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Writing Effective Use Cases

Author: Alistair Cockburn | ISBN: 0201702258

Writing use cases as a means of capturing the behavioral requirements of software systems and business processes is a practice that is quickly gaining popularity. Use cases provide a beneficial means of project planning because they clearly show how people will ultimately use the system being designed. On the surface, use cases appear to be a straightforward and simple concept. Faced with the task of writing a set of use cases, however, practitioners must ask: "How exactly am I supposed to write use cases?" Because use cases are essentially prose essays, this question is not easily answered, and as a result, the task can become formidable.

Data Resource Quality: Turning Bad Habits into Good Practices

Author: Michael H. Brackett | ISBN: 0201713063

Poor data quality impacts every facet of today's private enterprises and public organizations. The deplorable condition of this critical resource in organizations around the world lowers productivity, impedes the creation of decision support systems (such as data warehousing), and hinders the development of e-commerce and other strategic initiatives. The future success of organizations will greatly depend on how well they design and maintain their data resources.
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Dynamic E-Business Implementation Management: How to Effectively Manage E-Business Implementation (E-Business Solutions)

Author: Bennet Lientz, Kathryn P. Rea | ISBN: 0124499805

Implementing e-business requires a dynamic approach that can respond to changes in technology, management direction, customer and supplier behavior, and competition. Many traditional project management methods don't work with e-business. This book presents proven real-world management methods that are adaptive, dynamic and flexible in an e-business environment. It tackles the central issues of e-business: the burgeoning market for "buy-side" extranet/Internet procurement and supply chain management/business-to-business, Web-based transactions.

Project Management Success Stories

Author: Alexander Laufer, Edward J. Hoffman | ISBN: 0-471-36007-4

Need a book with real-life examples? This book takes stories of project managers working through problems and gives you actionable items, inspiration and tips for your next project.

Handbook of Business Data Communications: A Managerial Perspective

Author: Hossein Bidgoli | ISBN: 0120959763

The Handbook of Business Data Communications looks briefly at the major corporations working in each category. In addition to practical examples, short case studies and summaries of emerging issues in data communications, Professor Bidgoli discusses personal, social, organizational and legal issues surrounding the use of networks and business software. Easy to use, balanced and up-to-date, the Handbook has both answers and insights into future trends in business data communications.

Working Knowledge : How Organizations Manage What They Know

Author: Thomas H Davenport, Laurence Prusak | ISBN: 1578513014

Drawing from their work with more than 30 knowledge-rich firms, Davenport and Prusak--experienced consultants with a track record of success--examine how all types of companies can effectively understand, analyze, measure and manage their intellectual assets, turning corporate wisdom into market value. They categorize knowledge work into four sequential activities--accessing, generating, embedding and transferring--and look at the key skills, techniques and processes of each. While they present a practical approach to cataloging and storing knowledge so that employees can easily leverage it throughout the firm, the authors caution readers on the limits of communications and information technology in managing intellectual capital.

Software Architecture for Product Families: Principles and Practice

Author: Mehdi Jazayeri, Alexander Ran, Frank Van Der Linden | ISBN: 0201699672

This book simplifies the intimidating process of learning how to design software for product-line engineering by focusing on three key aspects of architectural practice: architecture description, assessment and recovery. Practitioners will learn how to pinpoint the source of their problems, focus on the big picture and see what kinds of problems can be addressed with the product-family approach. With this book as a guide, software developers will be able to implement a sound product-family architecture that will result in better quality, reduced costs and decreased time to market.
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Software Assessments, Benchmarks, and Best Practices

Author: Capers Jones | ISBN: 0201485427

Billions of dollars are wasted each year on IT software projects that are developed and either released late or never used. In light of recent large-scale errors, the methods, tools, and practices used for software development have become the subject of significant study and analysis. One qualitative method for analysis is software assessment, which explores the methodologies used by businesses for software development. Another method of analysis is software benchmarking, which collects quantitative data on such topics as schedules and costs.
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