered include
This new textbook fills an important gap in the existing literature, in that it prepares construction engineering and built environment students for their first experience of the jobsite. This innovative book integrates conceptual and hands-on knowledge of project engineering to introduce students to the construction process and familiarize them with the procedures and activities they need to operate as project engineers during their summer internships and immediately after graduation. The textbook is structured into four sections: Section A: Introductory Concepts Section B: Field Engineering Section C: Office Engineering Section D: Advanced Project Engineering The emphasis on field tasks and case studies, questions, and exercises taken from across civil works and commercial building sectors makes this the ideal textbook for introductory to intermediate courses in Construction Engineering, Construction Engineering Technology, Civil and Architectural Engineering, and Construction Management degree programs.
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