Making Things Happen

Author: Scott Berkun
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 0596555393
Release Date: 2008-03-25
Genre: Computers

In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere. Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask. Topics in this new edition include: How to make things happen Making good decisions Specifications and requirements Ideas and what to do with them How not to annoy people Leadership and trust The truth about making dates What to do when things go wrong Complete with a new forward from the author and a discussion guide for forming reading groups/teams, Making Things Happen offers in-depth exercises to help you apply lessons from the book to your job. It is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project. Coming from the rare perspective of someone who fought difficult battles on Microsoft's biggest projects and taught project design and management for MSTE, Microsoft's internal best practices group, this is valuable advice indeed. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.

Wie ich die Dinge geregelt kriege

Author: David Allen
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492972314
Release Date: 2015-05-20
Genre: Self-Help

Eigentlich sollte man längst bei einem Termin sein, doch dann klingelt das Handy und das E-Mail-Postfach quillt auch schon wieder über. Für Sport und Erholung bleibt immer weniger Zeit und am Ende resigniert man ausgebrannt, unproduktiv und völlig gestresst. Doch das muss nicht sein. Denn je entspannter wir sind, desto kreativer und produktiver werden wir. Mit David Allens einfacher und anwendungsorientierter Methode wird beides wieder möglich: effizient zu arbeiten und die Freude am Leben zurückzugewinnen.

Project 2010 f r Dummies

Author: Nancy C. Muir
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9783527639076
Release Date: 2012-03-21
Genre: Computers

Wer sich selbst und seine Projekte gut organisieren kann, hat immer gute Karten. Alle, die MS Project 2010 einsetzen und damit jede Menge Zeit sparen wollen, ist dieses Buch genau das Richtige. Nat?rlich bleibt das Buch trotz des ernsten und anspruchsvollen Themas dem Dummiesstil treu und f?hrt locker und am?sant durch die M?glichkeiten dieses Programms. Sie erfahren, was neu ist bei MS Project 2010, wie sie viel Zeit und Nerven sparen k?nnen, wie man MS Project und MS Office zusammenarbeiten l?sst und vieles mehr, das man braucht, um dieses Programm erfolgreich und kreativ zu nutzen.

Essential Scrum

Author: Kenneth S. Rubin
Publisher: mitp Verlags GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783826690471
Release Date: 2014-05-20
Genre: Computers

Umfassendes Scrum-Wissen aus der Praxis Mit Vorworten von Mike Cohn und Ron Jeffries Umfassendes Scrum-Wissen auf Team-, Produkt- und Portfolio-Ebene Kernkonzepte, Rollen, Planung und Sprints ausführlich erläutert Auch geeignet zur Vorbereitung auf die Scrum-Zertifizierung Aus dem Inhalt: 1. Teil: Kernkonzepte Scrum-Framework Agile Prinzipien Sprints Anforderungen und User Stories Das Product Backlog Schätzungen und Velocity Technische Schulden 2. Teil: Rollen Product Owner ScrumMaster Entwicklungsteam Strukturen des Scrum-Teams Manager 3. Teil: Planung Scrum-Planungsprinzipien Mehrstufige Planung Portfolio-Planung Visionsfindung/Produktplanung Release-Planung 4. Teil: Sprints Sprint-Planung Sprint-Ausführung Sprint Review Sprint-Retrospektive Dieses Buch beschreibt das Wesen von Scrum – die Dinge, die Sie wissen müssen, wenn Sie Scrum erfolgreich einsetzen wollen, um innovative Produkte und Dienstleistungen zu entwickeln. Es ist entstanden, weil der Autor Kenneth S. Rubin als Agile- und Scrum-Berater oft nach einem Referenzbuch für Scrum gefragt worden ist – einem Buch, das einen umfassenden Überblick über das Scrum-Framework bietet und darüber hinaus die beliebtesten Ansätze für die Anwendung von Scrum präsentiert. Dieses Buch ist der Versuch, die eine entscheidende Quelle für alles Wesentliche über Scrum bereitzustellen. Rubin beleuchtet die Werte, Prinzipien und Praktiken von Scrum und beschreibt bewährte, flexible Ansätze, die Ihnen helfen werden, sie viel effektiver umzusetzen. Dabei liefert er mehr als nur die Grundlagen und weist zudem auf wichtige Probleme hin, die Ihnen auf Ihrem Weg begegnen können. Ob Sie sich nun zum ersten Mal an Scrum versuchen oder es schon seit Jahren benutzen: Dieses Buch weiht Sie in die Geheimnisse des Scrum-Entwicklungsverfahrens ein und vermittelt Ihnen ein umfangreiches Scrum-Wissen auf Team-, Produkt- und Portfolio-Ebene. Für diejenigen, die bereits mit Scrum vertraut sind, eignet es sich als Scrum-Referenz. Rubin hat das Buch nicht für eine bestimmte Scrum-Rolle geschrieben. Stattdessen soll es allen, die direkt oder indirekt mit Scrum zu tun haben, ein gemeinsames Verständnis von Scrum und den Prinzipien, auf denen es beruht, vermitteln. Stellen Sie sich meine Überraschung und mein Entzücken vor, als ich feststellte, dass das Buch praktisch alles behandelt, was man über Scrum wissen muss – sowohl für Anfänger als auch für alte Hasen. Ron Jeffries (aus dem Vorwort) Über den Autor: Kenneth S. Rubin ist zertifizierter Scrum- und Agile-Trainer und -Berater und hilft Unternehmen, ihre Produktentwicklung effektiver und wirtschaftlicher zu gestalten. Er hat inzwischen mehr als 18.000 Menschen in den Bereichen Agile und Scrum, Organisation objektorientierter Projekte und Übergangsmanagement unterwiesen und Hunderten von Unternehmen als Berater zur Seite gestanden. Rubin war der erste Managing Director der weltweit agierenden Scrum Alliance und erfolgreich als Scrum-Product-Owner, ScrumMaster und Entwickler unterwegs.

Die Macht der Gewohnheit Warum wir tun was wir tun

Author: Charles Duhigg
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 9783827070746
Release Date: 2012-09-10
Genre: History

Seit kurzem versuchen Hirnforscher, Verhaltenspsychologen und Soziologen gemeinsam neue Antworten auf eine uralte Frage zu finden: Warum tun wir eigentlich, was wir tun? Was genau prägt unsere Gewohnheiten? Anhand zahlreicher Beispiele aus der Forschung wie dem Alltag erzählt Charles Duhigg von der Macht der Routine und kommt dem Mechanismus, aber auch den dunklen Seiten der Gewohnheit auf die Spur. Er erklärt, warum einige Menschen es schaffen, über Nacht mit dem Rauchen aufzuhören (und andere nicht), weshalb das Geheimnis sportlicher Höchstleistung in antrainierten Automatismen liegt und wie sich die Anonymen Alkoholiker die Macht der Gewohnheit zunutze machen. Nicht zuletzt schildert er, wie Konzerne Millionen ausgeben, um unsere Angewohnheiten für ihre Zwecke zu manipulieren. Am Ende wird eines klar: Die Macht von Gewohnheiten prägt unser Leben weit mehr, als wir es ahnen.

Collaborative Evaluations

Author: Liliana Rodríguez-Campos
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804784856
Release Date: 2012-11-21
Genre: Business & Economics

Collaborative Evaluations: Step-by-Step, Second Edition is a comprehensive guide for evaluators who aim to master collaborative practice. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos and Rigoberto Rincones-Gómez present their Model for Collaborative Evaluations (MCE) with its six major components: identify the situation, clarify the expectations, establish a collective commitment, ensure open communication, encourage effective practices, and follow specific guidelines. Fully updated to reflect the state-of-the-art in the field, each core chapter addresses one component of the model, providing step-by-step guidance, as well as helpful tips for successful application. To further demonstrate the utility of the MCE, this new edition includes recurring vignettes about several evaluators and clients, illustrating frequent questions and specific challenges that arise when evaluators take a collaborative approach. Drawing on a wide range of collaborative evaluations conducted in the business, nonprofit, and education sectors, this precise and easy-to-understand guide is ideal for students and practitioners who want to use its tools immediately.

Why New Systems Fail

Author: Phil Simon
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781438944241
Release Date: 2008-11-17
Genre: Business & Economics

What does a Fortune 500 company implementing a multimillion dollar "off the shelf" system have in common with a 150 person firm building its own system? In each case, the organization failed to activate and utilize its system as initially conceived by senior management. These two organizations are hardly alone. On the contrary, more than three in five new systems fail. Many miss their deadlines. Others exceed their initial budgets, often by ghastly amounts. Even systems activated on time and under budget often fail to produce their expected results and almost immediately experience major problems. While the statistics are grim, there is at least some good news: This doesn't have to be the case. Organizations often lack the necessary framework to minimize the chance of system failure at three key points: before, during, and after system implementations. Why New Systems Fail provides such a framework with specific tools, tips, and questions from the perspective of a seasoned, independent consultant with more than a decade of related experience. The book examines in great detail the root causes of system failures. Case studies, examples, and lessons from actual system implementations are presented in an informative, straightforward, and very readable manner. More than a theoretical or technical text, the book offers pragmatic advice for organizations both deploying new systems and maintaining existing ones.

Web Design DeMYSTiFieD

Author: Wendy Willard
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071748025
Release Date: 2010-12-06
Genre: Education

Website DESIGN just got a whole lot EASIER! Learn the latest website development tools, techniques, and best practices. Web Design Demystified provides the hands-on help you need to get started. Written in a step-by-step format, this practical guide begins by covering website planning and designing for screens. Then, you'll learn how to build pages, use and integrate HTML and CSS, work with JavaScript, PHP, and XML, and use templates. Get tips for testing and going live as well as information on e-mail design and search engine optimization. Clear examples and concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce key concepts. It's a no-brainer! You'll learn how to: Create design mockups that meet the project goals Add images and multimedia with HTML Style text, lists, links, and forms with CSS Integrate HTML and CSS for layout Improve your site's search engine ranking Code HTML for e-mail Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an intermediate user, Web Design Demystified gives you the tools you need to create successful websites.

Semantic Web Technologies and Social Searching for Librarians

Author: Robin M. Fay
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 9781555707804
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Computers

There are trillions of bytes of information within the web, all of it driven by behind-the-scenes data. Vast quantities of information make it hard to find what?s really important. Here?s a practical guide to the future of web-based technology, especially search. It provides the knowledge and skills necessary to implement semantic web technology. You?ll learn how to start and track trends using social media, find hidden content online, and search for reusable online content, crucial skills for those looking to be better searchers. The authors explain how to explore data and statistics through WolframAlpha, create searchable metadata in Flickr, and give meaning to data and information on the web with Google?s Rich Snippets. Let Robin M. Fay and Michael P. Sauers show you how to use tools that will awe your users with your new searching skills.

SharePoint 2010 for Project Management

Author: Dux Sy
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449306373
Release Date: 2012-02-02
Genre: Computers

Provides information on organizing and management projects using SharePoint 2010, covering such topics as PMIS, project tracking, supporting team collaboration, and project reporting.

SharePoint 2010 for Project Management

Author: Dux Raymond Sy
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9781449327705
Release Date: 2012-01-12
Genre: Computers

If you were to analyze your team’s performance on a typical project, you’d be surprised how much time is wasted on non-productive tasks. This hands-on guide shows you how to work more efficiently by organizing and managing projects with SharePoint 2010. You’ll learn how to build a Project Management Information System (PMIS), customized to your project, that can effectively coordinate communication and collaboration among team members. Written by a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Microsoft SharePoint MVP with 15 years of IT project management experience, each chapter includes step-by-step guides as well as workshops that help you practice what you learn. Build a SharePoint PMIS that requires little assistance from your IT/IS department Define access permissions for project stakeholders and team members Centralize project artifacts and keep track of document history with version control Track project schedules, control changes, and manage project risks Automate project reporting and use web parts to generate on-demand status reports Integrate project management tools such as Excel, Microsoft Project, PowerPoint, and Outlook Apply your knowledge of PMIS techniques by working with a case study throughout the book "If you are a project manager looking for a technology-based, easily implemented, and usable solution for project communications, document management, and general project organization, this book is for you!" –Susan Weese, PgMP, President and Founder, Rhyming Planet

Software Project Effort Estimation

Author: Adam Trendowicz
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319036298
Release Date: 2014-05-07
Genre: Computers

Software effort estimation is one of the oldest and most important problems in software project management, and thus today there are a large number of models, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses in general, and even more importantly, in relation to the environment and context in which it is to be applied. Trendowicz and Jeffery present a comprehensive look at the principles of software effort estimation and support software practitioners in systematically selecting and applying the most suitable effort estimation approach. Their book not only presents what approach to take and how to apply and improve it, but also explains why certain approaches should be used in specific project situations. Moreover, it explains popular estimation methods, summarizes estimation best-practices, and provides guidelines for continuously improving estimation capability. Additionally, the book offers invaluable insights into project management in general, discussing issues including project trade-offs, risk assessment, and organizational learning. Overall, the authors deliver an essential reference work for software practitioners responsible for software effort estimation and planning in their daily work and who want to improve their estimation skills. At the same time, for lecturers and students the book can serve as the basis of a course in software processes, software estimation, or project management.

The Designer s Field Guide to Collaboration

Author: Caryn Brause
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781317621553
Release Date: 2016-11-18
Genre: Architecture

The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration provides practitioners and students with the tools necessary to collaborate effectively with a wide variety of partners in an increasingly socially complex and technology-driven design environment. Beautifully illustrated with color images, the book draws on the expertise of top professionals in the allied fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and construction management, and brings to bear research from diverse disciplines such as software development, organizational behavior, and outdoor leadership training. Chapters examine emerging and best practices for effective team building, structuring workflows, enhancing communication, managing conflict, and developing collective vision––all to ensure the highest standards of design excellence. Case studies detail and reflect on the collaborative processes used to create award-winning projects by Studio Gang, Perkins+Will, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, Gensler, CDR Studio, Mahlum Architects, In.Site:Architecture, and Thornton Tomasetti’s Core Studio. The book also provides pragmatic ideas and formal exercises for brainstorming productively, evaluating ideas, communicating effectively, and offering feedback. By emphasizing the productive influence and creative possibilities of collaboration within the changing landscape of architectural production, the book proposes how these practices can be taught in architecture school and expanded in practice. In a changing world that presents increasingly complex challenges, optimizing these collaborative skills will prove not only necessary, but crucial to the process of creating advanced architecture.

Project Management

Author: Bennet P. Lientz
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137285027
Release Date: 2012-10-10
Genre: Business & Economics

Why do projects fail? The rate of project failure remains high despite the use of project management methodologies, bodies of knowledge and new technologies. Project Management explores the risk and complexity inherent in project management and the potential problems that can arise. Drawing on the author's real life experiences, the book suggests actions and techniques that can be taken to help detect, prevent and resolve problems before they can have a major impact on a project. Focusing on both PMBoK and PRINCE2 methodologies and packed full of real life examples and revision questions, Project Management is an ideal text for undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students taking a module in project management. It will also be an invaluable resource for practicing project managers.