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10. Does the Schedule Work?

Bonnie Biafore Pogue Press ePub

After sequencing tasks and assigning resources, you finally have a project schedule (and a feeling of accomplishment). But like a crossword puzzle with some letters out of place, your Microsoft Project schedule can look okay even though mistakes are lurking under the surface. Until you've made sure that all elements of your project are based in realitylike task duration, dependencies, and resource assignmentsyour project's finish date, cost, and schedule remain in question.

In addition to the inherent inaccuracy of project work and duration estimates, schedules pick up imperfections in several ways. Take tasks, for example. If you forget a link between two tasks, or your mouse snags the wrong task for a dependency, the task sequence doesn't reflect the real relationships between tasks. In turn, these missing or incorrect task dependencies affect when tasks begin and end. Task constraints and tasks you schedule manually go on the calendar where you tell them tofor example, as soon as possible, no earlier than a specific date, or starting and finishing on specific dates. But if those constraints or dates are wrongor you accidentally create constraints you don't need, the schedule is both incorrect and less flexible. This chapter tells you how to find and correct task dependencies and inadvertent constraints.

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8. Making Organizational Shifts


Earlier in this book, I discussed the principles behind Lean UX. I hope you understand from that section that Lean UX is a mindset. I’ve also discussed some of the key methods of Lean UX, because Lean UX is also a process. As I’ve worked with clients and taught these methods to teams, it’s become clear that Lean UX is also a management method. For this reason, you’ll need to make some changes in your organization in order to get the most benefit from working this way.

When I train teams, they sometimes ask me, “How can I put these methods into practice here?” On this point, I’m a little hesitant. Although I’m confident that most organizations can solve these problems, I’m also aware that every organization is different. Finding the right solution is going to require a lot of close work and collaboration with your colleagues.

To prepare you for that work, I’m going to use this chapter to share with you some of the shifts that organizations need to make in order to embrace Lean UX. I’m not going to tell you how to make those shifts. That’s your job. But I hope this discussion will help you survey the landscape to find the areas that you’re going to address.

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XII: On Supporting Injuries as a Sign of True Patience

Thomas Kempis Mary Lea Hill Fsp Pauline Books and Media ePub


On Supporting Injuries as a Sign of True Patience


What are you saying, my child? Instead of complaining, consider my passion and the sufferings of the saints. “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Heb 12:4). What you suffer is little in comparison to those who suffered so much, who were strongly tempted, grievously afflicted, tried and tested in many ways.

Therefore, you must recall the gravity of the tribulations that others have suffered, so that you may more easily bear your own small miseries. And if they do not seem small to you, make sure that your judgment does not stem from your impatience. But whether they are small or great, try to bear them with patience.

The better you dispose yourself to suffer, the more wisely you will act, and you will have greater merit. If your mind has been prepared for it and has become accustomed to it, you will find it easier to suffer. Do not say: “I cannot tolerate these things from this person. I shouldn’t have to suffer these things, because he has done me great harm and has reproached me for things I never thought of doing. I will suffer willingly, however, at the hands of another, and in the manner that I shall deem best.” Such thoughts are foolish because they do not consider the virtue of patience, nor the One who will bestow the crown. Rather, they consider only that person and the offense that has been given.

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7 From Schoolmarm to State Superintendent

Patricia Lyn Scott Utah State University Press ePub

From Schoolmarm to State Superintendent

The Changing Role of Women in Education, 1847–2004

Mary R. Clark and Patricia Lyn Scott

“Come children, come. We will begin now.” With these words, tradition holds, sixteen-year-old Mary Jane Dilworth opened Utah’s first school with nine pupils on October 24, 1847, three months to the day after the first Mormon pioneers entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake. This event and the public exhortations of church leaders have been used to illustrate Mormon commitment to education. While Mormons valued education, territorial schools were not necessarily the “firm foundation upon which is built the present day system of education” in Utah.1 Educational historian Frederick Buchanan found that Utah’s present public school system “cannot be explained by simply claiming it developed out of Utah’s inspired, prophetic pioneer heritage.”2 Ideology was less important than practical considerations as political leaders shaped the Mormon educational perspective.3 Like other western territories, education was spurred and retarded sporadically by the political, economic, and social realities of frontier life. In Utah, Mormon idealogy simply became a fourth element.

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93. Simple Tips to Manage Stress

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

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