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Project Management for Designers and Facilities Managers


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CHAPTER 1: PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONCEPTSIntroductionProject Delivery SystemsStrategic Project Management PlanProject Delivery MethodsCase Study: "A Showpiece-Turned-Sour Triggers Change for Future Jobs" CHAPTER 2: PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS FOR PROJECT MANAGERSIntroductionManagement ConceptsSummary CHAPTER 3: THE PROJECT MANAGERWho Is a Project Manager?Case Study: Ohio Operating Power SystemThe Project ManagerProject Manager ResponsibilitiesCaring For and Training Your Project ManagersCase Study: AB&C TelecommunicationsMentoring Project Managers CHAPTER 4: PERSONNEL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENTPersonnel PlanningStaff Management CHAPTER 5: SOFT SKILLS FOR PROJECT MANAGERSIntroductionTime ManagementPreparing and Editing Written MaterialsPublic Speaking Techniques for Project ManagersSuccessful Negotiating Skills for Project Managers CHAPTER 6: DESIGN FIRM OPERATIONSIntroductionProfit Planning for Design FirmsScope Determination by Design FirmsSelecting External (To the Prime) ConsultantsBudgeting Project Design CostsCase Study: Federal Design WorkOther Issues CHAPTER 7: MANAGING THE DESIGN PROCESSCase Study: Selecting the Right TeamDesign Theory in BriefEvaluating and Selecting DesignersThe Design Process in BriefSummary CHAPTER 8: PROJECT PHASES AND PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIESProject PhasesDesign Firm Staff and ResponsibilitiesDesigner/Client RelationshipsWhat Owners Should Ask Designers before Selecting ThemOwner Program Management Options CHAPTER 9: CONTRACT MANAGEMENT/PROJECT ADMINISTRATIONBefore Signing the Design Services ContractContract TypesBilling and CollectionPrompt Payment of ConsultantsCase Study: Loop ArchitectsScope ManagementControlling Project Design Costs and SchedulesWhy Projects Run Over Their Design BudgetProject Administrative ActivitiesProject Notebooks and Project Management ManualsCase Study: International Potato CorporationPartnering CHAPTER 10: MANAGING PROJECT QUALITY AND RISK MANAGEMENTQuality and Risk Management ConceptsQuality ManagementDeveloping a Quality Assurance ProgramPeer Review CHAPTER 11: PROJECT COST CONTROL/SPECIFICATIONS/VALUE ENGINEERINGProject Cost ControlSpecificationsValue Engineering CHAPTER 12: SCHEDULINGProject SchedulingIssues in Planning and Scheduling for Project Managers CHAPTER 13: COMPUTER APPLICATIONSIntroductionWhat Do CADD Systems Do?Web Collaboration Tools: Will They Fit on the A/E/C Industry Tool Belt?Building Information Modeling: Promise Unmet?Case Study: Building Information Modeling A Cautionary Digital TaleAPPENDIX 1: PROJECT CLOSEOUTAPPENDIX 2: PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONSIntroductionThe Green Building Revolution SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX

About the Author

Howard G. Birnberg is president of Birnberg & Associates, a management consulting and association management firm, and is executive director of the Association for Project Managers. He is presently serving as an instructor in project management at the University of California-Berkeley Extension and at Embry-Riddle (Worldwide) University. For six years, he served as an instructor on project management in the Office of Executive Education at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, and also as an adjunct assistant professor at Michigan State University, College of Human Ecology. Mr. Birnberg formerly served as a lecturer on project management for the University of Wisconsin, Department of Engineering Professional Development, for nearly twenty years. He has also lectured at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Texas-El Paso, University of Kansas and Andrews University. Mr. Birnberg is the author of Project Management for Building Designers and Owners (CRC Press, 1998), Project Management for Small Design Firms (McGraw-Hill, 1992) and served as general editor of New Directions in Architectural and Engineering Practice (McGraw-Hill, 1992). His research and articles regularly appear in professional journals, and he is currently serving as a columnist for Civil & Structural Engineer magazine. Mr. Birnberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.


"Howard Birnberg has devoted most of his long career to improving the quality of project management for design and facilities professionals. He cares deeply and passionately about the subject-is a lifelong student of it-and has assembled the best of his thinking in this well-organized, easy-to-read book." -Mark C. Zweig, Founder & CEO, Zweig Group; "Project Management for Designers and Facilities Managers fills an important need for the AEC industry. It provides highly useful insights in meeting the industry's requirements for project management." -Bradford Sims, Ph.D., Chancellor, Worldwide, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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