Sunday, December 6, 2009

Essential Managers or Unwritten Laws of Engineering

Essential Managers: Project Management

Author: Andy Bruc

Learn about quality control, communication, deadlines, budgeting, and planning risks.

From setting out objectives to compiling the close—down report, from choosing priorities to selecting the right team, Project Management shows you how to plan, run, and monitor a project, and explains what to do if things go wrong. It contains a wealth of straightforward, expert advice on scheduling and budgeting, managing and communicating information, planning activities, and developing leadership skills to ensure successful completion of all your projects.

The Essential Manager have sold more than 1.9 million copies worldwide! Experienced and novice managers alike can benefit from these compact guides that slip easily into a briefcase or a portfolio. The topics are relevant to every work environment, from large corporations to small businesses. Concise treatments of dozens of business techniques, skills, methods, and problems are presented with hundreds of photos, charts, and diagrams. It is the most exciting and accessible approach to business and self—improvement available.

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Unwritten Laws of Engineering

Author: W J King

By James G. Skakoon and W.J. King

This fully revised and updated edition of the 1944 classic, serves as a crucial compilation of "house rules," or a professional code.

It addresses three areas: what the beginner needs to learn at once; "laws" relating chiefly to engineering executives; and purely personal considerations for engineers.

Packed with contemporary examples, this new volume is a must for those entering the engineering field or those interested in improving their professional effectiveness.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Toyota Talent or Closing the Innovation Gap

Toyota Talent

Author: Jeffrey K Liker

Toyota credits its status as a global powerhouse to its people.

Now two of the leading authorities on the company give you the methods for developing an exceptional workforce the Toyota way.

Toyota has changed the economic and business landscape with its model for organizational excellence. Jeffrey K. Liker's international bestseller, The Toyota Way, summarized this management approach with his 4P model consisting of Philosophy, Process, People, and Problem Solving. The Shingo Prize-winning The Toyota Way Fieldbook went a step further showing how to apply the 4Ps to other companies.

Toyota Talent explores the critical importance of People in the Toyota model. Without an exceptional workforce, the other principles would be useless. Liker and Meier describe how the company develops high-performing individuals and an outstanding workforce. With illustrative examples, guidance, and proven techniques, this book also shows the best ways to grow talent from within.

Jeffrey K. Liker, Ph.D., author of the bestselling The Toyota Way, is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and coowner of lean consulting firm Optiprise, Inc. His Shingo-Prize winning work has appeared in The Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and other leading publications.

David P. Meier is coauthor (with Liker) of The Toyota Way Fieldbook, and is President of Lean Associates, Inc., a consulting company dedicated to supporting other organizations in their efforts to learn from the Toyota Way. David was a group leader for Toyota Motor Manufacturing for ten years.

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Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy

Author: Judy Estrin

One of the business world’s most highly regarded innovators offers her ideas on how to close the innovation gap

Is innovation magic, luck, or just another process to be managed? Are innovators born or taught?
Written by one of the technology industry’s most respected entrepreneurs and innovators, Closing the Innovation Gap answers those and other important questions for business leaders, entrepreneurs, public policy makers, academics, and anyone interested in America’s future.

Entrepreneur and former Cisco CTO Judy Estrin explores the evolution of science and technology after World War II to illustrate why innovation is so crucial to economic, social, and cultural development.
Without a thriving “innovation ecosystem,” says Estrin, the United States will not be able to leverage rapidly-changing conditions and prevail in the emerging global economy. She outlines the distinctive life-cycles of each area of this ecosystem-- research, development, and application--and goes on to describe the forces that are eroding it, explaining clearly how and why companies and countries lose their innovative edge. Then she offers practical advice and guidance on what business leaders,
policy makers, entrepreneurs, and educators can do to reignite the spark of scientific and technological creativity in organizations and the country.

Table of Contents:
Preface     ix
Introduction: Innovation Is Not Optional     1
The Capacity for Change     7
The Innovation Ecosystem     35
Inspirational Innovation     53
Narrowing Horizons     71
Losing Our Balance     93
Green-Thumb Leadership     103
Reviving the National Ecosystem     151
Next-Generation Innovators     199
Afterword: A Call to Action     231
Acknowledgments     235
List of Interviewees     239
Index     245