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121. Computer Vision: A Modern Approach
by David A. Forsyth, Jean Ponce
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Asin: 0130851981
Catlog: Book (2002-08-14)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 179574
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The accessible presentation of this book gives both a general view of the entire computer vision enterprise and also offers sufficient detail to be able to build useful applications. Users learn techniques that have proven to be useful by first-hand experience and a wide range of mathematical methods. A CD-ROM with every copy of the text contains source code for programming practice, color images, and illustrative movies.Comprehensive and up-to-date, this book includes essential topics that either reflect practical significance or are of theoretical importance. Topics are discussed in substantial and increasing depth. Application surveys describe numerous important application areas such as image based rendering and digital libraries. Many important algorithms broken down and illustrated in pseudo code.Appropriate for use by engineers as a comprehensive reference to the computer vision enterprise. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Really a great book! How wonderful!
It is unfortunate, but the current computer vision research becomes inaccessible for the person who does not have solid mathematical and statistical foundations. This wonderful book shows comprehensive summary of the correct figures of this "frontier": very scattered, disperse, and generating thousands of practical ideas. There have never been such a book which explains the logics of so many valuable ideas from old to new in this broad area in self contained and accessible manner. This book really helps a lot to approach to the state of the art papers, such as PAMI, ICCV, and ICPR. This book is trully the shortest cut to those state of the art research activities. I appreciate these authors' endevours a lot!

1-0 out of 5 stars Very difficult to understand
The author has good mathematics, but not the abilities to explain something clearly to a student or a beginner. I need to buy another book.

1-0 out of 5 stars inaccessible and expensive paperweight
I have to heartily agree with the previous reviewer. This was the assigned text for my postgrad Computer Vision course also and I found it completely incomprehensible. From a practical perspective I don't see how any use can be made of this book.
In contrast Gonzalez&Wood's 'Digital Image Processing' was a joy to read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Look for something else to learn Computer Vision
This book was very confusing even for a first year grad student like me...it is not a good book to learn Computer Vision from the beginning. I had to turn to other texts to better understand the material. I was highly disappointed that my professor chose this text for first year grad class in Computer Vision. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. There are other books out there that are so much better to learn Computer Vision.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't buy this book
this book sucks! terms are often inconsistent and expressions always unclear. Many simple concepts are written in very complicated ways. Perhaps this is because the author want this book to look more "academic". Don't buy this book unless you are already an expert in this area ... Read more


122. Practical Reliability Engineering
by Patrick D. T.O'Connor
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Catlog: Book (2002-06-21)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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THE classic text on reliability engineering and management has now been fully revised and updated.

Practical Reliability Engineering provides a comprehensive, up-to-date description of all the important methods for the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of reliable engineering products and systems. Students, engineers and managers alike will find this a valuable reference source.

With emphasis firmly placed on the practical aspects of reliability engineering, the fourth edition provides extended coverage of mechanical, electronic and software failure mechanisms, design and testing. New sections include Petri nets for system reliability modelling, accelerated test and the M(t) data analysis method. Recent developments in international standardisation are discussed and guidance is provided on essential management issues. The inclusion of a draft Project Reliability Plan enhances the value to those involved in systems engineering and project management.

Practical Reliability Engineering fulfils the requirements of the qualifying examination in reliability engineering of the American Society for Quality (USA). The updated end of chapter questions make this a key text for students undertaking courses in quality assurance or reliability. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reliability Book.
"Practical Reliability Engineering" by Patrick D.T. O'Connor, (with David Newton and Richard Bromley), John Wiley & sons, Chichester & New York, 1996. Third Edition Revised.

Back in the 1980s, I used the first edition of this book, and it was very helpful then. The third edition has been expanded to add a few chapters, including what I would call a "motivational" first chapter, entitled, "Introduction To Reliability Engineering", pages 1 to 16. This first chapter answers many of the questions that management used to ask, and to whom the final reply was, "We do Reliability because it is a contract item". Now, you can refer the managers to the first chapter.

The original edition once began with Chapter 2, "Reliability Mathematics", fundamental needed to understand Reliability; that chapter has been expanded in this edition, so much so that some has overflowed into Chapter 3, "Probability Plotting". Chapter 3 is a very complete chapter, being a compendium of the different kinds of probability paper, along with a short explanation of how to use the paper.

Interestingly enough, Chapter 5, "Reliability Prediction and Modeling" had a shipboard missile system reliability problem (pages 129-132) which was an explicit example of what we were attempting to portray on one contract. When the Naval Officers saw O' Connor's example, it made it so much easier for us as our work paralleled expert's work in the book's example. This alone was worth the price of the book. Chapter 10, "Software Reliability" is greatly expanded over the previous editions and is up-to-date with current best practices in the field. This new edition of the book is highly recommended as it provides a concise collection of reliability fundamentals. John Peter Rooney, ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer #2425.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I have used this book (2nd edition) for about 5 years. I find it extremely practical and useful. Mr. O'Conner concentrates on the background information that a Reliability Engineer uses on a daily basis. There is no way that I can answer all the questions the Engineering Staff asks. I find that almost always, I can look-up a concise and clear answer to a question, it refreshes my memory, and I can hit the ground running. This book lives next to 2 other books: The "Data Analysis Handbook" and "The Theory of Life Distributions". I hate to admit it, but I really can't see the need to know more than in contained in this trilogy about reliability and life statistics.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Opinion
I disagree fairly strongly with the previous reviewer. I'veused a number of texts in the study of systems reliability andreliability engineering and Mr. O'Connor's is the most user-friendly and real-world one that I have yet found. It is impossible to study this field without some involvement of mathematics and probabilistic and statistical functions. However, Mr. O'Connor makes these elements of the field both accessible and intuitively understandable. I rate this text as a very good introduction for those new to the field, and a good solid reference for those already practicing.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Book is Hardly Practical
While this book professes to be "practical", it hardly lives up to the claim. This is no different than the many other "reliability" books that spew the same impractical probability distributions and theories that only a graduate student could put to use. A practical book would have given at least one example with data collection, manipulation and interpretation. ... Read more


123. Nonlinear Control Systems : Analysis and Design
by Horacio J.Marquez
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-18)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
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Provides complete coverage of both the Lyapunov and Input-Output stability theories, ina readable, concise manner.
* Supplies an introduction to the popular backstepping approach to nonlinear control design
* Gives a thorough discussion of the concept of input-to-state stability
* Includes a discussion of the fundamentals of feedback linearization and related results.
* Details complete coverage of the fundamentals of dissipative system's theory and its application in the so-called L2gain control prooblem, for the first time in an introductory level textbook.
* Contains a thorough discussion of nonlinear observers, a very important problem, not commonly encountered in textbooksat this level.
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124. Pharmaceutical Process Validation: An International Edition (Drugs and the Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Series of Textbooks and Monographs)
by Ira R. Berry, Alfred Wachter, Robert Nash, Robert A. Nash
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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Banner Pharmacaps, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Drugs and the Pharmaceutical Sciences, Volume 57. New edition of a text for pharmaceutical researchers and manufacturers on good manufacturing practice and the applicability of process validation. 31 U.S. contributors. DNLM: Drug Evaluation standards - United States. ... Read more


125. Introduction to Fire Protection
by Robert Klinoff
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-28)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Discover what you need to know to obtain a career in fire service or fire protection! Written by a certified master instructor and hazardous materials specialist, this edition of Introduction to Fire Protection has been thoroughly updated based on the 2001 National Fire Codes, and includes the latest information on the Candidate Physical Ability test. A great resource for anyone considering a career in fire protection, this comprehensive orientation manual outlines entrance requirements in detail and provides meticulous coverage of fire-related subjects, such as: fire chemistry and physics, fire department administration, fire protection devices and equipment, emergency operations, and public and private support organizations. All statistics have been updated based on the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire codes and ordinances as well as information available from The U.S. Fire Problem. This edition also features the latest incident command system information, plus an all-new section on Risk Management, one of the driving forces behind fire protection planning today. Progressively written, this book underscores the role of public education and prevention and its importance in the modern fire service. A directory of fire-related web sites is also provided in an appendix for readers who want to take advantage of the Internet to research educational opportunities, and fire service and/or fire protection job descriptions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great for anyone just getting in to fire science
i just bout this book and it is so easy to read. it has a lot of info and it goes indepth on different careers, the chemistry of fire and other things.

3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD REFERANCE FOR THE BEGINNER
This book is good for those that are begining in the fire service field. But, its not for the technically mined ... Read more


126. World Class Production and Inventory Management, 2nd Edition
by Darryl V.Landvater
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Catlog: Book (1997-07-17)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The definitive guide to the latest tools & techniques for achieving performance excellence in manufacturing, distribution, and planning Now completely revised and expanded, World Class Production and Inventory Management presents the latest information on the unique tools and techniques needed to manage the planning and production of a manufacturing enterprise. Including a completely new chapter on Efficient Consumer Response (ECR), updated case studies, and additional information on manufacturing integration, this comprehensive reference includes:

  • Step-by-step implementation techniques in each key area of production and inventory management
  • Fresh perspectives on manufacturing integration and multiple demand stream management
  • Best-in-class examples from companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Boeing, and Martin Marietta
  • Proven guidelines for avoiding the most common problems and for achieving continually higher levels of performance
  • Self-assessment questions helpful in measuring the performance of your company in each operating area
Comprehensive and accessible, World Class Production and Inventory Management is an invaluable resource for APICS members seeking CPIM certification, as well as for all those in charge of managing a successful manufacturing enterprise. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good first book
I would recommend this to anyone new to operations management in a production environment. The book does a good job of covering the key concepts of inventory management and production planning in a quick and easy to read format.

5-0 out of 5 stars Systems Implementation & Review
I read this book as part of a Masters degree, comparing actual methods with "The Proven Path". It is the only humorous book I have read on methodologies and the concepts are of relevance to all systems implementation - not just manufacturing. I thought the book was easy to read and very interesting - in short, it is excellent. A must for those pursuing a production career.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great manufacturing management book
The book does not go into great detail but it is worth reading because it explains everything you need to understand how a manufactoring company has to work in order to achieve full controll over its business processes. The examples are very simple but very usefull. It is also a good book for people that do not have a background in manufacturing because it explains everything you need in order to understand the main subjects.

5-0 out of 5 stars A tremendous book for tomorrow's leaders, today!
This is a great book that encapsulates many of the latest innovations in manufacturing management. Including - JIT, MRP, MRPII, MPS, and many others. A must read for the forward-looking manager. ... Read more


127. A Study of the Toyota Production System from an Industrial Engineering Viewpoint (Produce What Is Needed, When It's Needed)
by Shigeo Shingo
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Asin: 0915299178
Catlog: Book (1989-08-01)
Publisher: Productivity Press Inc
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Here is Dr. Shingo's classic industrial engineering rationalefor the priority of process-based over operational improvements formanufacturing. He explains the basic mechanisms of the Toyotaproduction system in a practical and simple way so that you can applythem in your own plant. This book clarifies the fundamental principlesof JIT including leveling, standard work procedures, multi-machinehandling, and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Detailed engineering description of TPS
There are a lot of books about the Toyota Production System, but this is one of the most useful for those actually attempting to implement elements of this system. Most of the books on TPS by western authers are just superficial glosses written by MBA's who don't seem to have a clue how to make anything. This book is detailed, specific, clearly written, and very well translated. Some of the material is repetative, nevertheless this is the book to get on TPS.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellant book to understand how the TPS evolved.
I enjoyed it since it gave me insight on how TPS evolved and allowed me to better understand not how TPS works but more why. ... Read more


128. Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design
by Michael Ashby, Kara Johnson
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Asin: 0750655542
Catlog: Book (2002-12)
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The history of man is recorded, recovered and remembered through the designs he created and the materials he used.Materials are the stuff of design, and today is not the age of just one material, but of an immense range.

Best selling author M. F. Ashby guides the reader through the process of selecting materials on the basis of their design suitability.He and co-author Kara Johnson begin with the assumption that products in a given market sector have little to distinguish between them in either performance or cost.When many technically near-equivalent products compete, market share is won or lost by the industrial design of a product: its visual and tactile attributes, the associations it carries, the image it creates in the consumer's mind and the quality of its interface with the use and the environment.



Ashby and Johnson address the problem of selecting materials for industrial design from a unique viewpoint.They acknowledge that materials have two overlapping roles, in technical design and in industrial design. The technical designer has ready access to materials information.Industrial designers often do not have equivalent support.

Materials Selection in Industrial Design presents groundbreaking new information that, on one hand introduces engineering students to the principles of Industrial Design and to the idea that the selection of materials can directly affect the aesthetic qualities of the object.On the other hand they introduce industrial design students and practising industrial designers to engineering parameters through an accessible and holistic approach.

*Easy to use systematic approach to the selection and uses of materials

*Many excellent attribute "maps" are included which enable complex comparative information to be readily grasped

*Full colour photographs and illustrations throughout aid the understanding of concepts
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Amazing new perspective on matials and design! A must for any inspired designer/Product Manager.

5-0 out of 5 stars Individual chapters address multidimensional issues
Collaboratively written by Mike Ashby (Professor, Engineering Department, Cambridge University) and design materials expert Kara Johnson, Materials And Design: The Art And Science Of Material Selection In Product Design is a thoroughly "user friendly" instructional guide to the scientific and systematic crafting of products from a variety of materials. Individual chapters address multidimensional issues, shaping joints and surfaces, rules of thumb for selecting certain materials over others, and much more in express, college-level detail. Enhanced throughout with full color photography and numerous illustrations, Materials And Design is strongly recommended as an extensive, superbly organized and presented, instructional resource and professional level reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to design, materials, and processes
I teach product design at Ohio State to students from several engineering disciplines, and this latest book from Prof. Mike Ashby is exactly what I've been looking for. It gives an overview of product design from the perspective of the industrial designer, something engineering students need to appreciate. More importantly, it also provides a wealth of useful data on a wide range of materials and fabrication processes. In addition, each chapter has a thorough annotated reference list - valuable to anyone just entering the field. All this, and it's a beautiful example of book design, in the bargain. Regrettably, it suffers a bit from a lack of proofreading, as many books seem to these days. ... Read more


129. Improving Performance : How to Manage the White Space in the Organization Chart (Jossey Bass Business and Management Series)
by Geary A.Rummler, Alan P.Brache
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Catlog: Book (1995-05-12)
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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Streamline the processes vital to optimum performance

With over 100,000 copies sold worldwide, Improving Performance is recognized as the book that launched the Process Improvement revolution. It was the first such approach to bridge the gap between organization strategy and the individual. Now, in this revised and expanded new edition, Rummler and Brache reflect on the key needs of organizations faced with today's challenge of managing change. With multiple charts, checklists, hands-on tools and case studies, the authors show how they implemented their Performance Improvement methodology in over 250 successful projects with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, 3M, Shell Oil, and Citibank.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best companion for process improvement
This is by far the first book that dealt with process improvement and change from all angles. This book provides examples that will help the novice in preparing and implementing change. Packed with examples and worksheets to guide the reader thru the whole process. However, since it was written in 1995, this book does not cover prevailing technologies but is still useful in understanding the foundations for change. If you are looking to implement business process change/improvement, read this book in conjunction with a more recent book by Paul Harmon "Business Process Change" who happens to be a student of Mr. Rummler. Paul Harmon's book cover such topics as CMM and Six Sigma when implementing process change.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for Managers, Process Designers and Six Sigma
People had been telling me to read this book for over two years and I always put it off. First it was the Internet and eCommerce. Then it was Six Sigma. Now I have had a chance to read this book and regret my delay. This book is a gem of factual, example filled, and focused insight and understanding. This is a true manual for changing processes and

First the book provides a clear roadmap for process change. It defines the individual steps necessary as well as the interconnection points between the organization, its processes, measurements and other elements. While you may not agree with all of the points -- the completeness will give you more than enough ideas to be of value.

Second, the book is well populated with detailed graphical examples that illustrate the concepts and thier intent. The level of detail, the practicality and the realism of the examples allows you to study the issue, understand it and find parallels in your own business.

Lastly, the book is complete it covers issues related to process design, implementation, process owners, measurement and management. Many people write whole books on one of these aspects however Rummler and Brache have covered them all in a focused and informative text.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to implement process management, six sigma, or other related changes. The book provides the details often left out of texts associated with six sigma. It provides a completeness often missing from process management and design texts.

The only drawback to the book is that its writing style is a bit dry and the book, written in 1995 does not cover many of the process innovations enabled through the Internet. Otherwise this book is a real winner and well worth your attention.

5-0 out of 5 stars Foundational Work in BPM (before there was "BPM!")
Long before James Champy made "Reengineering" a buzz-word, then a management fad, then finally a tired cliche, Rummler & Brache broke the code on how businesses can do work better. Instead of looking at the jobs people do, they focused their attention on the work being done, and how those work objects meander through different departments and functional organizations in most companies.

What Rummler & Brache might have lacked in marketing prowess, they more than made up for in insight. "Improving Performance" is short on jargon and the evangelical fervor many other works on Reengineering, Business Process Management, and Third Wave(or fourth wave or whatever wave we're up to) seem to revel in. It is focused and pragmatic, giving both the theory of process management and how to apply it. Very basic and very useful diagrams help illustrate their concepts throughout, making this a field guide for anyone involved in process management in the real world, be they consultants or internal change agents.

After 15 years in the space, it's still one of the best I've found. Could not recommend more highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great explanation of a popular trend
Not very well written, but the concepts come across nicely and the reader is able to put the book down and start where they left off a day or two later. Slow reading, but quite interesting stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Improving Performance: How to manage the white space
Excellent book. This is a must read for anyone looking to implement process improvement. Very good examples and an easy to read format. ... Read more


130. World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling
by EdwardFrazelle
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-18)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Warehousing continues to play a critical role in assuringhigh levels of customer service and overall logistics performance. Efficient warehousing can minimize the effects of supply chain inefficiencies; can improve logistics accuracy and inventory management; and can allow for product accumulation, consolidation, and customization. The cost of warehousing should be commensurate with the contribution of warehousing to overall logistics performance--typically between 2% and 5% of corporate revenue. In world-class warehousing these costs are minimized while also improving customer service. The principles and systems described in this book are common denominators of world-class warehousing. The principles have been developed over a decade of logistics research, education and consulting project experience. World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling can be used to develop a warehouse master plan to support the corporation's overall logistics strategy. In the second book in the Logistics Management Library, World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling will address: customization and countrification; information technology in warehousing; warehouse performance analysis; the role of the warehouse in the supply chain; warehouse expansion and contraction planning. World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling will integrate both global and e-commerce issues and examples throughout the text. The author's consulting and teaching experience places him in the position to draw on his wide experience to present numerous case studies and best practices throughout the book. In the end, this book will help the reader to develop a comprehensive warehouse strategy to reduce costs and increase quality. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great overview of concepts
I found the book helpful in learning some basics of warehousing. I appreciated the overview of various types of equipment and racking. The book focuses more on distribution systems but I found many of the concepts can be applied to MRO warehousing(zoning and slotting in particular)with some tweaking.

2-0 out of 5 stars World-Class Warehousing and Material Handling
Interesting overall view for beginners in warehousing. It has a superficial treatment on very critical issues such as receiving and putaway. Also it's so focused on order picking (the author's experience) that provides an unbalanced view of Distribution Centers. It doesn't address any type of raw material warehousing insights, it focused more on finished goods distribution centers. Limited applicability of the content.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book on order picking methods
This book quickly covers the most common methods and equipment used to receive, move, store, pick, and ship materials within a warehouse environment. Much of the book focuses on the order-picking process, which makes it a good choice for fulfillment operations. Of particular interest is the detailed info on slotting as well as an objective discussion of the pros and cons of automation. The size of the book (only 233 pages) results in somewhat brief treatments of the various topics. On the plus side, this makes it a quick read for someone wanting to become familiar with warehouse operations, on the minus side you may find that you need to go to another resource to get more detailed info on a specific topic. ... Read more


131. Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step
by Carl S. Chatfield, Timothy D. Johnson
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Catlog: Book (2000-06-03)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Microsoft Project 2000 is a significant new version of the market-leading project management software that better supports organizational planning, collaboration, Web technology, integration with Microsoft Office 2000 and with non-Microsoft software, and enhanced ease of use. To give users the insights and information they need to maximize their use of Project 2000, MICROSOFT PROJECT 2000 STEP BY STEP provides complete training on this new version. Project management can be daunting, so beginning users often need extensive guidance in learning how to think about project-management software-just the kind of perspective that this book provides. Co-authored by two Microsoft Project 2000 authorities-a Microsoft Project usability manager and a Microsoft Project support engineer-with significant input from other Microsoft Project software-development and support-team members, it addresses the complex issues and scenarios that are most important to Microsoft Project users. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Project 2000, allowing readers to learn just the lessons they want or need to learn, at their own pace. Comprehensive indexing also makes it an ideal post-training reference tool. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All you need for a good start
First of all, this book is for beginners to MS Project. You can read this book chapter by chapter, or you can pick chapters to study since there is no referencing for past chapters or following chapters.
Easy to read and follow the writers. You don't feel lost in this book. One reason for that is the screenshots (perfect) and little pictures besides the text. for example when the book says "click on Go to selected task" you can see the icon of that feature right besides the text. If you never, ever used MS Project that saves time - you don't need to read every screentip.

In overall, you can learn from this book and use it as a reference after that. But after couple projects, I believe you will be an expert of what is written in the book. Just for beginners, as I said, and for the MS Project Core exam.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners
I understand a lot about project management, but being a developer I had never learned to really use MS Project. I picked up this book and followed it from beginning to end, using the accompanying CD-ROM. I learned more about Project in the few hours it took to go through the book than I thought I would.

I didn't give it 5 stars as there were a few minor errors (maybe 5 total) in the text, or very confusing transitions in the instructions.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is either new to Project, or has used it but is not sure of themselves. I'm thinking of going through the book again, just to reiterate the lessons.

5-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step
I have not see the book yet. However, I would expect it to be a great book therefore I rate it 5 stars. Would it pissible to send me a copy of the above book please.But i

5-0 out of 5 stars Teach yourself!
This is a great book to teach yourself more than you ever wanted to know on Microsoft Project 2000. This book takes you through STEP BY STEP on how to use Microsoft Project and gives you great samples on the enclosed CD. If only the instructors in school would have made it this easy! Very easy to follow and use. Highly Recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars When they say step by step they mean it!
This is a pretty good book.
Covers most of what you need.
Would have liked to see the central server covered better.
They really do go through things step by step.
Covers the basics VERY thoroughly. ... Read more


132. Value Stream Management for the Lean Office
by Don Tapping, Tom Shuker
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VALUE STREAM MANAGEMENT FOR THE LEAN OFFICE: 8 Steps to Planning Mapping, and Sustaining Lean Improvements in Administrative Areas

Don Tapping and Tom Shuker

Administrative functions represent up to 80 percent of the cost of doing business. Eliminating costly waste from administrative and office functions is a great way to increase your profit margin and a vital part of creating a total lean enterprise.

Tapping and Shuker take their Value Stream Management Storyboard and apply its 8-step process in the context of case studies in order processing, customer service, and other administrative office applications of lean. This text will provide you with a complete system for lean implementation in the office.

Highlights include:

· Comprehensive case studies that highlight the applications of lean in an office environment
· A thorough overview of basic lean concepts
· Methods for identifying the administrative activities that need improvement
· The 8-step process for removing waste and reorganizing workflow for cost effective, efficient workflow
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Lean Office Workbook!
This book conveys the essence of how a Lean Office can be achieve. It does a superb job of introducing the concepts and provides practical approaches to solving administrative work flow problems utilizing Lean tools. Highly Recommended, best one out there!

4-0 out of 5 stars What a welcome addition to the world of lean!
This book is such a welcome addition to my book shelf. I tried so hard last year to try to translate manufacturing value stream mapping to the transactional world and found it very difficult. This book simplifies the approach incredibly. There are some typos in the book as well as one figure that is missing some icons. The bad part about the book is that it does seem to spend a lot of time saying the same thing over and over and over again while skipping over some very important VSM concepts like dealing with multiple flows, etc. You need to have a good background in VSM and lean in order to absorb this book easily. I appreciate the fact though that the authors try to demonstrate the tools on three or four examples throughout the book, but why not put in a few other case studies all the way through???!!! I hate having just one complete case study like in the book Learning to See. Not all situations are the same so having several examples can be very helpful. ... Read more


133. The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams (revised Edition) (One Minute Manager Library)
by Ken Blanchard, Eunice Parisi-Carew
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Never before in the history of the workplace has the concept of teamwork been more important to the functioning of successful organizations. Ken Blanchard bestselling coauthor of Raving Fans, The One Minute Manager, and Gung Ho! teams up with Donald Carew and Eunice Parisi-Carew to explain how all groups move through four stages of development on their way to becoming high performance teams -- orientation, dissatisfaction, integration, and production. The authors then show how a manager can help any group to become fully effective quickly and with hardly any stress.

The valuable addition to The One Minute Manager® Library is essential for anyone who works with groups and wants to build a high performing team.

Never before in the history of the workplace has the concept of teamwork been more important to the functioning of successful organizations. Bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his two collaborators explain how all groups move through four stages of development on their way to becoming a high performing team-Orientation, Dissatisfaction, Integration, and Production. They then show how a manager can help any group become fully effective sooner and with much less stress.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Simple, fun superficial read
Kenneth Blanchard turns his attention to small group dynamics and group performance in this, on of the stable of One Minute Manager books.

Academically, the two principal concepts that Blanchard and his co-authors use, are the stages of group development and Situational Leadership. The familiar stages of forming, storming, norming and performing are termed orientation, dissatisfaction, integration and production. Situational Leadership in this context refers to changing leadership styles according to the stage of the group, thereby filling in for process tasks that the group is unable to accomplish for itself.

Groups tend to start in a high-energy, high motivation but low skills and understanding mode of operation. In this stage, directive leadership provides the structure necessary to move forward. The second stage is one of dissatisfaction, questioning of leadership and clarification of roles. As unpleasant as this stage is, we are reminded that conflicts cannot be resolved if they are avoided. A resolving attitude on the part of the leader is exactly what is needed. As confidence and morale return to the group members, they pass hesitatingly into a third stage, termed integration. In this stage, commitment on goals, roles and tasks increases, as well as to the norms, values and processes of the group. A collaborating leadership style that allows control to be shared and facilitates the surfacing of disagreements is critical to the group's continued growth. Finally, the production stage is characterized by high levels of trust, morale, energy and empowerment. The team can pretty much function autonomously, without a leader whose primary purpose is to validate.

Blanchard's strength is his manner of presentation and clarity of relating ideas from disparate sources. The book is a quick read and yet it presents some fairly profound concepts, connecting the dots in a way that reading a collection of "Harvard Business Review" articles can never accomplish. Most of the book is a conversation between Dan Brockway, the director of training at a chemical company, and his mentor, The One Minute Manger. The coordinator of customer service programs, Maria Sanchez, disagrees with the presentation of material for The Essentials of Management course that Dan is coordinating.

Instead of helping Dan convince her that she is wrong, The One Minute Manger allows Dan to observe the functioning of four groups at different stages of development at his own company. The gradual, real-world exposition of the central issues of group dynamics leads into three-way discussions between Dan, Maria and the Manager about the practicalities, pitfalls and variations in group development. The goal is to produce what Blanchard and others have called "Highly-Effective Teams", effectively defined in the early pages.

The intent of the book is to teach and, with two educational doctorates as co-authors, the structure and style is simple to read and flows so logically that it is as easy to digest as Jello. A busy manager can read this book in a single New York commute and keep revisiting it as needed, while his teams evolve. Students can learn and integrate new concepts more fruitfully, as they learn how the pieces all fit together. Participants in teams can quickly get a sense of what they need to do to effectively contribute to the tasks at had, which inevitably include the processes that the group uses to get things done. Anyone reading this book is well advised to realize that this is a brief synopsis and oversimplification of group dynamics and leadership styles. Extended discussions of roles played by participants in dysfunctional groups and extensive elaboration of Situational leadership are found elsewhere and should be referenced when necessary. In the end, drawing on all our creativity and individual knowledge and experience is the path to generating value in a knowledge economy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I think this is a wonderful book. It belongs on the bookshelf over every manager and should be read by everyone who is or aspires to be a manager. We must learn to turn groups of individuals into teams. This book offers solid concepts and practical advice on how to do it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Twenty Minute Bath
I read this while I was soaking in the bathtub last night. It reads a lot like The Tenth Insight series - easy to follow, pretty simplistic. I chose this book because I have been observing the group process in many different contexts and because I am currently struggling with managing a brand new membership committee at church, as well as a new team at work. This book provides a good hook on which to hang team-building concepts.
The team management principles are easy to apply to the church Membership Committee. I have a lot of autonomy in management at church. I can decide without going through the hierarchy (church board) how to conduct this committee. They are very happy for me to decide how leadership is provided and how group meetings will happen.
One Minute Manager's "Group Developmental Stage" concept includes the stages of Orientation, Dissatisfaction, Resolution and Production. These stages make sense to me and dovetail nicely with concepts of human developmental stages. The Membership Committee has only met once under my leadership and is obviously in the Orientation Stage. I wish I could jump over the next two stages and get right to the Production Stage. I am getting a lot of pressure from board members to produce all sorts of results. One Minute Manager has validated what I already knew about managing this team; we have to go through these stages, and I need to work on getting my style of leadership to match the team's developmental stage. It will take some time, and I will have to get some of the "production" done with little help from the team until this team growth happens.
However, management at work is a totally different situation. I am on several teams, but only have one leadership role so far. This is a newly organized group called the RAT (Rapid Assessment Team) charged with the initial emergency response at the District Public Health Level. I share responsibility for leadership of this group with my supervisor. So far we have had two organizational meetings and two training meetings. The One Minute Manager concepts will help me address a couple of issues I have been struggling with.
The first issue has to do with leadership of this group. In the Orientation Stage, a group needs clear messages from a clearly designated leader. I need to take responsibility for delivering these messages. I need to remember to observe the group interaction, including the content and process, so my leadership style can change with the group's changing needs.
I will also need to figure out how to balance my leadership style with my supervisor's leadership style. I tend to be more the "Low Supportive and Low Directive" type of leader. She tends to be a "High Supportive and Low Directive" type. In the Orientation Stage that this team is in, we need to provide High Directive and Low Supportive Behavior. Providing High Directive isn't a difficult change for me to make because as the trainer, I am responsible for teaching what and how to. As this group moves into the Dissatisfaction Stage, I need to encourage my supervisor to provide the High Supportive Behavior that she is good at. As we work together and make progress with this group, the One Minute Manager concepts will help us coordinate and balance our leadership.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just in time
This book has come to my aid at the most appropriate time. I am in the midst of an exercise, as a leader of an internal task force entrusted with the responsibility of recommending a solution in a short time. This group is heterogeneous, drawn from different departments with a common problem on hand.

The four stages of group behavior (orientation, dissatisfaction, integration, and production) as described in this book, and the different styles of leadership appropriate at each stage is very essential understanding for any manager. More than this it is important to diagnose the stage at which the group is in and what action the leader needs to take to lead the team quickly to the Production stage.

This is a must read for all managers who wish to understand group behavior - for achieving optimal output.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid principles and reminders, though a little overcooked
This book, like its predecessors, is written in a story format. The basic storyline is Dan Brockway's series of visits with the One Minute Manager, in which he learns about team building and the "situational leadership" that team building requires. The One Minute Manager has him visit a team in each of four stages: Orientation, Dissatisfaction, Production, and Integration. The visits provide information about the unique characteristics of each stage, and the book provides discussion of these characteristics by a series of dialogues between Dan and the One Minute Manager. After the visits have concluded, some discussion of how to lead a team depending on its stage occurs.

This book reinforces the important concepts and major characteristics of each stage by including charts and outlines for each stage of team development, as well as reiterating key points throughout the book. The section on situational leadership is valuable also, and the book seeks to answer potential questions from real readers by having the characters ask them during the course of the sessions with the One Minute Manager.

Overall, this book is very insightful, and its tenets are presented in a very creative, though occasionally corny, manner. (It contains frequent subliminal messages: "Let's make an appointment for next week to talk this over" said Dan. "No," said the One Minute Manager, "let's do it right now.") The charts and diagrams are the real treasures in the book, and in spite of its brevity, the book manages to be a fairly good primer on the subject. ... Read more


134. Airport Systems: Planning, Design, and Management
by Richard de Neufville, Amedeo Odoni
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* The new standard on airport systems planning,design, and management
* Provides solutions to the most pressing airport concerns: expansion, traffic, environment, additions, etc.
* Full coverage of computer-based tools and methodology
* Additional reports and updates available via authors' website
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5-0 out of 5 stars Authoritative reference for airport planners and designers
When two airport experts at MIT get together to produce a textbook, expectations naturally run high. Professors Odoni and de Neufville are no strangers to the team approach, as they co-teach that university's leading airport course. The resulting book reflects their classroom approach: It is comprehensive, methodological, and takes a scientific approach to airport planning. Like their course, the book is also superbly done. In the process, as often happens when science rules over instinct, many myths are shattered and common errors explained. The only drawback is that to fully enjoy the book, a solid mathematical foundation is required. For those who are math averse, however, there is still plenty to learn.

The authors have taken on many challenges in the way the textbook is structured, and successfully so. The textbook is modular, so that chapters are organized into logically separated topics that can serve as stand-alone references. Occasionally, this leads to repetition, but it greatly enhances the book's value as a reference. The authors very nicely combine U.S. and international content. The text spells out when U.S. and international standards are the same and when they differ. It also attempts to explain many of the differences.

One of the core areas of expertise presented in the book is capacity and delay. This is broken down into the topics of capacity, delay, demand management (both administrative and economic), and air traffic control (Chapters 10 through 13). This is supplemented by additional reference material, for example in the areas of queuing theory and on how to define the design peak hour for passenger terminal planning. All in all, roughly a quarter of the book focuses on capacity and delay.

The book has a few limitations: Many of the colorful anecdotes lack sources, which is unfortunate for the reader who wants to delve into the original material to learn more. This is understandable from the point of view that many of these anecdotes describe costly mistakes carried out by short sighted airport designers. Another, albeit minor, limitation is that many of the examples are taken from Logan International Airport in Boston. This is to be expected based on the authors' location. There are however, many other examples, from all continents. Finally, there are a few areas where the reader may crave more information, notably wildlife management, control of obstructions, and airport noise access restrictions in the post-Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 environment.

None of these limitations seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Where this book really excels is in its ability to break down the most difficult challenges facing airport planners into clearly reasoned analytical methods. This should help decision makers avoid expensive errors and provide a rationale for decisions that are otherwise driven by either instinct or politics.

It is obvious that this will become a standard reference for airport planners, designers, and managers alike. Even experts with many years of experience in the field will learn something new and have their preconceptions challenged. New students who are just entering the field are fortunate to have this text as their guide. Through this book, the authors have considerably broadened their audience from their MIT classroom, and carry on a tradition of sharing superb insights into the problems of airport planning and design.

[Disclaimer: I am a former student of Professors Odoni and de Neufville, and currently involved in a joint research project with the former.] ... Read more


135. Thinking For a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use
by Lisa J. Scheinkopf
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5-0 out of 5 stars How to ROCK with TOC.
At the end of the book, the author states

"My intent with this book was to provide you with a user friendly set of guidelines to the Thinking Processes"

Lisa has succeeded brilliantly in accomplishing this goal! Goldratt, through his business novels, "The Goal", "It's Not Luck", "Critical Chain", and "Necessary But Not Sufficient" laid a foundation which enables anyone to ease into an understanding of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and the Thinking Processes (TP).

"Thinking for a Change" is one of a number of books which build on Dr. Goldratt's work. The Thinking Processes are explained and illustrated in layman's terms. The situations (dilemmas) used to illustrate Thinking Process applications include scenarios from both the business world and everyday family issues.

Upon reading this book, you will gain an understanding of the following:

Current Reality Tree - Used to examine cause and effect relationships that bring about the present situation.

Prerequisite Tree - A road map of obstacles to overcome, and specifically how they will be overcome.

Transition Tree - Used to identify and understand specific objectives and actions that will lead to a change (Future Reality)

Future Reality Tree - A tool for visualizing and understanding the desired change and how specific actions will affect that future reality.

Evaporating Cloud - A simple tool used to identify and resolve conflicting assumptions.

If you are familiar with and believe in TOC methodologies, this book is a must have. The best introductory materials are Dr. Goldratt's novels mentioned above. "Thinking For a Change" is one step up. It's more in depth, and more easily understood with at least minimal familiarity with TOC. If you've read this and are looking for hardcore TOC material, check out William Dettmers' "Goldratt's Theory of Constraints"

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent/practical intro to the Thinking Processes
I recently finished reading the Thinking for a Change book and I am very impressed. I have now bought at least a half dozen copies and have started distributing them at work. This book is the most straightforward approach to actually beginning to apply the Thinking Processes that I have seen to date, and I have been doing a fair amount of reading on this over the past few months as my long term interest in TOC got revived six to eight months ago.

I have found this book and Thomas McMullen's book on the Theory of Constraints Management System to the be the best written of the latest crop of books to come out on this subject. Bill Dettmer's books provide much more detail, but Scheinkopf's stands out for its easy to follow examples and straightforward methodology.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in making more rapid progress toward their business or personal goals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Way More Than [$]
I really hesitated to pay [$] for a book that is not directly related to my profession, somewhat short, and had an unkown beneficial value. Being casually familiar with the thinking processes from It's Not Luck, I went ahead and bought the book. I'm not disappointed. In about a month it has paid for itself several times over. It's not an easy read, but if your curious enough to be reading this, you can understand it. If your a professional with a wife and kid(s), it is a must for both work and home.

5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific introduction to TOC
If you're interested in the practical application of the Theory of Constraints, this is an outstanding introduction. Scheinkopf gives a straightforward and accessible overview of the thinking processes and diagrams, along with a wealth of examples (including some very practical approaches to situations in her own family). Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excelent help
I'm a teacher(from colombia), and I couldn't find any other book that explains so easy the concept of Thinking Process.

It helps understanding the concept ... Read more


136. A Working Guide to Process Equipment
by Norman P. Lieberman, Elizabeth T. Lieberman
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-06)
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Working Guide to Process Equipment, 2nd Ed. carefully and clearly explains all the basic technical issues that you need to know to trouble-shoot most process equipment problems. This guide contains a wealth of useful diagnostic tips, worked-out calculations, practical examples, and informative illustrations to help you quickly pinpoint trouble and repair typical malfunctions in: Trayed and packed distillation towers; Natural and forced reboilers; Partial and total condensers; Steam systems and deaerators; Vaccuum systems; Fired heaters; Shell and tube heat exchangers; Centrifugal compressors; Gas turbines and reciprocating engines; Centrifugal pumps and motor drivers.

In no time at all, this essential problem-solving manual will become your most trusted on-the-job tool for dealing effectively wtih costly equipment malfunctions. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for students/interns and young process engineers!
I'm a summer intern in an oil refinery and few of my tasks were to rerate exchangers, fin fan coolers, etc., and I didn't have any experience whatsoever! They don't teach at school how this equipment works in a process context and if you don't have a clue on what you're doing, this is the best book to refer to. It is very elementary, but at the same time, it can be very specific. It goes through fundamental steps for troubleshooting general processes as well as clear explanations of how most of the equipment in the industry work. Highly recommended at any level!

5-0 out of 5 stars How Process Equipment Works
As a licensed professional engineer and consultant in the Houston, TX area, I found this to be an excellent and useful book. It simplifies and demystifies fundamental chemical engineering principals and effectively illustrates how theory applies to understanding the root cause/s of real world plant operating problems.

The Lieberman's also do a fine job of making the book interesting to read through the use of non-process plant related anecdotes. These anecdotes help the reader understand the principals presented by drawing upon experiences and situations common to everyday life.

I highly recommend this book to engineers of all experience levels who work in the petroleum refining and chemical process industries. ... Read more


137. Design of Experiments Using The Taguchi Approach : 16 Steps to Product and Process Improvement
by Ranjit K.Roy
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-26)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for practical applications
I bought this book hoping to learn DOE using Taguchi Methods and apply what I learned to real life problems in my work. It was very helpful. Not only did it help me learn the methods I needed to perform my testing at work but I did it in only 8 days of reading. The book was very easy to read and the examples helped me understand everything I needed to know to apply this method to real situations. A great buy for anyone looking to learn Taguchi Methods.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to More Effective Experimentation
The challenge that all research directors and senior scientists face is that virtually all scientists are originally trained to believe that the only proper way to conduct an experiment is to vary only one factor at a time while holding all other variables fixed. This belief, which can be shown mathematically to be totally incorrect, has been a drag on the scientific community for decades, causing experimental science to be much less productive than it should be. In fact, by properly designing experiments in which several factors are varied in a carefully thought out, predetermined pattern, much more information can be obtained with far fewer experiments.

What Dr. Roy has achieved in his book on experimental design is to clearly explain why this is so and to provide the tools which allows his readers to overcome their ingrained beliefs and adopt a more effective method of designing their own experimental programs.

Of particular interest is his discussion of experimental design using orthogonal arrays (Chapter 4) for it is in this part of the book that the full power of modern approaches to experimentation become most evident. Here, he illustrates how a set of as few as eight experiments can be used to determine how three presumable independent factors, such as time, temperature and concentration, can be studied to obtain detailed information not only on how each factor individually effects the quality of the final product, but also on the extent to which the factors interact.

Historically, learning this type of technique for designing experiments has been a daunting task since somewhat tedious mathematically manipulations are required for both the design of the experiment and the analyses of the resulting data. However, included with Dr. Roy's book is complete software which eliminates the need for the experimenter to either manually solve the handful of equations needed to extract the results in useful form, or to develop custom spreadsheets in an attempt to automate the process. The software is easy to use and includes all of the tables and data which are used in the book to illustrate the principles of experimental design. The software is also capable of assisting the experimenter in designing sets of up to eight concurrent experiments, rapidly analyzing the data and generating graphical and tabular presentations which greatly aid in the interpretation of the results.

This is an extremely useful book which can have a major beneficial effect on the productivity of any laboratory engaged in experimental process research such as crystal growth, chemical synthesis or manufacturing. By allowing the reader to overcome his innate aversion to varying more than one experimental factor at a time, the book makes it possible for the reader to become a much more productive scientist or engineer and become a role model for his coworkers to emulate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for Quality Control Professionals and Educators
First, I completely agree with all the good things mentioned in the other reviews, but wish to add the following comments:

1. The discussion group (usenet) hosted by Dr Roy is fantastic. If by chance you don't "get it" from reading the book, a simple question posted to the usenet frequently gets you an answer, often within a few hours (its a vocal crowd!!). Many times, the author himself responds to usenet questions. And, on at least one instance, after I repeatdly asked my question, he began exchanging emails with me, which then led to some pleasant phone disscussions.

2. User friendly software and support. See above.

3. Taguichi is frequently attacked by full blown Design of Experiments statistical types who miss the whole point. I strongly encourage all professionals interested in gauging quality control to try out his books and the free software downloads....

An excellent book with powerful software and support......

Reads like a winner, looks like a winner, performs likes a winner....... need I say more...

Auburn Alabama

5-0 out of 5 stars User friendly
Dr.Roy's book is amazing. He has covered almost everything you need to know about the Taguchi method - even meticulous things. This book will suite both for beginners as well as for experts. The CD which comes along with this book is very helpful in understanding the concept behind the analysis with more than 50 examples. If at all you are looking for a book about Taguchi design of Experiments - I highly recommend one and all to buy Dr.Roy's book and benefit through his work.
I started as a beginner and now Iam an expert in Taguchi analysis - and the credit goes to Dr.Roy - he also helps personally in answering your questions.
Thank you very much Dr.Roy.
Three CHEERS to Dr.Roy!

3-0 out of 5 stars Brief review of DOE using Taguchi approach by R. Roy
Dr. Roy has been able to translate into everyday language some of the most difficult concepts of the Taguchi methodology. Whereas the book does not provide the reader with much theoretical background, it doeas provide ample examples and practical approaches to the methodology. Excellent sections are the discussions about the OAs and the modified arrays as well as the ANOVA. The references to the CD ROM are well placed.

The shortcomings of the book are the very poor screens from the software package. In fact, in some cases they are unreadable. Another shortcoming is the absence of any discussion of tolerance design using the Taguchi methodology.

Overall: a good book for reference. ... Read more


138. The Executive's Guide to Information Technology
by Jon Piot, John Baschab
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-21)
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What Every Senior Manager and Consultant Should Know About Managing Effective IT Departments

"This book sheds light on one of the most challenging topics for corporate officers –how to create and manage a high-performance IT department and obtain higher returns from technology-invested capital. The techniques and tools provided show how senior managers can work effectively with CIOs and IT directors to produce outstanding results. The approaches described are must-reading for non-technical executives with a stake in IT, as Baschab and Piot have taken pains to focus on the critical management concepts in IT without over-simplification."
–Tom Bickes, President and CEO, Employbridge

"In The Executive’s Guide to Information Technology, Baschab and Piot clearly identify the challenges inherent in many IT organizations as seen from the front lines. Guiding the reader through the day-to-day challenges, and developing a strategic, step-by-step plan make this guide a key part of every front-line technology managers toolkit."
–Bill Holt, Enterprise Engineering Manager, EDS Corp.

"Baschab and Piot have achieved a good balance between academic rigor and field-tested practice regarding the effective management of corporate technology departments. Their topical structure and process-oriented approach to each topic are directed at improving execution and high-stakes IT decisions such as vendor selection, technology standards, IT staffing, and performance measurement, while their real-world anecdotes provide context and variety. The book is appropriate for anyone interested in harvesting the heretofore largely untapped potential of IT, including those in capstone management of IT courses or for graduate students seeking a senior-management viewpoint on IT."
–Leon A. Kappelman, PhD, Farrington Professor of Information Systems
Director, Information Systems Research Center, College of Business, University of North Texas

"This book is a valuable resource for management and technology consultants who want to understand what is on the agenda of their clients, from IT management to the executive board. The authors have vividly captured the key elements of the non-technical aspects of managing the IT department and provide prescriptive advice for ensuring the highest return on corporate IT investments.Recommended for consultants of all stripes and sure to have an immediate impact on the value consultants can deliver for their clients."
–Mike Brynda, former Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
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5-0 out of 5 stars Before you bring in Booz.Allen, read this book
This is an excellent book with regard to understanding and managing technology.

Each chapter is filled with so much information, it begs the reader to slow down and soak up the surprising and insightful statistics about IT.

What's so unique about John's book is that he's writing to thousand of IT professionals, and yet it feels as if he has spent time in your department interviewing your staff and clients personally. That's how poignant this book is.

John's ability to explain complex and dynamic problems in easy to understand language using anecdotes and allegories is uncanny. The book is founded on fundamental truths and principles that have been around for ages. It's John's ability to bring these principles to life by practically applying them to the circumstances we face very day. This makes the book both practical for the here-and-now as well as the IT professionals of tomorrow.

I have used many of the templates suggested in this book and find them easy to understand, quickly deployable, and readily accepted by team members and clients. It's surprising, but it is the simplicity behind the templates that makes them so usable and effective. As mentioned many times in the book, applying complex technological solutions to simple requests is a common problem within IT.

This book is like an IT bible. It's not something you read once and put on the shelf. It's something that should be referenced often. Whenever you feel you might want to consult with Booz.Allen or McKinsey... reach for this book first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Guide for Medium to Large Businesses
I am the CTO of a small financial services company. I read this book to see what recommendations the authors were making about IT organization and use in larger firms, ostensibly as a roadmap for where to take my department. Many of the ideas within the book (change controls, division of labor, alignment with business goals) can be found elsewhere, but Baschab and Piot have pulled it all together created a reference guide for IT managers.

Based on my personal experience, many of their recommedations are on target. Most small- and many medium-sized organizations can benefit from their recommedations, although not without modification. It can only benefit an IT manager whose department is growing to be alert for instituting the ideas Baschab and Piot discuss, especially concerning controls, risk and organization.

One final note: it would have been interesting for the authors to discuss how small IT departments should implement their recommendations as they grow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I am about half way through this book, and I have to say it has been a life saver. I found other related books to be too entry-level to be helpful, but this book seems to hit the target with some heavy-duty advice for the experienced IT manager.

I found out about the book on Nicholas Carr's website where he recommended it...

see: related readings
Two texts from Michael Porter, the book Competitive Strategy and the article What Is Strategy?, are essential for understanding the relationships among industry structure, firm strategy, and competitive advantage. An extremely lucid overview of the current state of thinking about business strategy can be found in Richard Whittington's What Is Strategy - and Does It Matter? Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad provide insight into the relationship between corporate capabilities and competitive advantage in their classic article The Core Competence of the Corporation.

On the technology side, Porter's Strategy and the Internet diagnoses the failures of e-strategy. Carl Shapiro and Hal Varian take a cold look at the economics of digital business in Information Rules. For a lively account of the commercial and social impact of the telegraph, see Tom Standage's The Victorian Internet. For a solid, practical overview of corporate information management today, consider Jon Piot and John Baschab's weighty The Executive's Guide to Information Technology.

Hope this is helpful...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for IT - need for my executives to read it
This book has all the practical advice that I wish someone had told me at the start of my IT career. Instead of another course on programming or the 15th version of some algorithm, this book has the stuff that helps you think like an executive and move forward in your career.
The topics covered include everything you need to know about how an IT department really works - operations, applications, networking, etc. at a non-technical management level. A good book to buy if you are an IT exec or want to get there and run with the big dogs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with pragmatic advice
The author's depth of experience in optimizing corporate IT departments clearly shines through in this well-written guidebook. Their philosophy for optimizing the IT function is unique and is a refreshing break from many of the "how to boost ROI" books frequently found in this genre. The text is obviously written from a perspective of a CEO/CFO/CIO, but the information is applicable at all levels in corporate IT departments and is particularly useful to IT consultants advising executives responsible for corporate technology.

In addition to their unique perspectives and philosophy, the book is loaded with pragmatic advice and methodologies that can be used immediately to put their advice into practice. For example, I found the chapter on vendor selection especially useful and immediately actionable. Using their comprehensive methodology, I was able to help my client effectively move through what would have otherwise been an arduous and oblique process while avoiding some potentially very expensive pitfalls. This chapter alone was worth the price of the book.

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139. Handbook of Compressed Gases
by Compressed Gas Association
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
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This Fourth Edition brings the reader up to date on gas technologies and equipment that have evolved since the Third Edition was published in 1990. It is both a comprehensive overview and a source reference for supplementary data on every aspect of handling gases in compressed, liquefied, and cryogenic forms.Properties, safety considerations, equipment, and regulations relevant to compressed gases are all addressed. The Fourth Edition gives information relating to current standards from the various standards developing organizations in the field, as well as the latest shipping requirements, storage and handling procedures and uses.The Fourth Edition of Handbook of Compressed Gases is the only compressed gas reference that combines gas-specific information on 66 compressed gases, including physical constants, handling, storage and transportation, and safety requirements as well as comprehensive, detailed information on valves and pressure relief devices, cylinder maintenance, bulk containers and transportation, and oxygen cleaning.The handbook has been reformatted to present information in a more ordered, logical sequence, using specific labeling and marking information to make the Fourth Edition even more useful than its predecessor. This new edition includes: + The latest changes in DOT regulations (HM-206, HM-215A, HM-215B),+ Exposure limits set by ACGIH and OSHA which have been reviewed and updated, + New developments in safety equipment, along with the latest training requirements to mitigate a compressed gas incident. Since this handbook is not product-specific, it contains coverage of gases across the spectrum of the industry -- not just those produced by one manufacturer. It is a ready source of useful information on natural gases, refrigerants, medical gases, atmospheric gases, and equipment and systems for oxygen service.All professionals whose work includes the manufacture, handling, or use of gas will find the Fourth Edition of Handbook of Compressed Gases extremely valuable. It serves the needs of engineers, technicians, researchers, maintenance personnel, health specialists, transportation directors, purchasing agents, hazardous materials officials, and chemical handlers. ... Read more


140. Engineering Economic Analysis
by Donald G. Newnan, Jerome P. Lavelle, Ted Eschenbach
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
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