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Project Risk Management Guidelines:
Managing Risk in Large Projects and Complex Procurements

PAL No. 090, £45.00
Dale Cooper, Stephen Grey, Geoffrey Raymond, Phil Walker
Managing risk is important to the success of any project. In large-scale or complex projects managing risk becomes critical.

Project Risk Guidelines - Managing Risk in Large Projects and Complex Procurements describes principles, practices, and techniques for effective risk management in complex and large-scale projects and procurements. The authors present simple, practical steps and illustrate them with examples drawn from their extensive experience across difference countries, sectors, cultures and project phases.

Qualitative and quantitative approaches are covered, including a detailed quantitative project risk analysis using Palisade’s @RISK. Unique in its focus and featuring a wealth of checklists, tables and other resources, this book will prove an essential and enduring tool for anyone involved with project work. HC 384 pp


Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2003
PAL No. 082, £37.95
Uyttewaal, Erik
Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft® Office Project 2003: The Book By and For Professionals, is based on the cumulative experience of the author, his clients, and other instructors, and includes insights from numerous other professionals who have used MS Office Project successfully. This unique guide gives a complete picture of how to achieve the best results with Microsoft Project.

This fully revised new edition of Eric Uyttewaal's best-selling book does more than describe the features of Microsoft Project. The author recommends certain features and argues against others - giving you a complete picture of how to use Microsoft Office Project 2003 to build a dynamic schedule that meets your need, not just once, but continuously. SC 575 pp.

Key features:
    Fully aligned with the PMBOK 2004 edition,
    Teaches how to build dynamic, easy-to-maintain project models,
    Provides a checklist for good models of your project,
    Provides many helpful screen illustrations, diagrams, stories, cartoons, review questions, case studies, and hands-on exercises to help make the learning process easy for all user levels,
    An excellent companion for @RISK for Project users!

About the author: Eric Uyttewaal, PMP is Executive Director, Microsoft EPM Division, International Institute for Learning, Inc (www.iil.com)


Managing Risk in Organizations
PAL No. 087, £29.50
J. Davidson Frame
Managing Risk in Organizations offers a proven framework for handling risks across all types of organisations. In this comprehensive resource, David Frame— a leading expert in risk management— examines the risks routinely encountered in business, offers prescriptions to assess the effects of various risks, and shows how to develop effective strategies to cope with risks. In addition, the book is filled with practical tools and techniques used by professional risk practitioners that can be readily applied by project managers, financial managers, and any manager or consultant who deals with risk within an organisation. Managing Risk in Organizations is filled with illustrative case studies and:

  • Outlines the various types of risk: pure, operational, project, technical, business, and political
  • Reveals what risk management can and cannot accomplish
  • Shows how to organise risk management efforts to conduct risk assessments, manage crises, and recover from disasters
  • Includes a systematic risk management process: risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative impact analysis, quantitative impact analysis, risk response planning, and monitoring control
  • Provides quantitative and qualitative tools to identify and handle risks
  • This much-needed book will enable organisations to take risk seriously and act proactively.

J. Davidson Frame is Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to joining UMT, he established the project management programme at George Washington University. He also served as director of the Project Management Certification Program at the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has served on PMI’s board of directors. Frame has authored more than forty articles and seven books.

Managing Risk in Organizations provides a compendium of information, techniques and tools for managing risk. It is essential reading for new managers and corporate analysts who deal with uncertainty.


Corporate Financial Risk Management
PAL No. 086, £33.99
Roy L. Nersesian
In Corporate Financial Risk Management, Roy L. Nersesian provides a straightforward, business-focused guide to understanding, modelling, and dealing with risk. The book provides real-world examples that use Microsoft Excel and Palisade’s @RISK for Excel, BestFit, and RISKOptimizer to model complex and highly uncertain business situations.

Risk factors beyond management control may mean the difference between profitability and financial catastrophe. The book provides strategies for dealing with day to day uncertainties of commodity pricing, currency exchange rates, borrowing interest rates, and the weather. Detailed examples of project financing, new product development, and price and sales volume variations are used as illustrations.

In most businesses risk analysis is assigned to specialists with advanced training and complex tools. Corporate Financial Risk Management opens up the field to anyone with moderate analysis and computer skills.

The book culminates with a novel cost-benefit analysis technique for modelling swaps (a contracted price stabilisation technique) as well as the use of insurance as a substitute for swaps. The use and power of Palisade’s @RISK for Excel, RISKOptimizer, and BestFit applications are well demonstrated and documented.

Written for anyone charged with analysing the economic opportunities and consequences associated with uncertain situations, Corporate Financial Risk Management provides readers with solid tactics, processes, and tools for analysing, managing, and profiting from financial risk. HC 223pp


Data Analysis for Managers
PAL No. 072, £64.95
Albright, Winston, Zappe
Data are everywhere today. Companies compile vast amounts of data, more than most people can keep up with. But unless that data is properly analysed for trends, patterns, or relationships, it is meaningless. Data Analysis for Managers is a very practical, clearly written book that demonstrates how to use various statistical methods to analyse data and uncover important information. Throughout the book, data analysis is emphasised in the context of making business decisions. You will not find a lot of highbrow, abstract theory in Data Analysis for Managers . Instead, you will find over 1,000 concise and plainly written case studies and exercises that cover all fields and are designed to be applied immediately to real life. And because Excel is the standard for today's business world, the book is based entirely on data analysis in Excel. The book also emphasises the use of StatTools for statistical analysis and today's most powerful risk and decision analysis toolkit, the DecisionTools Suite! You do not need a statistics background to use this book, only a casual knowledge of Excel. Armed with StatTools, the DecisionTools Suite and this book, you will be making better decisions in no time! HC, 952 pp.


Learning Statistics with StatTools
PAL No. 085, £35.00
Albright, S. Christian
Palisade's StatTools software brings unprecedented statistical power to Microsoft Excel. By combining robust statistical procedures, Excel's ease-of-use, and customisation capabilities, StatTools sets a new standard in statistical analysis. Learning Statistics with StatTools is written to help you get the most out of StatTools in a practical, straightforward manner.

Much more than a software reference manual, this book shows you how to apply statistics to problems you face. Each chapter discusses a logically grouped set of statistical procedures, grouped as they are in the StatTools menu structure. The author illustrates each procedure with a representative data set, explaining how StatTools can be used to analyse the data in an appropriate way. He even discusses the meaning of the StatTools output, just for those of you who need a refresher in basic statistics. After many of the sections, additional notes are provided about alternative StatTools possibilities or statistical details. Click here to read more about this book.

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