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Engineering your future : the non-technical side of professional practice in engineering and other technical fields

Author: Stuart G Walesh
Publisher: Reston, VA : American Society of Civil Engineers, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart G Walesh
ISBN: 0784404895 9780784404898
OCLC Number: 44811807
Description: xxv, 497 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Definitions of Engineering 1 --
Definitions of Management 4 --
Similarity of Engineering and Management 4 --
Definition of Engineering Management 5 --
Steps of Engineering Management 5 --
Leadership, Management, and Production: Deciding, Directing, and Doing 5 --
Leadership, Management, and Production Defined 7 --
Traditional Pyramidal, Segregated Organizational Model 7 --
Shared Responsibility Organizational Model 12 --
Focus of This Book: Management 12 --
Engineer as Builder 14 --
Common Sense and Common Practice 15 --
Chapter 2 Management of Self 25 --
New Work Environment: Culture Shock? 25 --
No Partial Credit 25 --
Little Tolerance for Tardiness 27 --
Assignments Are Not Graded 27 --
Schedules Are More Complicated 27 --
Higher Grooming and Dress Expectations 27 --
Teamwork Is Standard Operating Procedure 28 --
Expect and Embrace Change 28 --
Employment or Graduate School? 28 --
Full-Time Graduate Study 30 --
Full-Time Employment 30 --
Learn From Potential Employers 31 --
Time Management 31 --
Time Is a Resource 31 --
Roles, Goals and Then, and only Then, Time Management 32 --
Time Management: The Great Equalizer 32 --
Time Management Tips 33 --
A Time Management System 45 --
Key Ideas About Management 45 --
First Few Months: Make or Break Time 45 --
Recognize and Draw on Generic Qualities and Characteristics 45 --
Never Compromise Personal Reputation 47 --
Learn and Respect Administrative Procedures and Structure 48 --
Do All Assignments Well in Accordance with Expectations 48 --
Get Things Done 49 --
Trim Your Hedges 49 --
Keep Your Supervisor Informed 50 --
Speak Up 50 --
Dress Appropriately 50 --
Seek Opportunities To Develop Communication Skills 51 --
Seize Opportunities for You and Your Organization 53 --
Choose To Be a Winner 53 --
Summing It Up 55 --
Managing Personal Professional Assets: Building Individual Equity 55 --
Personal Professional Assets 55 --
Annual Accounting 55 --
Careful Management of Personal Professional Equity 56 --
Continuing Education 56 --
Involvement in Professional Organizations: Taking and Giving 57 --
Licensing 59 --
Licensing Process 59 --
Thoughts on Taking the Fundamentals Examination While in Engineering School 62 --
Comity 62 --
License Renewal 63 --
Chapter 3 Communicating To Make Things Happen 65 --
Listening 69 --
Be Attentive 70 --
Verify Understanding 70 --
Use What Is Learned 71 --
Three Distinctions Between Writing and Speaking 71 --
Single-Channel vs. Multi-Channel 71 --
One-Directional vs. Two-Directional 71 --
Conveying vs. Convincing 73 --
Report Writing Tips: A Chance To Shine 73 --
Define and Write to Likely Audience or Audiences 73 --
Ask About Written Report-Writing Guidelines and Standards 74 --
Start Writing on Day 1 76 --
Outline and Incubate 76 --
Retain Some of the Outline in the Report 77 --
Write "Easy" Parts First 77 --
Write in Third Person 77 --
Employ a Gender-Neutral Style 78 --
Write in an Active, Direct Manner Rather Than a Passive, Indirect Manner 78 --
Use Rhetorical Techniques 78 --
Avoid Tin Ear 78 --
Adopt a Flexible Format for Identifying Tables, Figures, and References 79 --
Use Lists 79 --
Design a Standard Base Map or Diagram 80 --
Use Format Writing 80 --
Establish Report Milestones 81 --
Produce an Attractive and Appealing Report 81 --
Cite All Sources 81 --
Read One More Time 82 --
Speaking Tips: How To Make an Effective Presentation 82 --
Conquer Reluctance to Speak 83 --
Define the Audience and the Setting 83 --
Prepare the Script 84 --
Prepare the Graphics 84 --
Practice Out Loud 86 --
Arrange For and Verify Audio-Visual Equipment 88 --
Suggest a Proper Introduction 90 --
Deliver the Speech 90 --
Prompt Post-Speech Questions and Answers 91 --
Follow-Up 92 --
Take Extra Care with International Audiences 92 --
Body Language 93 --
Chapter 4 Management of Relationships with Others 95 --
Types of People 97 --
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs 98 --
Theories X and Y 100 --
Perspective 101 --
Applications of Theory X and Theory Y Knowledge 101 --
Probable Dominance of Theory Ys 102 --
Delegating 102 --
Reasons To Practice Effective Delegation 103 --
Reluctance To Delegate 103 --
Delegation Isn't Always Down 104 --
Delegation Tips 105 --
Three Possible Outcomes 106 --
Managing Meetings 106 --
Reasons To Meet 108 --
When Not To Call a Meeting 108 --
A Dozen Tips for Successful Meetings 109 --
Dealing with Difficult People and Situations at Meetings 114 --
Miscellaneous Thoughts 116 --
Appreciating and Working with Support Personnel 116 --
Essential Members of the Organization 117 --
Challenges Unique to Working with Support Personnel 117 --
Tips for the Entry-Level Technical Professional 119 --
Selecting Co-Workers and Managing Your Boss 121 --
Carefully Select Co-Workers and Your Boss 121 --
Seek a Mutually Beneficial Relationship 121 --
Avoid Being a Yes Man/Woman 123 --
Caring Isn't Coddling 124 --
Coaching 125 --
Coaching Defined 125 --
Coaching Tips 125 --
Team Playing 126 --
Effective Conference Attendance 127 --
Learning About the Conference 127 --
Before the Conference 128 --
At the Conference 129 --
After the Conference 132 --
Looking Ahead 132 --
Chapter 5 Project Management 133 --
Broad Definition of Project 133 --
Project Management Defined 134 --
All Things Are Created Twice 135 --
Centrality of Project Management 139 --
Relevance of Project Management to the Entry-Level Technical Professional 142 --
Project Time and Task Management 142 --
Chronological List 144 --
Gantt (Bar) Chart 145 --
Critical Path Method 145 --
Review of Earlier Questions 156 --
Key Ideas 157 --
Project Management Software 157 --
Project Plan 158 --
Project Team Kickoff Meeting 158 --
Client Kickoff Meeting 159 --
Project Plan Format 159 --
Project Plan Avoidance Syndrome 160 --
Project Monitoring and Control 160 --
Project Post-Mortem 162 --
Client Input 162 --
Team Meeting 163 --
Closure: Common Sense and Self Discipline? 163 --
Chapter 6 Total Quality Management 169 --
Quality Defined 170 --
Quality as Opulence 170 --
Quality as Excellence or Superiority 170 --
Quality as Meeting Requirements 171 --
Stakeholders 172 --
Total Quality Management Defined 173 --
Principles of Total Quality Management 175 --
Comments on Some of Deming's "14 Points for Management" 178 --
Tools and Techniques 180 --
Metrics 181 --
Written Guidelines 182 --
Flow Charting 184 --
Fishbone Diagrams 185 --
Pareto Analysis 185 --
Brainstorming Sessions 185 --
Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Process 188 --
Benchmarking 188 --
Partnering 190 --
Stakeholder Input 192 --
Results of Total Quality Management 192 --
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award 193 --
Closing Thoughts 193 --
Chapter 7 Design 195 --
Design Function 195 --
Interaction 197 --
"Back-of-Envelope" Sketches and Calculations 197 --
Contrasting Planning and Design 198 --
Hard and Soft Results 198 --
Disproportionate Impact of the Design Function 198 --
Design in Terms of Deliverables 200 --
Drawings 201 --
Technical Specifications 201 --
Non-Technical Provisions 201 --
Design as Risky Business 205 --
Design as a Creative, Satisfying Process 206 --
Creating a Creative Atmosphere 207 --
Word "Engineer" and Creativity 207 --
Concluding Statement 208 --
Chapter 8 Decision Economics 209 --
Broad Applicability of Decision Economics Tools 211 --
Distinction Between Economic Analysis and Financial Analysis 211 --
Steps in the Decision Economics Process 212 --
Step 1 Determine Physical and Economic Lives of Project Components 212 --
Step 2 Diagram Revenue and Construction, Manufacturing, Replacement, and Operation and Maintenancee Expenditures 215 --
Step 3 Select Interest Rate 219 --
Step 4 Put Costs and Benefits on a Comparable Basis and Calculate Benefit-Cost Ratio or at Least Cost 220 --
Step 5 Consider Intangible Benefits and Costs 220 --
Step 6 Recommend Best Alternative 220 --
Discounting Factors 220 --
Single-Payment Simple-Interest Factor 221 --
Single-Payment Compound-Amount Factor 223 --
Single-Payment Present-Worth Factor 226 --
Series Compound-Amount Factor 228 --
Series Sinking-Fund Factor 231 --
Series Present-Worth Factor 231 --
Capital-Recovery Factor 234 --
Gradient-Series Present-Worth Factor 236 --
Summary of Discounting Factors 240 --
Benefit-Cost Analysis 240 --
Alternatives with Variable Costs but Identical Benefits 240 --
Alternatives with Variable Costs and Benefits 243 --
Alternatives With Variable Costs and Benefits and with Significant Intangibles 246 --
Sensitivity of B/C to Interest Rate 246 --
Sensitivity of B/C to Economic Life 256 --
Sensitivity of Costs to Load, Capacity, or Other Measures of Service 257 --
Analytic and Empirical Approach 259 --
Computer Simulation Approach 260 --
Empirical Approach 263 --
Concluding Statement 263 --
Rate of Return or Return on Investment 263 --
Life Cycle Analysis 266 --
Chapter 9 Organization of Organizations 277 --
Concept of a Team 278 --
Legal Forms of Business Ownership 280 --
Sole Proprietorship 280 --
Partnership 280 --
Corporation 281 --
Organizational Structures 281 --
Functional Organizational Structure 282 --
Regional Organizational Structure 285 --
Client Organizational Structure 287 --
Matrix Organizational Structure 288 --
Neat on Paper, Messy in Practice 292 --
To Reorganize or not To Reorganize: That Is the Question 293 --
Single vs. Dual Ladder Advancement Systems 293 --
Virtual Teams 300 --
Chapter 10 Business Accounting Methods 305 --
Why Do Accounting? 305.
Responsibility: Stuart G, Walesh.

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