Total Construction Management

Total Construction Management
  • Author : John S. Oakland,Marton Marosszeky
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Pages : 610
  • Relase : 2017-02-17
  • ISBN : 9781317439332

Total Construction Management Book Review:

A convergence of lean management and quality management thinking has taken place in organizations across many industries, including construction. Practices in procurement, design management and construction management are all evolving constantly and understanding these changes and how to react is essential to successful management. This book provides valuable insights for owners, designers and constructors in the construction sector. Starting by introducing the language of total quality, lean and operational excellence, this book takes the reader right up to the latest industry practice in this sector, and demonstrates the best way to manage change. Written by two of the world's leading experts, Total Construction Management: Lean quality in construction project delivery offers a clearly structured introduction to the most important management concepts and practices used in the global construction industry today. This authoritative book covers issues such as procurement, BIM, all forms of waste, construction safety, and design and construction management, all explained with international case studies. It is a perfect guide for managers in all parts of the industry, and ideal for those preparing to enter the industry.

Lean Construction Management

Lean Construction Management
  • Author : Shang Gao,Sui Pheng Low
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 390
  • Relase : 2014-05-23
  • ISBN : 9789812870148

Lean Construction Management Book Review:

The book presents a mixed research method adopted to assess and present the Toyota Way practices within construction firms in general and for firms in China specifically. The results of an extensive structured questionnaire survey based on the Toyota Way-styled attributes identified were developed and data collected from building professionals working in construction firms is presented. The quantitative data presented in the book explains the status quo of the Toyota Way-styled practices implemented in the construction industry, as well as the extent to which these attributes were perceived for lean construction management. The book highlights all the actionable attributes derived from the Toyota Way model appreciated by the building professionals, but alerts the readers that some attributes felled short of implementation. Further findings from in-depth interviews and case studies are also presented in the book to provide to readers an understanding how these Toyota Way practices can be implemented in real-life projects. Collectively, all the empirical findings presented in this book can serve to enhance understanding of Toyota Way practices in the lean construction management context. The readers are then guided through to understand the gaps between actual practice and Toyota Way-styled practices, and the measures that they may undertake to circumvent the challenges for implementation. The book also presents to readers the SWOT analysis that addresses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats towards the implementation of the Toyota Way in the construction industry. The book prescribes the Toyota Way model for use in construction firms to strategically implement lean construction management. The checklist presented in the book enables readers to draw lessons that may be used additionally as a holistic assessment tool for measuring the maturity of firms with respect to their Toyota Way implementation. Consequent to this, management would then be in a better position to develop plans for Toyota Way implementation by focusing on weak areas, strengthening them, and thus increasing the likelihood of success in the implementation of the Toyota Way. In a nutshell, this book provides a comprehensive and valuable resource for firms not only in the construction industry but also businesses outside of the construction sector to better understand the Toyota Way and how this understanding can translate to implementation of lean construction/business management to enhance profitability and survivability in an increasingly competitive global market place.

Digital Quality Management in Construction

Digital Quality Management in Construction
  • Author : Paul Marsden
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 252
  • Relase : 2019-04-30
  • ISBN : 9780429750854

Digital Quality Management in Construction Book Review:

Much has been written about Building Information Modelling (BIM) driving collaboration and innovation, but how will future quality managers and engineers develop digital capabilities in augmented and video realities, with business intelligence platforms, robots, new materials, artificial intelligence, blockchains, drones, laser scanning, data trusts, 3D printing and many other types of technological advances in construction? These emerging technologies are potential game changers that require new skills and processes. Digital Quality Management in Construction is the first ‘how to’ book on harnessing novel disruptive technology in construction quality management. The book takes a tour of the new technologies and relates them to the management of quality, but also sets out a road map to build on proven lean construction techniques and embed technologically based processes to raise quality professionals’ digital capabilities. With the mountain of data being generated, quality managers need to unlock its value to drive the quality of construction in the twenty-first century, and this book will help them do that and allow those working in construction Quality Management to survive and thrive, creating higher quality levels and less waste. This book is essential reading for quality managers, project managers and all professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC). Students interested in new and disruptive technologies will also learn a great deal from reading this book, written by a professional quality manager with nearly thirty years’ experience in both the public and private sectors.

Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology

Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology
  • Author : John M. Nicholas,Herman Steyn
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 706
  • Relase : 2012
  • ISBN : 9780080967042

Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology Book Review:

Rev. ed. of: Project management for business, engineering, and technology: principles and practice. 3rd ed. c2008.

Project Management for Construction

Project Management for Construction
  • Author : Chris Hendrickson,Chris T. Hendrickson,Tung Au
  • Publisher : Chris Hendrickson
  • Pages : 425
  • Relase : 1989
  • ISBN : 9780137312665

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Solving Organizational Problems

Solving Organizational Problems
  • Author : Chris Christensen
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Pages : 111
  • Relase : 2012-12-19
  • ISBN : 9781477285305

Solving Organizational Problems Book Review:

Everyone knows how to solve problems. But persistent problems, such as low-morale, reduced productivity, or a gradual reduction in business metrics, can often seem insurmountable. Chris Christensen, a recognized management authority, provides a proven, straightforward approach to permanently resolve the most difficult and complicated problems that plague organizations. Follow the seven-step process detailed in How to Solve Persistent Problems and ensure that those difficult, recurring, and often debilitating problems that plague your organization get, and stay, solved.

The Story of Managing Projects

The Story of Managing Projects
  • Author : Elias G. Carayannis,Young-Hoon Kwak,Frank T. Anbari
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Pages : 394
  • Relase : 2005
  • ISBN : 1567205062

The Story of Managing Projects Book Review:

Project management has been practiced for thousands of years, but only recently have organizations begun to apply systematic management tools and techniques to manage complex projects. The Story of Managing Projects showcases cutting-edge research conducted around the world on emerging practices in project management. Covering an enormous spectrum of subjects and industries--from an upgrade of the Greek railway system to infrastructure reconstruction in Kuwait--the authors explore the full range of inter-personal, technical, and organizational dynamics of project management, contributing new insights to its theory and application.

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction
  • Author : Lincoln H. Forbes,Syed M. Ahmed
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 502
  • Relase : 2020-03-18
  • ISBN : 9780429859342

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction Book Review:

Lean Project Delivery and Integrated Practices in Modern Construction is the new and enhanced edition of the pioneering book Modern Construction by Lincoln H. Forbes and Syed M. Ahmed. This book provides a multi-faceted approach for applying lean methodologies to improve design and construction processes. Recognizing the wide diversity in the landscape of projects, and encompassing private and public sector activity, buildings and infrastructure, the book expands upon the detailed coverage of integrated project delivery and new lean tools and techniques to include: Greater emphasis on the importance of creating a lean culture and the initiatives required to transform the industry; Expanded discussions of the foundational writings in lean construction theory; Exploration of the synergies between "lean" and "green" initiatives; Specific procedures for modifying planning and scheduling activities to improve the performance of the project team; Expanded sections on quality, and topics that have become a part of the lean lexicon, such as Choosing by Advantages, "line of balance"/location-based scheduling, virtual design teams, takt time planning and set-based design; Discussion questions for beginners and advanced lean practitioners; and Improved cross-referencing within the text to help the reader navigate the frameworks, techniques and tools to support the application of lean principles. The techniques described here enhance the use of resources, reducing waste, minimizing delays, increasing quality and reducing overall costs. They enable practitioners to improve the quality of the built environment, secure higher levels of customer/owner satisfaction, and simultaneously improve their profitability. This book is essential reading for all those wanting to be at the forefront of construction management and lean thinking.

Managing for Quality in Higher Education

Managing for Quality in Higher Education
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Bookboon
  • Pages : 181
  • Relase :
  • ISBN : 9788740302059

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Project Management for Business, Engineering, and Technology

Project Management for Business, Engineering, and Technology
  • Author : John M. Nicholas,Herman Steyn
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Pages : 746
  • Relase : 2008
  • ISBN : 9780750683999

Project Management for Business, Engineering, and Technology Book Review:

Appropriate for classes on the management of service, product, and engineering projects, this book encompasses the full range of project management, from origins, philosophy, and methodology to actual applications.

New Management Approaches in Construction (Penerbit USM)

New Management Approaches in Construction (Penerbit USM)
  • Author : Mastura Jaafar,Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz
  • Publisher : Penerbit USM
  • Pages : 241
  • Relase : 2014-04-24
  • ISBN : 9789838617123

New Management Approaches in Construction (Penerbit USM) Book Review:

In this new era, changes and innovations that happen in the construction industry force the industry players to increasingly seek knowledge to enhance their firm and project competitiveness. Small as well as large industry players has no exceptions from identifying their strategy for business survival and success. To accommodate those needs, this book presents the new management approaches that could be learned and applied in managing firms and projects. The book goes on to explore the strategic management and project management approaches of business and project entities in construction. Knowledge and ideas discussed in this book were contributed by scholars who are closely involved with research in the industry. Having read their ideas, improving performance would be a significant contribution of this book to the existing and future industry players in construction. Being simultaneously dependent upon each other, this book sees the need to incorporate the various approaches in managing projects and businesses in the construction industry. There will be no doubt, by understanding and practising the approaches, the competitiveness of the industry will be improved.

Lean IT

Lean IT
  • Author : Steven C Bell,Michael A Orzen
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Pages : 370
  • Relase : 2016-04-19
  • ISBN : 143981757X

Lean IT Book Review:

Winner of a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award Information Technology is supposed to enable business performance and innovation, improve service levels, manage change, and maintain quality and stability, all while steadily reducing operating costs. Yet when an enterprise begins a Lean transformation, too often the IT department is either left out or viewed as an obstacle. What is to be done? Winner of a 2011 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award, this book shares practical tips, examples, and case studies to help you establish a culture of continuous improvement to deliver IT operational excellence and business value to your organization. Praise for: ...will have a permanent place in my bookshelf. —Gene Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Tripwire, Inc. ... provides an unprecedented look at the role that Lean IT will play in making this revolutionary shift and the critical steps for sustained success. —Steve Castellanos, Lean Enterprise Director, Nike, Inc. Twenty years from now the firms which dominate their industries will have fully embraced Lean strategies throughout their IT organizations. —Scott W. Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile and Lean, IBM Rational ... a great survival manual for those needing nimble and adaptive systems. —Dr. David Labby, MD, PhD, Medical Director and Director of Clinical Support and Innovation, CareOregon ... makes a major contribution in an often-ignored but much-needed area. —John Bicheno, Program Director MS in Lean Operations, Cardiff University ... a comprehensive view into the world of Lean IT, a must read! —Dave Wilson, Quality Management, Oregon Health & Science University

Operations Management

Operations Management
  • Author : Joel D. Wisner
  • Publisher : SAGE Publications
  • Pages : 617
  • Relase : 2016-06-20
  • ISBN : 9781483383057

Operations Management Book Review:

Finally, an operations management book to get excited about. Operations Management: A Supply Chain Process Approach exposes students to the exciting and ever-changing world of operations management through dynamic writing, application, and cutting-edge examples that will keep students interested and instructors inspired! Author Dr. Joel Wisner understands that today’s students will be entering a highly competitive global marketplace where two things are crucial: a solid knowledge of operations management and an understanding of the importance for organizations to integrate their operations and supply chain processes. With this in mind, Wisner not only provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to operations management, but also gives attention to the important processes involved in linking firms’ operations in a supply chain environment.

Total Quality in the Construction Supply Chain

Total Quality in the Construction Supply Chain
  • Author : John S. Oakland,Marton Marosszeky
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 539
  • Relase : 2006
  • ISBN : 9780750661850

Total Quality in the Construction Supply Chain Book Review:

Construction organisations worldwide are struggling with three issues: total quality management, supply chain management and knowledge management. Pressures from clients and recognition of the relatively slow growth in productivity in the sector are causing managers to focus on structural and strategic management issues. This book tackles each of these three themes, demonstrating their significance as strategic concepts for the construction sector and illustrating how development goals in each of these critical areas can be met. The book combines a theoretical basis with practical tools for management. Written by some of the world's leading experts, and illustrated with international case studies, Total Quality in the Construction Supply Chain offers students a clearly structured introduction to the concept of quality in the construction industry, while posing challenging questions for the most experienced professionals. ·Key management techniques applied specifically to the needs of the construction industry. ·International case studies discussed. ·Demonstrates how to achieve real and lasting improvements in quality across the industry.

Lean Design Management

Lean Design Management
  • Author : Stephen Emmitt
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 104
  • Relase : 2014-11-10
  • ISBN : 1138853372

Lean Design Management Book Review:

The fields of design management and lean construction appear to be developing independently. This volume brings together authors from four continents to argue that lean thinking should be integral to design management in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The publication brings together a variety of perspectives on lean design management as experienced in Africa, South America, Australasia and Europe. Themes covered include: lean thinking and flexible building solutions quality and flow of information in fourteen sub-projects of a major airport project Ghanaian consultants' perspective on process waste target costing and its application to social housing projects in Brazil concept of 'first' and 'last' value, drawing on social housing projects in Chile development of a lean design management model specifically for remote sites. The papers offer a mix of theoretical materials and empirical research findings, providing a unique insight into aspects of lean design management. This book was published as a special issue of Architectural Engineering and Design Management.

Modern Construction Management

Modern Construction Management
  • Author : Frank Harris,Ronald McCaffer,Francis Edum-Fotwe
  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • Pages : 680
  • Relase : 2006-09-07
  • ISBN : 9781405133258

Modern Construction Management Book Review:

This well established undergraduate textbook has been thoroughly revised and updated to cover the latest practices in PFI/PPP, risk management, supply networks, sustainability, lean construction, KPIs, and value management. Modern Construction Management now addresses in particular the contractor's role - often neglected in other textbooks - and throughout it emphasises essential skills and core topics for career development and progression in construction. Two substantial chapters are devoted to self-learning with problems, worked examples and tutorial exercises and the book's comprehensive, clear and pragmatic approach ensures it retains its position as the core textbook for students of construction management, civil engineering and quantity surveying. The material in the book is supported with a comprehensive list of questions and solutions that can be employed as a learning aid. These can be found at

System-Based Vision For Strate

System-Based Vision For Strate
  • Author : Franco Bontempi
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Pages : 728
  • Relase : 2003-01-01
  • ISBN : 9058096300

System-Based Vision For Strate Book Review:

Objective of conference is to define knowledge and technologies needed to design and develop project processes and to produce high-quality, competitive, environment- and consumer-friendly structures and constructed facilities. This goal is clearly related to the development and (re)-use of quality materials, to excellence in construction management and to reliable measurement and testing methods.

Construction Management

Construction Management
  • Author : Denny McGeorge,Angela Palmer
  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 2002-11-04
  • ISBN : 0632060425

Construction Management Book Review:

The construction industry continues to face substantial demands for improvement in quality and cost control, and a reduction in contract disputes. A number of management concepts have been promoted to help achieve this, but many in the industry find the concepts confusing and are sceptical about their usefulness. This book brings together, in a single volume, the main management concepts relevant to the construction industry, providing an objective account of the concepts and showing how they interrelate: * value management * buildability * benchmarking * total quality management * partnering and alliancing * supply chain management (new for this edition) * re-engineering In addition to a new chapter, a new section on strategic alliancing has been added. Text and references have been updated throughout.

EBOOK: Operations Management 2/e

EBOOK: Operations Management 2/e
  • Author : PATON
  • Publisher : McGraw Hill
  • Pages : 983
  • Relase : 2020-12-03
  • ISBN : 9781526848239

EBOOK: Operations Management 2/e Book Review:

EBOOK: Operations Management 2/e

The End of Project Overruns

The End of Project Overruns
  • Author : Robert M. Patty,Michael A. Denton
  • Publisher : Universal-Publishers
  • Pages : 485
  • Relase : 2009-11
  • ISBN : 9781599428963

The End of Project Overruns Book Review:

Applying the principles in this book unleashes ingenuity that achieves, solidifies and perpetuates a new performance culture of mutual benefit. In this culture, project teams will prepare their work in task packages and enable workflow necessary to leave inefficiency of time and resource, literally, no place to hide. Project examples will help teams implement the principles that shorten cycle times, eliminate error, improve quality and reduce costs to succeed in meeting project commitments. Emerging Lean enterprise relationships between clients, EPC contractors and their entire supply chain will advance what constitutes the new, market-differentiating performance of individuals, project teams and companies - justifying high levels of trust and inter-organizational efforts to improve. Client executives will learn to recognize root causes of risk and sources of excellence to mitigate them. Well-developed strategic improvement is often constrained because the traditional way - current means and methods - fit squarely in everyone's comfort zone. By learning to ask the right questions, top-client leadership will soon render overruns from the best traditional systems as "not-good enough" and strive for a new level of excellence. EPC executives will better engage creative voices from their best resources and stakeholders to resolve all concerns and define a unified vision for how to deliver on clients' expectations without overruns during capital project delivery. Lean methods will effectively assure that vision, principles and best expectations are understood and implemented at the workface. Department, discipline and stakeholder leaders will align and no longer frustrate each other and their clients. They will plan and execute with increased efficiency and effectiveness. Cost reduction will accelerate, retaining only client-valued quality - enabling a nimble response to market opportunities and threats. Project and program managers will confidently accept intense, market-induced cost and schedule-reduction efforts. They will apply new metrics, measure potential and extract, align and pilot improvements. They will make workface progress transparent to simplify resource balancing, full utilization and workface flow during all project phases. The results will differentiate team members and their project's performance on the world stage. Project professionals and the skilled labor force will gain confidence to make and keep increasingly difficult commitments and experience thereby increasing opportunity in an organization known for excellence. They will fully engage heart and mind for leaders who expect excellence and they trust to enable and reward best practice performance while they jointly eliminate root causes of problems before they happen. This book guides readers through each essential role for the transformation to Lean...not just at the lowest levels but of the entire business model and all the supporting processes. Resulting market recognition of sustained excellence of people, their systems and they way they work together will create a market-leading force.