Meet the Managers

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24pp Illustrated

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Bistamundi everyone.*

The foundation series by dashdot aims to find new ways of explaining and exploring project and programme techniques in an enjoyable and realistic fashion for the real world – to support formal education, academic studies and text books.

Titles in this series which are available or in development include:

  • Meet the Managers
  • Management in the Real World
  • The Basic Tool Kit
  • What Do Project Managers Do?!
  • Misunderstandings – about time and cost

*Bistamundi is a universal project management greeting which is under extended trials. Bistamundi activities promote and raise funds for IPMA Young Crew from time to time. www.bistamundi.com

Management in the Real World

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24pp Illustrated

Free to download by clicking here.

(2.5Mb, pdf format)

 

Bistamundi everyone.*

The foundation series by dashdot aims to find new ways of explaining and exploring project and programme techniques in an enjoyable and realistic fashion for the real world – to support formal education, academic studies and text books.

Titles in this series which are available or in development include:

  • Meet the Managers
  • Management in the Real World
  • The Basic Tool Kit
  • What Do Project Managers Do?!
  • Misunderstandings – about time and cost

*Bistamundi is a universal project management greeting which is under extended trials. Bistamundi activities promote and raise funds for IPMA Young Crew from time to time. www.bistamundi.com

Recession Recovery… (and beyond) for businesses of all sizes

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76pp Illustrated

ISBN-13:
978-0-9554132-6-1

This volume looks at a variety of tips and techniques which might be adopted by businesses of all sizes as they emerge or plan to emerge from the lowest part of a depression towards what is generally called a recovery. By considering these issues each organisation can prepare a kit to suit their own purposes and reflect their circumstances, define their mature interests and establish their capabilities and breadth of aspirations.(Click here to download your recession recovery score card.)

This is probably the best way to do it – to do-it-yourself, rather than expect others to do it for you or to adopt some universal formula or advice.

In this volume readers can also join Alex, Sally, Charlie, Stan, Guy, Ollie and John, with their colleagues and advisors as they do some thinking about a possible upturn and beyond. They consider over twenty stimulating tips which can be put to good use or rejected or held over to form their very own bespoke Recession Recovery Kit. You can do the same if you wish, or just read it and cherry-pick some inspirations.

We will also look beyond the short and medium term recovery horizon to beyond and what that might contain, which will not be conventional or predictable.

There is a collection of sensible ideas, reminders and good sense with listings and illustrations. There is a record sheet to assemble a kit from scratch or confirm that each current approach is on the right lines or the focus remains on survival rather than recovery.

This book is also complimented by a series of dashdot talks and presentations on business survival and recovery.

A Recession Survival Kit for Businesses of all sizes

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64pp Illustrated

ISBN-13: 978-0-9554132-5-4

(Click here to download your recession survival score card.)

It does not matter how you package it. When you take stock there will always be recessions. They are the gloom phase of the boom and gloom cycle.

For most businesses it is not possible to avoid a recession but it may be possible to survive. As usual the business organisations of all sizes will be left to their own devices to get through. Previously they will have built up and sustained their operations through their own initiative, hard work, leadership, contacts, tenacity and good fortune. And so they will need these same characteristics to determine how to survive a “downturn in economic circumstances.”

All businesses are different in their needs, circumstances and aspirations and these may change for each stage of a recession, stutter, dip or crash. So there are neither silver bullet nor one-size-fits-all solutions.

In this volume readers can join Oliver Aichbee (Ollie) from a design-based business with his colleagues and advisors as they do some thinking and research about a possible recession and then consider over twenty Top Kit Tips which can be adopted or adapted or rejected or confirmed as taking place to form the basis of their bespoke Recession Survival Kit. And you can do the same.

There is a wealth of sensible ideas with explanations, listings, illustrations and a checklist to formulate and prioritise a kit from scratch or confirm that current proposals are on the right lines. Positive businesses may also use the survival processes to rationalise, refocus or energise – partially or wholly.

There will be casualties from any recession so that is addressed also. Good luck! – you will probably need it.

First published in 2008 this edition has been revised and expanded to cover businesses of all sizes.</p>\r\n<p>This book is also complimented by a series of talks and presentations from dashdot on business survival and recovery.

Good Business Advisors – a guide for organisations of all sizes

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48pp Illustrated

ISBN-13:
978-0-9574834-2-2

Currently, the roles of advisors to organisations are under scrutiny.

Recessions, austerity and difficulties always bring out a critical review of the roles of advisors.

Do the advisors accurately predict the downturn and how to tackle the issues arising?

Do the advisors offer truly useful and independent advice or can some aspects be self-serving?

Do large companies use their advisors wisely?

Good advisors could be really useful – for organisations of all sizes – mega, large, medium, small and micro.

This volume takes the side of all of these organisations of all sizes in helping them recognise what they may need or they may already have (or not need at all!) – to get good advisors, good advice and good value in setting up and running their organisations – in the good times and the not so good.

sixteen stories – for managers of projects, programmes and enterprises

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68pp Illustrated

ISBN-13:
978-0-9554132-7-8

Once upon a time. Yes, once upon a time, there was a busy ‘manager*’ who sometimes could be tired and tense. What they desired more than anything in the world was lots of suitably comforting and relaxing stories – with illustrations if possible – to be read to them by a loved one at bedtime or to be studied while travelling on buses, trains and sometimes on planes.

When asked, at every approaching Christmas, birthday and anniversary, the manager would politely repeat their request.

Good friends and family were looking everywhere but, despite various purchases as presents, could not find anything really suitable and affordable.

In the end they decided there was nothing else for it but to assemble and write a collection themselves – as a special gift – and occasionally feature the manager’s special interests of the abacus and submarines.

However, unfortunately they have not managed to complete and agree on the collection yet. Pity. There you go.

Of course there is always this volume on similar lines as a substitute in the meantime.

Sweet dreams and/or safe journeys.

 

*In this context ‘manager’ can include those involved in the management of projects, programmes, portfolios, enterprises, change, benefits realisation and many other related initiatives – also possibly managers of popular music combos, sports and football teams, and in the emergency and armed services – not forgetting managers in HR, PR and ICT.

An Introduction to and a Study Guide for Collaboration for Contractor Contributions to Design Team Activities

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128pp Illustrated

ISBN-13:
978-0-9574834-1-4

Within this volume there are eighteen separate modules for stimulating and selective self-study including case studies, examples and exercises with model answers.

These modules may be of interest to ‘contractors’ who wish to get closer to the design processes and make meaningful contributions.

The modules may also be of interest to ‘designers’ who wish contractors could be closer and make meaningful contributions to design.

There will also be third parties – such as clients and project managers – who would like to realise the potential benefits of such collaborations.

By studying, exploring and reflecting upon the contents within each module ‘students’ will:

  • have an appreciation of areas for collaboration for contractors and designers;
  • recognise opportunities for collaboration in practice and the contributions which can be made;
  • be familiar with tricks, tips, tools and techniques appropriate to positive collaboration;
  • be pragmatic in recognising, dealing with and/or accepting the obstacles to collaboration;
  • obtain an outlook for the longer term to recognise collaborative circumstances for the benefit of their organisations, project teams, customers, clients and stakeholders, plus themselves.

an introduction to the ever expanding design team

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100pp Illustrated

ISBN-13:
978-0-9574834-0-8

 

Good, integrated, affordable, sustainable, customer satisfying design is essential for the UK built environment, society and civilisation.

Good, capable, Design Teams are needed to provide the designs.

These modern, ever expanding Design Teams need leadership to be efficient, effective, appreciated, satisfying and rise to the challenges.

This book contains analysis, explanations, lists and prompts based on front-line experience on diverse projects, working for, with and against designers, and the many other parties with interests in design, on many building types.

Application and research continues.

It’s exciting! It’s dynamic!

Characteristics of Effective Project Managers

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52pp Illustrated

ISBN-13: 978-0-9554132-0-9

Project Management is a new concept for many and project managers are a new breed of people. Where do they come from? How do you recognise them? What do they do? These are all good questions.

This booklet is a lighthearted review of eighteen of the many characteristics which contribute to the effectiveness (or lack of) for project managers in the front line. On a more serious note it also provides the opportunity to assess in real terms these and other characteristics against the often unique needs and circumstances of a particular project or post or position.

Having established the needs or “the Demand” it is then possible with the aid of this book to make a fair comparison with what is on offer or “the Supply”. This exercise may be done by:

  • clients/customers looking to appoint project managers
  • employers looking to employ active or potential project managers,
  • employees with employers, as a form of opportunity assessment and capability review,
  • individuals who wish to analyse their relative strengths and weaknesses – to decide what to do with them and about them.