he shows you this power. Translated into the image and language of
contemporary life, James Taylor makes the poetry of the psalms live
Taylor is a master at finding God in the stuff of ordinary life. He
teaches the way Jesus taught -- by telling stories about everyday
things: an old song remembered from years ago, an arthritic pet cat, a
lost contact lens. Along the way, he opens our eyes, ears, minds, and
hearts, to the discovery that God is not only present in religious
ceremonies, but in everything we do, whether we're studying the universe
or diapering a baby, taking out the garbage or playing touch football.
At any time, God may be telling us something new, or helping us to
understand something old. The first book in Taylor's "Everyday" series, An Everyday God remains a rewarding guide to spiritual growth.
—Bob McGannon, Director, Mindavation
"Finally, there is a book that describes the theoretical and practical applications of project schedule and cost planning and control covering the how and what it means for two difficult practical problems in all projects. This book explains, simply and practically, how to produce a schedule, create an estimate, and then execute the project. It is definitely an important resource for the new or experienced PM."
—Joe R. "Chip" Stilwell, Stilwell and Associates of the USA, Inc.
Schedule and cost control are the key elements of successful project management. Yet, over 80% of all projects start with underestimated schedules and costs and are doomed to exceed projections before they begin. This clear and concise book demonstrates how to establish realistic estimates for successful project completion. It illustrates how to control a project’s schedule and costs, but more importantly, it shows the reader how to develop the project’s plans and processes so that controlling the schedule and costs are achievable goals.
It is commonly believed that the computer-based systems most organizations rely on to support their businesses are not very smart. Many of the business decisions these companies make tend to be hidden in systems that make poor decisions, or don't make them at all. Further, most systems aren't configured to learn from the past and therefore struggle to keep up with the pace of change. While many organizations believe the answer is to implement newer, "intelligent" systems, the fact is that much of today's existing technology has the potential to be "smart enough" to make a big difference to an organization's business.
This digital Short Cut lays out a cry for systems that are smart enough to help companies survive and thrive in the world as it is today. Showing how the neglect of operational decisions prevents effective implementation of strategy and describing the characteristics of effective operational decision-making, the Short Cut establishes the role of operational decisions. The characteristics of the smart enough systems modern business needs are explained, and the absolute requirement for a new approach is outlined.
This Short Cut is a reproduction of the “Smart Enough Systems Manifesto” and “Why You Need Smart Enough Systems” chapters from the book.
This Short Cut should be of interest to software and business professionals. In particular, it will be of value to those managing information systems and application development projects in defining the goals they should have in building better systems, and to business owners who are frustrated by their current systems but cannot articulate how or why to change things.
The “Smart Enough Systems” Manifesto
Operational Decisions Are Important
Operational Decisions Can and Should Be Automated
Taking Control of Decisions is Increasingly a Source of Competitive Advantage
The Need for Smart Enough Systems
The Importance of Operational Decisions
Strategy Drives Decision-making
Strategy Is Not Static
Operational Decisions Matter
Operational Decisions Are Under Pressure
Operational Decision-Making as a Corporate Asset
Characteristics of Operational Decisions
Characteristics of Corporate Assets
Introducing Smart Enough Systems
Characteristics of Smart Enough Systems
Current Approaches Fail
Decision Management Is Required
Introducing Smart Enough Logistics
Thomas H. Davenport, Professor, Babson College, Author of Competing on Analytics
The computer-based systems most organizations rely on to support their businesses are not very smart. Many of the business decisions these companies make tend to be hidden in systems that make poor decisions, or don’t make them at all. Further, most systems struggle to keep up with the pace of change.
The answer is not to implement newer, “intelligent” systems. The fact is that much of today’s existing technology has the potential to be “smart enough” to make a big difference to an organization’s business. This book tells you how.
Although the business context and underlying principles are explained in a nontechnical manner, the book also contains how-to guidance for more technical readers.
The book’s companion site, www.smartenoughsystems.com, has additional information and references for practitioners as well as news and updates.
Additional Praise for Smart (Enough) Systems
“James Taylor and Neil Raden are on to something important in this book–the tremendous value of improving the large number of routine decisions that are made in organizations every day.”
Dr. Hugh J. Watson, Chair of Business Administration, University of Georgia
“This is a very important book. It lays out the agenda for business technology in the new century–nothing less than how to reorganize every aspect of how a company treats its customers.”
David Raab, President, ClientXClient
“This book is an important contribution to business productivity because it covers the opportunity from both the business executive’s and technologist’s perspective. This should be on every operational executive’s and every CIO’s list of essential reading.”
John Parkinson, Former CTO, Capgemini, North American Region
“This book shows how to use proven technology to make business processes smarter. It clearly makes the case that organizations need to optimize their operational decisions. It is a must-have reference for process professionals throughout your organization.”
Jim Sinur, Chief Strategy Officer, Global 360, Inc.
Enriched with first-hand commentary from personal letters and diaries, and the official narrative of the voyage, as well as artworks, sketches and charts produced by the shipboard artists and surveyors, James Taylor has produced a thoroughly engaging and informative account that will appeal to historians, scientists, art lovers, and anyone with a sense of adventure.