A Fresh Look at Improving Your Work Environment: Using Project Management Principles

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iUniverse, Nov 17, 2011 - Business & Economics - 136 pages
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Companies that want results need to ensure that every task an employee performs adds value to the organization. That requires a close examination of why expectations aren’t being met in order to improve processes.

It’s time to take a head-on approach to issues that prevent companies from hitting performance targets. You’ll take a fresh look at the most common issues that hurt companies and learn how to

• properly incorporate planning into the work process

• track the costs of defects and repairs when determining project costs

• form teams with a clear mission and the authority to complete tasks

• work toward a common goal instead of working against each other

Break down complex project methodology into principles that are easy to understand and that actually work. Multiple exercises reinforce principles and best practices that can be applied to diverse situations.

Examine the important factors that are hurting results at your organization, and start focusing on adding value with A Fresh Look at Improving Your Work Environment.

 

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Contents

Structured vs Unstructured Organizations
6
Organization versus Disorganization
7
Agreement on What to Cut
9
Foundational Steps of Successful Projects
14
Wasted Time Wasted Money
19
How Bad do you Want It
20
Characteristics of Work Within Without Project Management
25
Time Exchange
26
WBS Dictionary Sample
55
Building a Fence Cost Metrics Example
60
Custom Metrics Samples
67
Waterfall Workflow Example
76
Control Flows Reverse of Work Flow
81
Lessons Learned Table Sample
98
Tool for Measuring the Value of Finding Defects Early vs Late Sample
100
Closing Comments
103

Make Sure Something Bad Cant Happen
28
Define the Topic
37
Work Flow Modeling Sample
40
Ishikawa or Fishbone Diagram
42
Decision Analysis Matrix Sample
44
Work Breakdown Structure Initial Organization
54
Appendix
105
Value of Finding Defects Early Versus Late Tooltif
113
Index
115
Back Cover
122
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