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The Unwritten Laws of Engineering: With Revisions and Additions

By
James G. Skakoon
James G. Skakoon
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W. J. King
W. J. King
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ISBN-10:
0791801624
No. of Pages:
60
Publisher:
ASME Press
Publication date:
2001

Learn project management skills and techniques, then apply them to the activities that you manage.

Your organization probably has, or certainly should have, standard procedures for its major engineering efforts such as developing new products or processes. You will also need to apply techniques commonly used for managing projects. Some of these are, for example, resource planning, calendar scheduling, and progress tracking. Simply stated, to manage projects properly you must plan your work, then work your plan.

Learn project management skills and techniques, then apply them to the activities that you manage.
Plan your development work far enough ahead of production so as to meet schedules without a wild last-minute rush.
Beware of seeking too much comfort in planning your engineering programs.
Be content to “freeze” a new design when the development has progressed far enough.
Constantly review projects to make certain that actual benefits are in line with costs in money, time, and human resources.
Make it a rule to require, and submit, regular periodic progress reports, as well as final reports on completed projects.
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