Many IT projects fail. Most of the failures are due to human error, misunderstanding, process problems and from time to time, technical gaffs. Root causes - systemic internalised practices that lead regularly to broken solutions - are analysed to find why what went wrong went wrong. A Post-Mortem Review presents a in-depth root-cause analysis study of a failed IT project that resulted in some customers arrested and others fired from jobs. The outcome had significant business and technical ramifications as a consequence. The case study presents a detailed and annotated interview with an executive who was involved in the project as well as a detailed analysis of it. Proposed solution opportunities are presented to address the root cause failures. There are so few documented post-mortem reviews that this will be a book to benefit any student studying project management at undergraduate or postgraduate level. It is astonishing how seemingly small things in an IT project that go unchecked can escalate into huge project failures before anyone notices. In this particular case, by the time they did notice, the damage had been done. The case study also makes use of goal and context modelling techniques in order to show how the opportunities for improvements could be represented to provide greater understanding in moving forwards from the project failure, and most importantly, learning from the mistakes made. Learn about the root cause analysis process, how to identify and classify impacts, symptoms, root causes and opportunities and how to structure a report to a client for this kind of investigative IT project.
As established markets become less profitable, companies increasingly need to find ways to create and capture new markets. Despite much investment and commitment, most firms struggle to do this. What, exactly, is getting in their way? The authors of the best-selling book Blue Ocean Strategy have spent over a decade exploring that question. They have seen that the trouble lies in managers' mental modelsingrained assumptions and theories about the way the world works. Though these models may work perfectly well in mature markets, they undermine executives' attempts to discover uncontested new spaces with ample potential (blue oceans) and keep companies firmly anchored in existing spaces where competition is bloody (red oceans). This article describes how to break free of these red ocean traps. To do that, managers need to: (1) Focus on attracting new customers, not pleasing current customers; (2) Worry less about segmentation and more about what different segments have in common; (3) Understand that market creation is not synonymous with either technological innovation or creative destruction; and (4) Stop focusing on premium versus low-cost strategies.
The goal of the world class company is to produce a product or service that offers customers the highest quality at the lowest cost and in the shortest time possible. Product Design Review describes a highly effective method for quality control in product design, as well as its applications in a wide variety of business settings.
Take care of the problems that erupt during product development by nipping them in the bud (during the design stage). Takashi Ichida describes a powerful tool insuring quality at concept stage, thereby eliminating redesign, retooling, rework, and error throughout the production process. The program he describes can be carried out through every phase of new product development - - from product planning to design, production, and marketing. Also explains how you can incorporate your customer feedback into the next production cycle.
You'll always need to modify any process improvement technology to suit your company's culture, product type, manufacturing approach, and customer needs. Product Design Review has taken case studies from a cross section of industries and describes each company's unique application of Ichida's process. You'll not only see the tremendous results these companies have achieved by using Design Review, but you'll also see the difficulties they've encountered.
Also included are five essays that compare Design Review with other innovations in manufacturing process such as artificial intelligence, checklists, quality function deployment (QFD), design of experiments (DOE), and configuration control.
In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to launch and run a successful business venture.
WARNING: This is not the actual book Private L.A. by James Patterson. Do not buy this Review if you are looking for a full copy of this great book.This review of Private L.A. offers resources, critic and reader reactions, and links to keep the adventure going, long after the ocean waves have washed the blood away.There's a fine line between justice and revenge, and when a group of surfers turns up bullet-riddled and burned along the coast, Los Angeles detective Jack Morgan must unravel the motives behind this morbid beach bonfire. Unfortunately, that's just half of our hero's problems. In Private L.A., by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, maverick detective Jack is all work and no play, getting thrown into double duty as he tackles domestic terrorists as well as the disappearance of a celebrity "it" couple.This review of Private L.A. helps you get the most out of this thrill ride, which is a fast read designed for fiction fans that enjoy simple entertainment. The review highlights fun facts about James Patterson, who holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times best sellers by any author. Enter the realm of Tinseltown's titillation, as panic rooms, hidden cameras, and a cache of sex toys expose the kinky secrets of the rich and famous.Get an insider's look into Private L.A.'s most memorable scene, an over-the-top drive-in massacre supersized with cinematic ingredients (gender-bending assassin on rollerskates, anyone?).
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