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The objective of TECHNIMANAGEMENT is to present proven principles of human nature in a logical way so that technical managers can:
TECHNIMANAGEMENT presents management principles directed at technical organizations.
Technical organizations are different, and anyone who tries to manage them without understanding those differences will fail. Most managers need to change both their own approach and their organization's direction. But here's the good news: The necessary techniques are grounded firmly on principles of human nature -- you can build an environment that's not only productive, it's also healthy and enjoyable.
TECHNIMANAGEMENT synthesizes the best thinking in technical management, and shows what works and what doesn't in rewards, motivation, control theory, Theory Y, The Peter Principle, TQM, Deming's 14 Obligations and other approaches. Best of all, a step- by-step transition strategy is outlined that offers immediate payoffs and leads to long-term change that's more than skin deep.
TECHNIMANAGEMENT relies on permanent solutions, not quick fixes. Traditional management is oriented toward finding the silver bullet that solves a crisis, and then moving on to the next crisis. But what about the organization itself? Is it bureaucratic? Flabby? Does it drain the motivation and joy from your best people? Reform the organization, liberate its people and you won't have all those crises. Examples of the basic approach include:
The best part is that each positive step you take increases creativity and productivity, so once you start the transition, the principles of technimanagement will reinforce themselves.
By its very nature, technimanagement is an open ended, continuously improving philosophy of technical management which must adapt to the improving environment which it creates. The author is vitally interested in obtaining your thoughts on this philosophy and producing an updated manuscript based upon your experiences in applying these principles. Please e-mail these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also available for trainers and academics is the STUDENT GUIDE, which is available for browsing and downloading. You may download either the ascii version of the manual or the WordPerfect version of the manual from the Computer Science Department's ftp server in the pub/technimanagement directory. An INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL containing a complete set of answers to all questions and discussions of all cases, is also available to authorized individuals.
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