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Value Optimization For Project And Performance Management

Author : Robert B. Stewart
ISBN : 9780470622933
Genre : Business & Economics
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Discover the proven process for maximizing the potential value of any project. Showing readers how to apply value optimization techniques to project and performance management, dramatically increasing results and efficiency, Value Optimization for Project and Performance Management is written to compliment the Project Management Body of Knowledge, the guidance published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), making it readily applicable for any project manager. Presents methodology applied with hundreds of clients across a range of industries Filled with practical facilitation and implementation tips Presents a cohesive theory, structured framework, and diverse toolset Walks you through the value optimization process, showing you how to transform the way a product or process is perceived Brimming with examples, Value Optimization for Project and Performance Management provides a link to a free software demo for you to get started in applying value optimization in your own organization.

Value Engineering Mastermind

Author : Anil Kumar Mukhopadhyaya
ISBN : 9789352802128
Genre : Business & Economics
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This jargon-free book demystifies all the concepts required for a well rounded understanding of the theory of Value Engineering (VE) and Value Engineering Certification Programmes. Value Engineering Mastermind: From Concept to Value Engineering Certification helps the readers to: " Understand VE concepts. " Practise VE concepts and acquire the Society of American Value Engineers (SAVE) International Certifications-accorded in India by the Indian Value Engineering Society (INVEST). A special feature of this book is a set of questions at the end of every chapter to test the knowledge acquired, with answers at the end of the book. Since the book provides insights into the development of managerial traits through VE, it will be an important resource for companies that have begun to provide VE training to their employees, besides students of engineering and MBA courses. It will also be of much use to professional societies like the Indian Value Engineering Society, the Society of Indian Value Management, SAVE International, etc.

Risk Management For Design And Construction

Author : Ovidiu Cretu
ISBN : 1118028635
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The essential risk assessment guide for civil engineering, design, and construction Risk management allows construction professionals to identify the risks inherent in all projects, and to provide the tools for evaluating the probabilities and impacts to minimize the risk potential. This book introduces risk as a central pillar of project management and shows how a project manager can be prepared for dealing with uncertainty. Written by experts in the field, Risk Management for Design and Construction uses clear, straightforward terminology to demystify the concepts of project uncertainty and risk. Highlights include: Integrated cost and schedule risk analysis An introduction to a ready-to-use system of analyzing a project's risks and tools to proactively manage risks A methodology that was developed and used by the Washington State Department of Transportation Case studies and examples on the proper application of principles Information about combining value analysis with risk analysis "This book is a must for professionals who are seeking to move towards a proactive risk-centric management style. It is a valuable resource for students who are discovering the intricacies of uncertainties and risks within value estimation. For professionals, the book advocates for identifying and analyzing 'only' risks whose impact are of consequence to a project's performance." —JOHN MILTON, PhD, PE Director of Enterprise Risk Management, Washington State Department of Transportation

The Data Driven Project Manager

Author : Mario Vanhoucke
ISBN : 9781484234983
Genre : Business & Economics
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Discover solutions to common obstacles faced by project managers. Written as a business novel, the book is highly interactive, allowing readers to participate and consider options at each stage of a project. The book is based on years of experience, both through the author's research projects as well as his teaching lectures at business schools. The book tells the story of Emily Reed and her colleagues who are in charge of the management of a new tennis stadium project. The CEO of the company, Jacob Mitchell, is planning to install a new data-driven project management methodology as a decision support tool for all upcoming projects. He challenges Emily and her team to start a journey in exploring project data to fight against unexpected project obstacles. Data-driven project management is known in the academic literature as “dynamic scheduling” or “integrated project management and control.” It is a project management methodology to plan, monitor, and control projects in progress in order to deliver them on time and within budget to the client. Its main focus is on the integration of three crucial aspects, as follows: Baseline Scheduling: Plan the project activities to create a project timetable with time and budget restrictions. Determine start and finish times of each project activity within the activity network and resource constraints. Know the expected timing of the work to be done as well as an expected impact on the project’s time and budget objectives. Schedule Risk Analysis: Analyze the risk of the baseline schedule and its impact on the project’s time and budget. Use Monte Carlo simulations to assess the risk of the baseline schedule and to forecast the impact of time and budget deviations on the project objectives. Project Control: Measure and analyze the project’s performance data and take actions to bring the project on track. Monitor deviations from the expected project progress and control performance in order to facilitate the decision-making process in case corrective actions are needed to bring projects back on track. Both traditional Earned Value Management (EVM) and the novel Earned Schedule (ES) methods are used. What You'll Learn Implement a data-driven project management methodology (also known as "dynamic scheduling") which allows project managers to plan, monitor, and control projects while delivering them on time and within budget Study different project management tools and techniques, such as PERT/CPM, schedule risk analysis (SRA), resource buffering, and earned value management (EVM) Understand the three aspects of dynamic scheduling: baseline scheduling, schedule risk analysis, and project control Who This Book Is For Project managers looking to learn data-driven project management (or "dynamic scheduling") via a novel, demonstrating real-time simulations of how project managers can solve common project obstacles

A Comprehensive Guide To Project Management Schedule And Cost Control

Author : Randal Wilson
ISBN : 9780133572940
Genre : Business & Economics
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Master all the modern project scheduling and cost control techniques you need, in one focused tutorial! Randal Wilson's Project Schedule & Cost Control isn't your typical project management guide: it's 100% focused on the specific principles, techniques, and best-practice methodologies of scheduling and cost control. Wilson illuminates key issues through the extensive use of graphs, charts, case studies, and worked examples; and calls your attention to crucial issues that "generic" PM books ignore. Coverage includes: Project structures, including differences between projects and programs, and how those differences affect costing and scheduling Initiation: how projects start, how to develop project charters and stakeholder registers, and how to manage stakeholders Planning, in depth: what costs must be addressed, and what schedule constraints must be considered Project schedule analysis: activity definition, WBS, and work packages; activity sequencing and diagramming; proven methodologies for estimating resources and activity durations; and schedule development Project cost analysis: gathering and estimating all project costs, including labor, materials, vendor bids, subcontractors, contracts, equipment, facilities, and direct/indirect costs. Budgeting via top-down, bottom-up, and activity-based methods Project monitoring and control: earned value, tracking Gantt, S-Curves, performance reviews, milestone analysis, change control systems, estimate at completion, forecasting, and much more For both project management newcomers and working project managers who need to sharpen their skills

Cost And Value Management In Projects

Author : Ray R. Venkataraman
ISBN : 9781118174180
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Cost and Value Management in Projects provides practicing managers with a thorough understanding of the various dimensions of cost and value in projects, along with the factors that impact them, and the managerial approaches that would be most effective for achieving cost efficiency and value optimization. This book addresses cost from a strategic perspective, offering thorough coverage of the various elements of value management such as value planning, value engineering and value analysis from the perspective of projects.

Breakthrough Project Portfolio Management

Author : Murali Kulathumani
ISBN : 1604271493
Genre : Business & Economics
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This unique text explains how an impactful portfolio is attainable using a back-to-basics approach that includes the use of a simplified form of earned value management called mEVM for measuring and managing a portfolio, adapting it to changing situations, and executing effective decisions.

Pro Net Performance

Author : Sasha Goldshtein
ISBN : 9781430244585
Genre : Computers
File Size : 90. 73 MB
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Maximizing the performance of your algorithms and applications is extremely important and can give you a competitive advantage, a lower cost of ownership, and happier users. Pro .NET Performance explains the internals of Windows, the CLR, and the physical hardware that affect the performance of your applications, and gives you the knowledge and tools to measure how your code performs in isolation from external factors. The book is full of C# code samples and tips to help you squeeze every bit of juice from your application—lower memory utilization, consistent CPU usage, and fewer I/O operations across the network and disk. Pro .NET Performance will change the way you think about .NET application development. Guides you through performance measurement with a variety of profilers and other tools Explains how OS and CLR internals affect your application’s performance in unexpected ways Provides you with tips and real-life case studies for improving application performance What you’ll learn Measure your code’s performance with profilers and other tools. Understand where the bottlenecks are and focus on the right area for performance improvement. Manage memory efficiently by interacting properly with the garbage collector. Avoid common pitfalls by choosing the right abstractions. Understand the performance implications of the underlying operating system and runtime. Improve the performance of your applications by parallelization, caching, micro-optimization, and other techniques. Who this book is for Pro .NET Performance is for working .NET developers who care about the performance of their applications. It requires basic familiarity with Windows and the CLR, but guides the reader along the way and does not require prior experience with any performance-measurement tools. Pro .NET Performance also offers practical tips, case studies, and low-level knowledge for experienced developers and architects. Table of ContentsChapter 1: Performance Metrics Chapter 2: Performance Measurement Tools Chapter 3: Type Internals Chapter 4: Garbage Collection and Finalization Chapter 5: Collections and Generics Chapter 6: Concurrency and Parallelism Chapter 7: Networking, I/O, and Serialization Chapter 8: Unsafe Code and Interoperability Chapter 9: Algorithm Optimization Chapter 10: Performance Patterns Chapter 11: Web Application Performance

The Optimization Edge Reinventing Decision Making To Maximize All Your Company S Assets

Author : Stephen Sashihara
ISBN : 9780071748339
Genre : Business & Economics
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Why downsize when you can OPTIMIZE? "At McDonald’s our focus has always been on providing maximum value to customers through ‘optimal’ quality and tight cost management, which is why Optimization has become such a pivotal concept for us. Steve Sashihara’s book brings the concept to life.” —Kenneth M. Koziol, Corp. Senior Vice President, Innovation and Design, McDonald’s Corp. “Steve Sashihara convincingly demonstrates how the application of advanced quantitative techniques can significantly improve day-to-day decision making, which is what we have done at Quad/Graphics.” —Dave Blais, Executive Vice President, Quad/Graphics “The Optimization Edge is a powerful book that will change the way organizations make decisions and manage their assets.” —Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, Leader to Leader Institute; Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom “At UPS, the ‘optimization edge’ has given us a competitive advantage. It enables us to solve problems of great complexity seamlessly and with increased velocity, resulting in smarter decisions and ultimately bringing greater value to our customers.” —Chuck Holland, Vice President of Industrial Engineering, UPS About the Book: In these challenging economic times, more and more companies have turned to “cut-back management” to ensure their survival. But how do some manage to outshine their competitors—and even grow—during downturns? How does Google outsearch the other search engines? How does McDonald’s McClobber the competition? More important, how can you increase your company’s profits without downsizing? The answer is Asset Optimization. This groundbreaking approach to decision making utilizes the latest advances in mathematics and computer software. Optimization expert Steve Sashihara shows you how to squeeze every ounce of value from your company, even under “perfect storm” conditions. You’ll learn how to: Drive up your company’s value—even in a downturn Re-allocate your resources—for maximum performance Streamline your company—and stay ahead of the competition Optimize your assets—for long-term growth A proven, practical, and workable alternative to “corporate anorexia,” Optimization is your best option for dealing head-on with marketplace volatility and resource scarcity. This step-by-step guide offers concrete, ready-to- use tools drawn from decades of superior business practices—the best-kept secrets of global successes such as Amazon, Google, Marriott, McDonald’s, Intel, SAS, and UPS. You’ll learn what Optimization is, what best practices you can immediately put to use, how to use Optimization to speed up and improve decision making, and how to integrate Optimization into your organization’s culture. If you want to thrive in any economy—and grow your company in the future—forget about downsizing. Get The Optimization Edge.

The It Value Network

Author : Tony J. Read
ISBN : 0470541873
Genre : Business & Economics
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Learn to measure and manage the real value of IT investment and spending IT investments are becoming more than just business enablers or assets on the books; they provide capability that can drive the business. Thought leadership should migrate towards information investment, getting a bigger bang for the buck from the 'I' in IT and from the 'I' in CIO. The IT Value Network: From IT Investment to Stakeholder Economic Value incorporates new emerging decision support methods, such as real options, which are considered to complement traditional financial measures. Organizational and informational economic based techniques are also incorporated to manage and assess IT investments, including the balanced scorecard (BSC), and investment and portfolio management; in addition to coverage of IT key performance indicators and competitive benchmarking. Selected as a top 10 best IT-Business book for 2009 by CIO Insight - Praises for The IT Value Network: From IT Investment to Stakeholder Value "This is probably the best 'up-to-date' executive information management resource since Strassmann's works of fifteen years ago. Tony Read provides a comprehensive and insightful assessment of the state of IT investment and the value of various technologies and information management in the modern enterprise. For corporate executives trying to navigate this rapidly changing landscape, this book is highly recommended." —Paul A. Brinkley, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (U.S.) for Business Transformation Agency "Managing technology investments with a value-based approach just works—it has provided significant stakeholder value at Indigo. This book is a must-read for both IT and business managers who want to improve the return on their IT investments." —Michael Serbinis, President, Shortcovers, CIO & EVP, Indigo Books & Music Inc. "Difficulty proving the business value of IT remains a key barrier to IT executives. IT Value Network provides a clear road map to chief information officers interested in moving beyond simply aligning business and technology strategies. It is a must-read for IT executives who wish to become true partners to the business." —Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus, CIO magazine "This book is a complete study of how value is derived and measured from IT investments. All IT strategy professionals should read it and have access to it. I strongly recommend it." —Ali Hamza, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) "IT spending continues to climb, but IT value is invariably left on the table. Tony's new book will enlighten both the practitioner and academic to new approaches and techniques for capturing and realizing stakeholder economic value—with a great perspective to sustaining competitive advantage or as the book promotes network advantage, across the firm's value system." —Edward Lieblein, PhD, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, Nova Southeastern University "Tony Read's book provides excellent insight and strategies for maximizing shareholder return from IT investments. The book gives a timely response to the challenges every CIO and CFO face in the current economic environment. It is now more important than ever to demonstrate IT return on investment and this book is a valuable aid for Cx's looking to leverage every IT dollar to secure maximum business return" —Albert R. Hitchcock, CIO, Vodafone Group

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