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Guo, H., Li, H., and Skitmore, M. (2010). ”Life-Cycle Management of Construction Projects Based on Virtual Prototyping Technology.” J. Manage. Eng., 26(1), 41–47. Submitted: 06 May 2008 Accepted: 10 April 2009 Published: 15 December 2009 ISSN (print): ISSN (online): 1943-5479 American Society of Civil Engineers 1Construction Virtual Prototyping Lab., Dept. of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ., Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (corresponding author). 2, Construction Virtual Prototyping Lab., Dept. of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ., Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. 3, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Queensland Univ. of Technology, Gardens Point, Brisbane L404, Australia. Life-cycle management (LCM) has been employed in the management of construction projects for many years in order to reduce whole life cost, time, risk and improve the service to owners.
First of all, I must mention that every day is different for a project managers. The challenges, obstacles they face every day, are different. The kind of stakeholders they need to communicate to, are different. In short such day is unpredictable. Yet let me still pen down a typical day of an IT project manager! 7:00 am I like to get into the office before my team gets in 7:05 am Checking piles of emails is a challenge and over the years, I am well versed with the science and arts of managing emails!! 7:30 am I login to project management software & check project progress, update risks, delegate issues. 7:45 am I join the status call with off-shore team & see any issue has aroused and things are progressing as per plan 8:25 am I pull out my To-Do list, Grab a cup of coffee and make some notes. 8:30 am Stand-up meeting with the team; check progress made on yesterdayâ€™s activities, what is todayâ€™s plan & how I can help you 10:00 am. 12:00 am I bring my own lunch. 2:30 pm James call me up.
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The purpose of this post is to clearly delineate the distinct differences between strategy and tactics, and show how they work in tandem for your organization. Often, we use the terms strategy and tactics interchangeably and in a haphazard manner. When probing at online definitions and dictionaries, they often share many of the same characteristics, making them difficult to differentiate. While a tweet-worthy catch phrase, this metaphor risks glib over-simplification. Breakdown: The Difference between Strategy and Tactics Strategy and Tactics Must Work in Tandem These two must work in tandem, without it your organization cannot efficiently achieve goals. Examples: To illustrate, here’s some specific examples across different industries of how strategic goals can be communicated with clear tactical elements, in a linear and logical order: Strategy: Be the market share leader in terms of sales in the mid-market in our industry.
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A corporate reorganization doesn’t have to create chaos. But many do when there is no clear plan for communicating with employees and other stakeholders early, often, and over an extended period. Most executives and their employees dread corporate reorganizations, as we can personally attest. During our combined 35 years of advising companies on organizational matters, we’ve had to duck a punch, watch as a manager snapped our computer screen during an argument, and seen individuals burst into tears. There are many causes of the fear, paranoia, uncertainty, and distraction that seemingly accompany any major reorganization (or “reorg,” a common shorthand for them in many companies). In our experience, though, one of the biggest and most fundamental mistakes companies make is failing to engage people, or at least forgetting to do so early enough in the process. Employees come first Ivory-tower idealism is little better. So, how to handle this challenge? Frequency Clarity Engagement Design
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Purging the meeting of the Pesky Pachyderm There’s an elephant lurking in our office. Some say it’s pink and others claim they’ve seen it parading in the corridor wearing a top-hat. In every company there is that topic that, once mentioned, is followed by an uncomfortable silence. Change management is no exception. So what are these elephants? “Here we go again” becomes the catch phrase of many employees. The second elephant is the passive resistance to change. The point is that if these issues are not addressed on time, and effectively, then they will cause problems to the company in the near future. Now, dear reader, you may be noticing a pattern. However, before I address the what the barrier is of effective communication, I’d like to clarify a common misconception. The inherent barrier to addressing the elephant in many organisations is out of touch leadership. Tackle the tusker. In order to create as few elephants as possible it is vital to acknowledge the problems before they grow.
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New York City not too long ago had a landfill you could see from space. Now it has a plan to get to "zero waste" in the next 15 years—a task that might seem impossible to anyone who has wandered the city’s litter-strewn streets on a weekend and tried to find a public trash can that’s not overflowing. So how does the nation’s largest city go about getting rid of its garbage? But there are a few cities around the world that have become leaders in the zero-waste movement. San Francisco’s Composting Paradise San Francisco became the largest U.S. city to commit to zero waste in 2002, promising to divert 100% of its waste from landfills by 2020. Today, at more than 80% landfill diversion, San Francisco is well on its way to zero waste, but the last bit may be the hardest. Sweden Has No Trash, So It Has To Import It Sweden (and every city in it) has a slightly different approach to zero waste. Buenos Aires’ Grassroots Garbage Pickers Capannori, Italy’s Work To Change Companies
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We celebrate the Swedes for many reasons. They invented the pacemaker, the flat screen monitor, the zipper. And they know a lot about meatballs. Sweden's latest claim to fame now comes in the waste management arena. Less than 1% of the country's garbage goes to landfills, according to the Swedish Institute. How exactly has the Scandinavian country become such a rock star in what’s sometimes called the zero waste movement? Riotous recycling and reuse The extent of Swedish recycling and reuse efforts today is impressive. Swedish households dutifully separate their newspapers, plastic, metal, glass, electric appliances, light bulbs and batteries. Finally, Swedes can haul their larger debris, such as old mattresses and broken furniture, to conveniently located recycling centers. Incinerating the rest Yet that’s only half the story. “Waste today is a commodity in a different way than it has been. San Francisco wants zero waste by 2020 More on waste management...
In a recent article, I discussed new research that showed how collaboration among group members in a sustainable resource use context is not enough to bring about change: it is important to also have at least one confident and knowledgeable person in each group. What about change agents in the context of knowledge organizations? Professor Rachel Barker from the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa provides a theoretical perspective on this in a recent conference paper. Despite recognition that knowledge management should be applied across organisations at all levels, there are a lack of studies investigating the relationship between the use of knowledge management and strategic integrated communication by knowledge leaders during organizational change and transformation to create knowledge organizations. Critical review of existing literature Theoretical framework Characteristics of knowledge leaders Limitations and future research Reference:
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For decades, sci-fi movies have promised us intelligent computers that respond to natural-language commands and can even hold a conversation. With Google Home and Amazon Echo, which answers to the name of Alexa, some say the future has officially arrived. These so-called "voice-activated knowledge devices" use cloud-based AI to serve up answers to your every question. But are they equally smart? Digital marketing firm Stone Temple Consulting thought it was time for a performance test, posing 5,000 questions to both Amazon Echo and Google Home to determine how many each device could answer correctly. "It's very important to note that our test is NOT a test of all the capabilities of both devices," the company stressed. RELATED: Police Want to Ask an Amazon Echo Who Strangled Its Owner In terms of accurate knowledge, the contest showed that Google Home was the clear winner. Stone Temple first counted the number of questions that each device attempted to answer. Credit: Stone Temple Consulting
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Studies show that the quality of your classroom environment is a significant determinant of student learning. Classrooms that are painted with color, lighted with full-spectrum lighting, and devoid of visual noise result in improved academic performance and decreased disruptive, off-task behavior. The following infographic was created by USC Rossier Online, the online master of arts in teaching degree offered through the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California, to help teachers, parents and school administrators understand the power of brain-friendly learning environments The Science of Classroom Design [Full Size Here] Brought to you by USC Rossier's Masters of Arts (MAT) Online Teaching Degree Embed this graphic on your site:
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Sixth graders are new to middle school, and they exude an exuberant, bubbly confidence. They’re a pleasure (if sometimes a challenge) to teach, and these 50 tips and ideas from the WeAreTeachers Helpline and around the Web are great to have in your bag of tricks whether you’re a newbie or an old hand at middle school. 1. Start the year with an icebreaker. Get to know your students right away—they’re likely new to the school as well as your class. Here are ideas for how to spend the first days of school from 6th Grade Tales, like creating a Goal Setting bulletin board inspired by John Green or a rousing game of Would You Rather? 2. Put simply—some people believe that intelligence is fixed, while others think that it’s malleable and depends on effort. 3. Sixth graders (and most middle schoolers for that matter) aren’t known for offering up their opinions or thoughts as readily as younger students. 4. Sixth graders often struggle to understand and deal with other kids’ behaviors. 5. 6. 7.
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“What did you say? Are you talking to me?” As I had my back turned toward the class for a moment to write something on the board, I heard this statement ring out like a bell at a boxing match. “Alright let’s do this …” A second voice responded. Fortunately, I was able to intervene and the students backed down without fighting. Teacher-tested classroom management tips to help you deal with attitudinal... Some alternative technology in the classroom tools that you can use for better... A few ways that can help you obtain the practice you need to get a teaching job. Our top 5 teacher-tested, positive parent-teacher communication ideas. These teaching strategies can turn that uninterested kid into someone who is... Here’s what you should keep in mind when it seems like a fight is about to erupt in your own classroom, hallways, or cafeteria: The Fight Breaks Out Stay cool. Yep – I know it’s “Easier said than done.” Remember, students don’t want to fight. Don’t go it alone. You have a big voice – use it.
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