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Life-Cycle Management of Construction Projects Based on Virtual Prototyping Technology | Browse - Journal of Management in Engineering Life-Cycle Management of Construction Projects Based on Virtual Prototyping Technology | Browse - Journal of Management in Engineering 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 yesterday’s activities, what is today’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. A Typical Day In The Life Of a Project Manager A Typical Day In The Life Of a Project Manager
The Difference between Strategy and Tactics 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. The Difference between Strategy and Tactics
Risk Management

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Welcome to the SEPO Risk Management Toolkit The most important part of your risk management effort is process and the way you use it. If you do not have a process yet, we recommend that you start using tools that will help you develop a process. The "Process Assets" compartment of this toolkit contains tools that can help you define, tailor, implement, and monitor a risk management process on your program or within your organization. These tools include guidance, steps, and descriptions of elements of the process. The "Support Assets" compartment of the toolkit contains detailed information that you can use at specific steps of the process. Steps of Process Diagram Click on image to enlarge. If you have any additional information or assets in risk management, send them to the CMMI core team. Also, please let us know if something in this material is: Missing Incorrect Vague or Unclear Incomplete We will do our best to consider your needs in future editions of the toolkit. Welcome to the SEPO Risk Management Toolkit
Risk Assessment Forum White Paper: Probabilistic Risk Assessment Methods and Case Studies with companion FAQ Document Document Links Document History Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) began playing an increasingly important role in Agency risk assessments following the 1997 release of EPA’s Policy for Use of Probabilistic Analysis in Risk Assessment at the U.S. Background PRA is a group of techniques that incorporate variability and uncertainty into the risk assessment process. Content These documents describe how PRA can be applied to enhance the scientific foundation of decision making across the Agency. Both documents address issues such as variability and uncertainty, their relevance to decision making, and the PRA goal of providing quantitative characterization of the uncertainty and variability in estimates of hazard, exposure, or risk. RAF Probabilistic Risk Assessment White Paper | Office of Science Advisor RAF Probabilistic Risk Assessment White Paper | Office of Science Advisor
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I am a bad delegator and very much a do it yourselfer (DIY). It’s one of the many reasons I am certain I’d make a terrible CEO. CEOs must delegate. At scale, they should only do three things; set the vision and strategy and continuously communicate it, recruit and retain the very best people, and keep the company funded. Everything else has to be delegated at scale. But when you start a company, you (and your cofounders) have to do everything yourself. I like it when I see a founder team that is resourceful, has range, and can do a lot of this stuff themselves. But at some point they need to start delegating this stuff. Knowing when it is the right time to start handing things off and hiring is an art not a science. One suggestion I frequently make is to find a “utility infielder” for your first business hire. Doing a startup is an evolution from DIY to Delegate. DIY vs Delegate DIY vs Delegate
[This blog post was originally published on TechCrunch on March 14, 2010.] At Andreessen Horowitz, we favor founders running the company. The reasons are many (and will be the topic of a future blog post). As a result, we spend a great deal of time thinking about the characteristics required to be a founding CEO. Most people define leadership in the same way that Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously defined pornography when he said: “I know it when I see it.” A better definition comes from former Secretary of State Colin Powell who said: “You have achieved excellence as a leader when people will follow you anywhere if only out of curiosity.” So what makes people want to follow a leader? The ability to articulate the visionThe right kind of ambitionThe ability to achieve the vision Let’s take these in order. The ability to articulate the vision—The Steve Jobs Attribute Can the leader articulate a vision that’s interesting, dynamic, and compelling? So, are great leaders born or made? Notes on Leadership Notes on Leadership
How to Lead How to Lead I wanted to share my approach to leadership that I’ve refined over the past few years, especially in the last six months since I joined MeUndies. It incorporates a lot of best practices shared by leaders I’m inspired by: Brian Chesky, Tristan Walker, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, among others. Triaging: Survey the Scene, Prioritize, and Take Action At first, everything is going to feel like a mess. Too much process and predictability = not innovating/creating fast enough.New problems every day that require triaging to survey the scene, prioritize, and take action.Some things will look serious, but they are actually colds.Don’t allocate time and resources toward solving this because it’s just going to go away.Other things are going to present themselves as colds, but if not diagnosed properly, they can actually become fatal.Prioritize and allocate time and resources toward solving this. The concept of editing is the best metaphor for leading a company: Simplify and Focus Allocate Resources

Resource Management

Not long after I changed careers to become a full-stack web developer, I received an odd Facebook message from a family friend. “I visited your website,” he wrote, “and I’m still trying to figure out what pancakes have to do with websites.” Clever…or clueless? I’m still unsure. But one thing is certain: IHOP needs to move over; the term “full stack” isn’t about pancakes anymore. What is a full-stack web developer? Developers describe the technical levels of an application as a “stack,” not unlike like a tower of pancakes. Together, all of these things comprise a technology stack. What skills does a full-stack developer need? The exact skills of a full-stack developer will range amongst companies—or even from person to person. A full-stack developer needs two basic sets of knowledge: front-end development and back-end development. The core skills required of a full-stack developer will vary widely depending on the particular stack an application or company uses. Go full-stack. Deconstructed: What Is Full-Stack Web Development? Deconstructed: What Is Full-Stack Web Development?
The 8 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016 In 2012, Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen famously declared, “Software is eating the world.” By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This means that the door is wide open for individuals who do not have a traditional background in computer science to learn how to code. Let’s take a look at some of the most in-demand languages of 2016 to figure out which tools will best complement your skill set and career goals. What is it? SQL stands for Structured Query Language. What can you do with it? SQL is good at fetching data and is most typically used to retrieve information from databases and combine it together to create reports. What’s the learning curve like? The great thing about this language is the syntax is very simple and it takes only a few minutes to learn how to run a very basic report. Why is it in-demand? Who Uses SQL? 2. The short answer is, just about anything. Who uses Java? 3. Who uses Python? 4. Who uses C#: 8. The 8 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2016
5 Reasons You Should Learn to Code There’s no denying that web development is one of today’s most lucrative careers. With a median salary of more than $90,000 and demand skyrocketing by 22% every year, web development is a smart career path for many individuals. But even if you’re not planning on becoming a full-time programmer, learning how to code can have substantial benefits for your career. Not sure if you want to tackle the challenge? 1. Learning a skill such as coding signals to your employer that you are resourceful, tech-savvy, and versatile. Monopolizing a skill at work is a sure-fire way to become indispensable, and coding will help you do just that. 2. Understanding code is crucial if you frequently collaborate with the technical members of your team. Speaking their language will win you respect, make conversations more effective, plus enable you to evaluate technology solutions and understand the resources necessary to complete a certain project. 3. 4. Have an idea for a new app? 5.
Continuing the conversation on efficiency and the water-energy nexus | ACEEE How much energy does it take to fill a glass with drinking water? If you take into account the energy to transport the water from its source through the treatment and distribution process and into your faucet, there’s a lot of embedded energy that goes into that glass of water. And that’s not even getting into any energy used in the wastewater treatment process. It’s a simple question, but a challenging one to answer. ACEEE researched this topic in a white paper released last year, Watts in a Drop of Water: Savings at the Water-Energy Nexus, which gathered data from existing literature on energy savings associated with water savings. The response was not as high as we hoped, but we received real-world data from a selection of water utilities on how they use energy by activity, such as source/conveyance, treatment, and distribution. We still need more data on the energy intensities of systems to build out this analysis.
Waste Management

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 4 Cities That Are Getting Rid Of All Of Their Garbage
In Sweden, they've conquered the problem of landfills. In fact, less than 1% of their garbage ends up in these detrimental places. This Is What Happens To Trash In Sweden…Wow Didn’t See That Coming
Classroom Management Plan Rules Imagine a basketball game in which none of the players know the rules. The referees would blow the whistle constantly, admonishing players for breaking rules they didn’t know existed. How frustrating would this game be for both the players and the refs, and for the fans in the bleachers? It would be chaos. In your classroom, you are the referee, your students are the players, and the fans are parents and guardians. Less is More Create a few straightforward yet inclusive rules for your classroom. We just gave you a lot of rules for writing classroom rules! “Something I do in my classroom that works great is to write the rules with my students,” explains Katy Jaeger, a first-grade teacher in Colorado. Communicate with Parents Discuss the classroom rules with parents at open house, and send them home on the first day of school. Be Consistent Reinforce classroom rules consistently with all students, even in seemingly minor infractions. Procedures I do: We do: Attend A Classroom Management Plan for You
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