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81. Managing Technological Innovation
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82. Modern Systems Analysis and Design
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83. Fundamentals of Machine Elements
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84. Systems Engineering Principles
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85. Successful Project Management:
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86. Handbook of Applied Optimization
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87. Contemporary Engineering Economics
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88. Engineering Economy
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94. Lean Six Sigma for Service : How
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81. Managing Technological Innovation : Competitive Advantage from Change
by FrederickBetz
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Asin: 0471225630
Catlog: Book (2003-06-20)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Sales Rank: 586487
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Written by technology management pioneer Fredrick Betz, this updated edition introduces technology management and illustrates the importance of managing information technologies, as well as how MOT is carried out with todays physical technologies. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Verbose, dull, and utterly uninspiring
This textbook was a requirement for a graduate-level course taught by (guess who?) Dr. Betz. I had read the entire book before the class even started (thank god for coffee), and I re-read every chapter as the semester progressed. I received an 'A' on every assignment, which is good, considering that I was bored out of my mind with the material. The book has a few interesting anecdotes, and a lot of page-filler anecdotes. It is more concerned with scientifically correct vocabulary than giving context to concept in plain English (e.g. endless ranting about physical morphologies, schematic logic, and different flavors of paradigms -- YAAAWN). Overall, this forgettable piece of work is reflective of an uninspiring academic.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Big Picture on Management of Technology
Betz's book qualifies as a "seminal work" on the subject of the Management of Technology. The book is concise and well-written.
It gives the needed historical perspective on technology issues.

To give you an idea of the scope and clarity of Betz's vision I note that he aptly summarizes the technological history of the world in a few paragraphs of his introduction. These most pithy sentences present a Big Picture that will serve as the backdrop to his cogent exploration of contemporary management of technology issues (a sample):

"The gun ended the ancient dominance of the feudal warrior, and the printing press secularized knowledge. The combination of the rise of the mercantile class and the secularization of knowledge are hallmarks of modern societies."

Betz brings together a lot of good research and presents it in a concise and stimulating format. He doesn't present the research as if the thinking had already been done. He ends each chapter with some questions for reflection.

Having written myself on the subject of intellectual property law [in the International Media Encyclopedia Academic Press 2002, 2003], I was amazed to find illuminating case studies on the subject that I had overlooked. For example, Betz explains that the drug Penacillin was not developed commercially until WWII because companies did not want to undertake development costs without a patent.

I highly recommend Betz's book both for Managers of Technology and for classroom use in Undergraduate and Graduate Business schools and perhaps even in Econ departments. While not an economics textbook it serves as a good introduction to technology issues for economists as well. Economists of course need to read the original papers by Schumpeter and Kondratieff, Sah and Stiglitz, but they will find important clues to the significance of those works here. I recommend the reader follow up this book by reading Hal Varian's Internet Economics or Paula Samuelson's publications on Intellectual Property along with Eric Reymond's
The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

I find the book's case studies well written and very thought provoking. I literally couldn't put the book down. At the first reading I skipped the main text to read the case studies on Apple, RCA and Ford.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too simple and too much introductory -not for grad student
This book is too simple to use as a textbook. It's a nice book for undergrad class in business school or introductory class of management in engineering fields. Again, this is not the book that can be used as a textbook at all. Too simple and spend half book just for "roughly talking". Reader can found more reviews in "Interfaces, Vol.29, (2), 1999", in Book review section. The economic of technology is the more important is ignored in this book. Not recommend. ... Read more

82. Modern Systems Analysis and Design (3rd Edition)
by Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Joey George, Joseph Valacich
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Asin: 0130339903
Catlog: Book (2001-06-19)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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4-0 out of 5 stars not cheap, but worth-to-buy book.
I just finished a system analysis & design course with this text book. A through-semester project was also done. Actually, I had a chance to compare severals book on System Analysis & Design. My bottom line for this book is that this book is the one currently most worth to buy. Its throughful and easy-to-understand explanation for each SDLC step, how it's applied in real business situation and all possible tools for each step, such as CASE, JAD, DFDs, E-R diagrams (Flankly, i think ER diagrams of this book need more improvement..) and so on. All are really good to catch out clear concept to understand 'what is the system analysis & design' and 'how it works'. If you want to buy a book delivering clear concepts of system analysis and design and how it works in real business situation. I recommend this book. But, If you want very specific, in-dept or new-kids-on-the-block kind of topics for System analysis & design, I don't recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Core Fundamentals Explained in Depth
Jeffrey Hoffer put together a strong book with his co-authors. I have not only used this text in the class room, but have had Hoffer as a professor. Let me be the first to say that this man knows his stuff.

Beyond that, this book was amazing, it has covered anything in the systems analysis and design stages that I have seen and used in the real world.

Unfortunatly his focus during codeing programs, is on CASE rather than modelers (Which is becomming a stronger trend in more innovative, fast-paced markets).

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This is a good book as these things go. It's not an easy read, for reasons I'm not all that sure why, but it's chock full of decent stuff. The chapters on logical & physical database design in particular make a hard slog out of what many already know intuitively.

There's the wiff of big IS departments about this book - an environment which has largely had its day. Real systems development just doesn't work as methodically or logically as presented here. I was, however, impressed with how the author would admit real-world reasons for why the presented theories don't always happen.

Its biggest problem is its size. A condensed version could take the most salient points and be half the size of this tome, and the rest could be put in another add-on book. It would be much easier to read physically, and probably seem less intimidating.

The index is pretty ordinary. If they ever do a 4th edition, this is one area that needs work. Terms like "Physical Context Diagram", "intelligent key" are dropped in the text, but not indexed. Actually, "intelligent key' is never even explained.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Surprise
I was just reading some of the other reviews and was surprised to discover this text is also used for Master's level classes. I'm pursuing my BSIS through distance learning, and this book was used for a recent class. Although I sometimes struggle with reading texts because they are not as exciting as the nearest fiction book, this was surprisingly easy to make it through. I didn't get lost in long paragraphs and obscure explanations. It gets a great big thumbs up from me!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent college text book
As an adjunct professor of systems and database design, I use Hoffer's text in my master's level courses. It covers a huge breadth of topics in sufficient detail to give students a basic understanding, even if we completely skip the large numbers of case histories. I'm particularly pleased with its illustrations and the manner in which it handles the zillions of disparate diagramming methods available for system design. I'm happy enough with it as a classroom text that I use it as a reference for my day-job as a computer consultant. Strongly reccomended. ... Read more

83. Fundamentals of Machine Elements
by Bernard J Hamrock
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Asin: 0072421460
Catlog: Book (2000-02-24)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 869667
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The text provides thorough coverage of the fundamentals of machine elements and their application in real engineering situations. The book is divided into two parts. Part I (chs 1-8) covers the fundamentals and Part II (chs 9-19) uses the fundamentals while considering the design of various examples and elements. Fundamentals of Machine Elements is rich with examples and homework problems designed to test students' understanding and to motivate them in their studies. Engineering design is stressed throughout the book through the use of open-ended problems, design procedure boxes, and in-text discussion. Further, there is a final chapter of case studies and multi-concept design projects and problems likely to be encountered by practicing engineers. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written, disappointing.
The author seems to have no graduate level education. This book is filled with empirical equations and has no academic deapth. The author himself does not know where each equations come from. Most of the exercise problems are the exact copy from other books. There is no reference listed, and it seems a violation of copywrite. Too many typos and wrongly drawn figures bother readers. This book is a waste of time and money. ... Read more

84. Systems Engineering Principles and Practice
by AlexanderKossiakoff, William N.Sweet
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Asin: 0471234435
Catlog: Book (2002-11-15)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Sales Rank: 32364
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This classroom-tested approach is based on a successful course at Johns Hopkins University, originally developed to serve the needs of Westinghouse Co.
* Provides an excellent entry-level approach to understanding how to minimize complexity and maximize efficiency in industry and business.
* Each chapter will be accompanied by a set of problems to aid understanding.
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85. Successful Project Management: A Step-by-Step Approach with Practical Examples, 3rd Edition
by Milton D. Rosenau
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Asin: 0471293040
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 199103
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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An easy-to-follow blueprint for getting the project done on schedule, under budget, and according to specifications-every time

This Third Edition of an internationally bestselling guide provides project managers- in-training, product developers, and team leaders with a quick, easy way to master the basics of project management.

Using a lively, conversational style, project management guru Mickey Rosenau equips you with a set of general principles and "tested-in-the-trenches" techniques for managing projects in virtually any type of organization. He also arms you with original, easy-to-use tools for resolving any technical, mechanical, or personnel problem that can arise over the course of a project.

To make the complex discipline of project management as easy to understand and master as possible, Rosenau breaks it down into 22 chronological steps, grouped into five phases or processes-from defining project goals and planning the work to leading the team, monitoring progress, and completing the project.

Extensively revised to reflect the latest trends in the field, this Third Edition is nearly one-third larger than its predecessor and features fully integrated coverage of the latest cost estimating and project management software. It also includes, for the first time, a chapter on new product development projects.

Successful Project Management, Third Edition is an ideal primer for students and an indispensable quick reference for experienced project managers, team leaders, and new product developers.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Project Management
Excelent Book. Direct to the point. I have recommended this one to other project managers and they agreed with my opinion.

Easy to get, easy to undertand.

Best Regards

Rolando Ramos

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Basic Project Management Book for Product Development
I've read a number of project management books over the years, and very few of them fit at all in a product development environment. This book fits and matches product development very well. In fact, in my opinion, it is the best basic project management book on the market currently for application in product development. This shouldn't be a surprise though since Mickey Rosenau understands project management practice in the field of product development. Beware of the other authors who claim that they understand product development and then apply a traditional approach to project management. Project management in product development is different, and a traditional approach to project management doesn't work in product development. Stay away from the traditional management approach and get this book instead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice book, easy to read, and ready to put in practice.
Excellent book, a good guide to improve project management ... Read more

86. Handbook of Applied Optimization
by P. M. Pardalos, Mauricio G. C. Resende, Panos M. Pardalos
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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87. Contemporary Engineering Economics (3rd Edition)
by Chan S. Park
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Asin: 0130893102
Catlog: Book (2001-07-06)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 130286
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good.
This is an excellent text for an engineering economics class. It concisely explains and demonstrates basic ideas and financial concepts in a logical manner. The only draw back I could detect was the author's nomemclature, which he introduces at the first of the text. If you don't memorize it early on, it becomes difficult to understand quickly. The professor who taught the Engineering Economics class I took was none other than Chan Park himself (guess what the required text was!). ... Read more

88. Engineering Economy
by Leland T Blank, AnthonyTarquin, Leland Blank, Anthony Tarquin
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Asin: 0072432349
Catlog: Book (2002-08-20)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 253739
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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This student-friendly text on the current economic issues particular to engineering covers the topics needed to analyze engineering alternatives. Students use both hand-worked and spreadsheet solutions of examples, problems and case studies. In this edition the options have been increased, with an expanded spreadsheet analysis component, twice the number of case studies, and virtually all new end-of-chapter problems. The chapters on factor derivation and usage, cost estimation, replacement studies, and after-tax evaluation have been heavily revised. New material is included on public sector projects and cost estimation. A reordering of chapters puts the fundamental topics up front in the text. Many chapters include a special set of problems that prepare the students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

This college-level text provides students and practicing professionals with a solid preparation in the financial understanding of engineering problems and projects, as well as the techniques needed for evaluating and making sound economic decisions. Distinguishing characteristics include learning objectives for each chapter, an easy-to-read writing style, many solved examples, integrated spreadsheets, and case studies throughout the text. Graphical cross-referencing between topics and quick-solve spreadsheet solutions are indicated in the margins throughout the text. While the chapters are progressive, over three-quarters can stand alone, allowing instructors flexibility for meeting course needs. A complete online learning center (OLC) offers supplemental practice problems, spreadsheet exercises, and review questions for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible start for any financial studies.
This book is not a good book at all. The book has hardly any examples to help you learn the material. It is full of problems at the end of each chapter, but it is hard to solve any of them due to the lack of worked out example problems. The book is full of proofs of the financial formulas, which is a waste of time in the real world. The book is hard to read and even harder to understand. The only good use of this book is toilet paper and it wouldn't do a very good job at that either.

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect start for Financial Evaluation Studies
This book offers a simple introduction to Financial Mathematics and Economic Engineering most of the chapters has wonderful examples for understanding and comprenhend the matters of this subject. If you are really interested in advanced skills on Financial Evaluation situations or proyects this is the perfect book to begin with. Start to read it and enjoy doing all the exercises this is real Analitic bussines and economic cases. ... Read more

89. Product Design for Manufacture & Assembly Revised & Expanded
by G. Boothroyd, Peter Dewhurst, Winston Knight, Geoffrey Boothroyd, W. A. Knight
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-15)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars good methodology on how to re-engineer a product
Boothroyd and Dewhurst are recognized as international experts on the re-engineering of electro-mechanical products. Their methodology and guidelines have been widely documented to make significant savings. I have used their techniques with dozens of products in many companies in North America with vast improvement. I have also taught these techniques to many, many engineers who have had the same success.

The book is a good, comprehensive overview of designing products to ease thier assembly and manufacture. Other texts are available but most are not written as clearly. ... Read more

90. Quality Management: Introduction to Total Quality Management for Production, Processing, and Services (4th Edition)
by David L. Goetsch, Stanley Davis
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Catlog: Book (2002-04-17)
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This direct, straightforward book provides readers with material that focuses on making the theories and principles of total quality practical and useful. It covers all of the elements of total quality, including several that receive little or no attention in other total quality books. Practitioners in a corporate setting will find it a valuable guide in helping them understand and implement total quality. Topics which are covered include Quality and Global Competitiveness, Strategic Management: Planning and Execution, Quality Management and Ethics, and Communication and Interpersonal Relations.For settings in which people want to learn to be effective agents of the total quality approach, or are attempting to implement total quality. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars quality management...
ordered for used book but received brand new book with half the price.... i am more than satisfied with this product..

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended -- excellent training resource
Excellent text book and reference material for anyone in manufacturing. Straight forward, useful implementation roadmap. ... Read more

91. RFID For Dummies
by Patrick J.Sweeney
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-07)
Publisher: For Dummies
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  • Many companies have asked suppliers to begin using RFID (radio frequency identification) tags by 2006
  • RFID allows pallets and products to be scanned at a greater distance and with less effort than barcode scanning, offering superior supply-chain management efficiencies
  • This unique plain-English resource explains RFID and shows CIOs, warehouse managers, and supply-chain managers how to implement RFID tagging in products and deploy RFID scanning at a warehouse or distribution center
  • Covers the business case for RFID, pilot programs, timelines and strategies for site assessments and deployments, testing guidelines, privacy and regulatory issues, and more
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92. Quality (3rd Edition)
by Donna C.S. Summers, Donna Summers
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-23)
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This book introduces fundamental quality concepts of statistical process control and the application of these concepts to issues arising in industry.This book covers all aspects of quality from the basics—identifying quality, the evolution of quality, quality advocates—to advanced topics such as reliability, quality costs, and product liability. For professionals interested in a book on quality that emphasizes the understanding, use, and interpretation of statistical process control principles, concepts, and results throughout the problem-solving process. ... Read more

93. Kodak's Ergonomic Design for People at Work
by Suzanne H. Rodgers, Thomas E. Bernard, Somadeeti N. Chengalur
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-03)
Publisher: Wiley
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This updated revision of the classic reference guide for practitioners in ergonomics and human factors is the only book covering ergonomics and human factors from an applied practitioners approach. ... Read more

94. Lean Six Sigma for Service : How to Use Lean Speed and Six Sigma Quality to Improve Services and Transactions
by Michael L. George
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Bring the miracle of Lean Six Sigma improvement out of manufacturing and into services

Much of the U.S. economy is now based on services rather than manufacturing. Yet the majority of books on Six Sigma and Lean--today's major quality improvement initiatives--explain only how to implement these techniques in a manufacturing environment.

Lean Six Sigma for Services fills the need for a service-based approach, explaining how companies of all types can cost-effectively translate manufacturing-oriented Lean Six Sigma tools into the service delivery process.

Filled with case studies detailing dramatic service improvements in organizations from Lockheed Martin to Stanford University Hospital, this bottom-line book provides executives and managers with the knowledge they need to:

  • Reduce service costs by 30 to 60 percent
  • Improve service delivery time by 50 percent
  • Expand capacity by 20 percent without adding staff
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4-0 out of 5 stars Initiatives for Quality Improvement
A customer is the King ! If there is Quality product, the customer satisfaction ratio level rises up. Customer chooses its high-end needs and service follows. This is the point when this Book comes in too informative to fill in service based approach. With the case studies, the book provides the Executives to go for a solution to satisfy a customer not only with quality but with the service to boost up the sales thereby with cost cutting factors and provide transactions quick and easier with added services and yet not adding the staff. The delivery process can be made much effective with the cost cuts with the clear examples and like other Six Sigma in Business, this one is sure pick for all Manufacturing unit Executives who also believe in Quality Service. Good Read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Innovative Approach to Lean Six Sigma in Service
I admire Michael George for coming up with another innovative solution by applying the Lean Six Sigma approach to Service Industry. As Lean Six Sigma has helped companies in the manufacturing industry, this book will help the Service industry.

Praveen Gupta
Author of Six Sigma Business Scorecard

5-0 out of 5 stars Lean Six Sigma for Service
"Lockheed Martin is driving operating excellence in all work that we do. We recognized that our business support processes have as much opportunity for improvement as our design and build areas. By applying Lean process speed and Six Sigma quality tools to all elements of work, such as marketing, legal, contract administration, procurement, etc., we can drive competitive advantage. The lessons learned and practical case studies contained in Lean Six Sigma for Service provide a template which can create great value for customers, employees and shareholders."

---Mike Joyce, Vice President, LM 21
Lockheed-Martin ... Read more

95. IT Manager's Handbook: Getting Your New Job Done
by Bill Holtsnider, Brian D. Jaffe
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-20)
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Are you one of many new IT managers with limited managerial experience?Are you a technician or programmer contemplating a move into IT management?Or, has your technical position evolved to include significant management responsibilities?

The IT Manager's Handbook provides essential information to help you manage your new responsibilities.This unique book provides a guide to help you create budgets, manage projects, evaluate technology and hire and motivate personnel.The authors provide sound advice to equip you with an overall, winning strategy for success.

* Provides practical, easily accessible management advice specifically for new IT managers.
* Organizes information modularly, so you can delve directly into the topics that you need to understand.
* Brings you up-to-speed on the business practices that are most critical to effective IT operations: recruiting, resource planning, working with vendors, and more.
* Provides a unique management perspective on the technical issues with the heaviest business ramifications: e-commerce, remote access, system security, LAN/WAN management, intranets, disaster recovery, and more.
* Includes pointers to additional resources, on the Web and in print, that you can turn to for more information on particular topics. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Very basic
This book is written only for the very basic beginner in IT. If you have been around an IT department for any length of time, you will find it difficult to pick up any new management thoughts in this book. For example, the entire topic of ERP systems is covered in 2 pages.

4-0 out of 5 stars The more things change, the more they stay the same
Technology can change all it wants but the fundamentals of being a good IT Manager have changed very little. This book hits all the major areas of focus from staffing and budgeting to infrastructure and disaster recovery.

The section entitled "Certification: How Do I Know Its Worth" applied 10 years ago, and still applies today. Right on the money and a good brief for an IT Manager building a team. Also, small but extremently important policy issues like email and security are included.

I do think that the book included slightly heavy doses of technical information such as a full page table of different memory technologies as well as an entire section entitled "How Do I Configure a Server". These would service a Network Administrator or Engineer just fine but an IT Manager ? Not so much. Don't let this detract you from the overall picture though. Too much information is certainly better than not enough.

I have to be honest, I didn't read this cover to cover. But for someone who has spent time as an IT Manager in the past and one who is looking at doing it again, I was able to re-establish concepts and draw on new tools that, no doubt, provided benefits.

5-0 out of 5 stars full of practical examples!
This book is full of practical examples. It is useful to people who have in-depth programming knowledge but no idea how to do a budget or interview job candidates. I found this book specially timely, given that my team is composed of several technical professionals who are now considering a move into management. The information in the book is well layed out and quite accessible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Long Overdue
I am an IT Manager with over twenty years of experience. I believe that the authors do a great job in covering all of the necessary topics, yet even a seasoned manager can pick up some new stuff in here. I have not previously seen a book written for new IT Managers. I highly recommend it. The transition from a technical role to management is often difficult - this is well documented. This book will make that change easier. I plan on making it required reading for my direct reports who are new managers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Learned nothing
I am a Systems Administrator by trade and have been given the reins ofa 12 person tech staff including Network, Systems and DatabaseAdministrators and Web Developers in an ASP for Telecom. I need helpwith the management aspect of this job, not help choosing my laptopcomputer or the classic pitches that we geeks are used to giving tonon technical people about backups and network security (ie: How muchdowntime can you afford ?)

This book might be aimed to another kindof person than I. It might be aimed at a manager that is new to IT,but this book is very light on content for a person who is seasoned inIT but new to management.

I walked out of the book store with"Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams" and"Creating High Performance Software DeleopmentTeams"... Even though we are do not do development it seemed toapply. I enjoyed my last Amazon purchase, "The Mythical ManMonth", very much. ... Read more

96. The Lean Pocket Guide
by Donald M. Tapping
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Catlog: Book (2003-01-10)
Publisher: MCS Media, Inc.
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The Lean Pocket Guide is designed for use as a convenient, quick reference as you learn and implement lean manufacturing tools and techniques. It provides valuable insight into the nuances of lean from a team of lean sensi's throughout the world.

You can put your finger on any entry or lean concept, term, tool, or technique within a matter of seconds! With the simply, clear illustrations, this is definitely meant for use on the shop floor.

Also, included is this Pocket Guide is a ready-to-submit Suggestion Form to get those ideas into action, NOW! ... Read more

97. Quality Software Project Management
by Robert T. Futrell, Donald F. Shafer, Linda I. Shafer
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Asin: 0130912972
Catlog: Book (2002-01-24)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 260967
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98. Six Sigma For Managers
by Greg Brue
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Asin: 0071387552
Catlog: Book (2002-03-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 149079
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Now translated into nine languages! This reader-friendly, icon-rich series is must reading for all managers at every level.

All managers, whether brand new to their positions or well established in the corporate hierarchy, can use a little "brushing up" now and then. The skills-based Briefcase Books series is filled with ideas and strategies to help managers become more capable, efficient, effective, and valuable to their corporations.

Six Sigma­­one of the hottest topics in today's manufacturing circles­­is a statistical concept that characterizes nearly zero defects in any process. But its successful implementation involves a whole new set of management practices. Six Sigma for Managers will help managers better understand this concept and how to facilitate the learning, cooperation, skills improvement, and commitment required to make Six Sigma processes a reality in any organization.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not credible
Thought I would get a good overview of the topic, to understand what it is, so I can decide when to dive in deeper.

But after reading the first two chapters the author has lost total credibility, and I won't waste my time on the rest of the book. It talks all about the wonderful savings Six Sigma will give you, and totally ommits that there is cost involved in doing it. If done well, yes there's positive bottom-line impact, but especially as a manager I want to know what the ROI is, and not just get glory words on the upside, but also a realistic view of the downside.

What killed it for me was the side bar that assumed that if a employee costs $50K, and her activities produce $100K in revenue that the ROI of having this employee is 100%!! If the activities would have produced $100K in net profit, then this would be more accurate. So lets get the basics right, so that we have credibility to talk about the rest.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Six Sigma
I was asked by my CEO to find a good boot camp book to give to key employees of the company. This was a great introduction to Six Sigma. We have contacted the author to help guide our company on our six sigma journey. I would recommend this as the starter book into the six sigma world. By the way, after 6 months with the authors company (SSC) we have over $2 million in savings.

2-0 out of 5 stars There must be better out there
Bought this as a first introduction. It's very, very, high level. Maybe to the point of useless. Six Sigma does have, at it's core, some statistics - it would be useful for anyone trying to learn the approach to understand a few of the basic statistical concepts. There are mistakes in the few numerical examples that are offered, probably creating more confusion than insight.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent birds-eye view of Six Sigma
As a manager with a 4-year background in Statistical Process Control, I cannot agree with the two reviewers that bashed this book. I can't say it's in depth, because that's one thing that it isn't: don't expect it in your Black or Green Belt's curriculum. But if you stick to the title, it will reward its readers (mostly managers, I'd hope). It deals in very clear and easy-to-follow words (even for those of you that have been out of school for many, many years) with what is Six Sigma, what it entails (in terms of cost, benefits, cultural mindset change), how to implement and sustain, etc. It even devotes an entire section to an overview of the statistical tools required to get your arms around Six Sigma for the first time.

Again, I'd not use it as a reference for in depth matters, but as a primer on the topic, I think it does an excellent job.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good starting point for management
In a world where the tech heads like to spin a basic concept such as Six Sigma into a incomprehensible philosophical maelstrom - Six Sigma for Managers has managed to get the basic concepts on paper in a comprehensible format. If you are looking for a book that is a statistical reference this is the wrong book. That wasn't the intention of the book. This is a good starting point for a manager who is trying to understand what Six Sigma is about. We meet managers with almost daily who have been duped by "guru's." Six Sigma for Managers keeps it simple and basic. A manager will walk away with the ability to make their own decisions about Six Sigma based on the basic concepts they have just learned. ... Read more

99. IT Project Management : On Track from Start to Finish, Second Edition
by JosephPhillips
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Asin: 0072232021
Catlog: Book (2004-03-22)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Sales Rank: 286980
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Renowned IT project management expert, Joseph Phillips, again delivers an authoritative, easy-to-understand guide that delves into all CompTIA IT Project+ certification objectives. The “Inside the Exam” sections focus on the necessary topics to pass the new CompTIA exam. Each chapter features an end-of-chapter review, and the CD-ROM includes an IT Project+ practice test, plus templates and worksheets to use when managing a project. The included real-world examples that provide on-the-job insight from practicing project management professionals, and tie discussed theory to practice, make this comprehensive reference a must-have for IT staff. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Book is on track!
This is the best book on Project Management (IT or other) I have read and I have read a lot of them. I am a PMP and got this to prep for the IT Project+ certification, very wise choice.

Book is very well-written, informative, and entertaining (yes it is entertaining) to read.

I highly recommend.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good exam prep
Well written detailed book giving a great overview of what you need for successful project management. Luckily, it prepares you to take the IT Project+ exam very well also. The exam isn't easy, but with this book you can do it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Used it to pass COMPTIA IT Project+ PK0-002 Exam
Well written book. I used it and the SelfTest Software PK0-001 exam Prep SW (002 version not yet available) to study for and pass the PK0-002 exam in less than a month. Be warned though, like everyone says, this is not you normal techie exam. If you don't understand fundamental management concepts you will have a hard time with the exam. I have had a good amount of PM experience over the years but still found this book to be helpful in addressing some of my blind spots. This is a perfect book to prep someone with some PM experience (formal or informal) to PASS the exam.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good even for the new revised exam
This was my *main* source of information to take the CompTIA IT Project+ exam. I took the test in Jan 04 and passed (FYI - the exam changed Dec 03). Even though this book was written to the older exam criteria, it did the trick. In the world of certification, passing is everything and I appreciated the information this book provided (and thus the 5 stars). My other source of help was a study guide from, but it too was written for the older exam objectives.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely will help you pass IT Project+ Exam
I read the book a couple of times and reviewed the questions multiple times at the end of the book. You can pass the exam with this book. Thought the book was great for the IT Project+ exam. However, used another reference to get a different look at the subject matter and terminology. The book was an enjoyable read. I did find a few typos/problems with the exams on the CD, but it was very useful overall. ... Read more

100. Operations Management for Competitive Advantage (The Mcgraw-Hill/Irwin Series Operations and Decision Sciences)
by Richard B. Chase, Nicholas J. Aquilano
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Asin: 0072506369
Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Sales Rank: 17904
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