Eating the Elephant

Author: Alice Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781907324611


Page: 284

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Eating the IT Elephant

Moving from Greenfield Development to Brownfield

Author: Richard Hopkins,Kevin Jenkins

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780132704267

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 4097

A Practical, Start-to-Finish Approach to Managing, Evolving, and Transforming Legacy IT Systems For every IT executive, manager, architect, program leader, project leader, and lead analyst “Richard and Kevin introduce us to a reality that’s often neglected in our industry: the problem of evolving legacy systems, a domain they call ‘Brownfield development.’ The authors identify the root of the problem as that of complexity, and offer an approach that focuses on the fundamentals of abstraction and efficient communication to nibble at this problem of transformation bit by bit. As the old saying goes, the way you eat the elephant is one bite at a time. Richard and Kevin bring us to the table with knife and fork and other tools, and show us a way to devour this elephant in the room.” Grady Booch, IBM Fellow, co-creator of UML “Most organizations in the 21st century have an existing, complex systems landscape. It is time that the IT industry face up to the reality of the situation and the need for new development methods and tools that address it. This book describes a new approach to the development of future systems: a structured approach that recognizes the challenges of ‘Brownfield’ development, is based on engineering principles, and is supported by appropriate tooling.” Chris Winter, CEng CITP FBCS FIET, IBM Fellow, Member of the IBM Academy of Technology Most conventional approaches to IT development assume that you’re building entirely new systems. Today, “Greenfield” development is a rarity. Nearly every project exists in the context of existing, complex system landscapes--often poorly documented and poorly understood. Now, two of IBM’s most experienced senior architects offer a new approach that is fully optimized for the unique realities of “Brownfield” development. Richard Hopkins and Kevin Jenkins explain why accumulated business and IT complexity is the root cause of large-scale project failure and show how to overcome that complexity “one bite of the elephant at a time.” You’ll learn how to manage every phase of the Brownfield project, leveraging breakthrough collaboration, communication, and visualization tools--including Web 2.0, semantic software engineering, model-driven development and architecture, and even virtual worlds. This book will help you reengineer new flexibility and agility into your IT environment…integrate more effectively with partners…prepare for emerging business challenges… improve system reuse and value…reduce project failure rates…meet any business or IT challenge that requires the evolution or transformation of legacy systems. · System complexity: understand it, and harness it Go beyond the comforting illusion of your high-level architecture diagrams · How conventional development techniques actually make things worse Why traditional decomposition and abstraction don’t work--and what to do instead · Reliably reengineer your IT in line with your business priorities New ways to understand, communicate, visualize, collaborate, and solve complex IT problems · Cut the elephant down to size, one step at a time Master all four phases of a Brownfield project: survey, engineer, accept, and deploy
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Eating an Elephant

Write Your Life One Bite at a Time

Author: Patricia Charpentier

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0983238243

Category: Reference

Page: 164

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Write Your Life . . . give the gift of a lifetime Sharing tips from years of experience in teaching and writing personal history, Patricia Charpentier makes penning your life story an easy, fun and fascinating process. Don’t think you have the skills? Don’t know where to begin? Let the encouraging words and clear examples in Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time walk you through writing your life story one memory at a time. Inside you will discover how easy it is to get started divide your life into manageable bites generate story ideas bring people to life on the page create vivid descriptions turn memories into stories.
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How Do You Eat An Elephant? One Bite At A Time!

Author: Bill Hogan

Publisher: Llumina Press

ISBN: 9781595262042

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 96

View: 9481

How Do You Eat an Elephant? is a playful yet straightforward "how to" book of 30 principles every good manager must incorporate into his business.
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How to Eat an Elephant

Author: John Gilbert

Publisher: N.A


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

View: 8973

The enormous challenge of implementing Total Quality Management -- the continuous improvement of all aspects of an organisation -- has been likened in scale to the task of eating an elephant. It cannot be done with one bite, but requires the elephant to be divided into digestible slices. So too with Total Quality Management: implementing improvement in any organisation requires a step-by-step (or slice-by-slice) approach. This easy to read, practical and entertaining book details some 96 topics, or 'slices', essential for the successful introduction and maintenance of Total Quality Management and a Total Quality Culture in any organisation. READERSHIP: Students and organisations practising or introducing total quality management.
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Eating the chocolate elephant

take charge of change through total process management

Author: Mark D. Youngblood

Publisher: Goal Q P C Inc

ISBN: 9781571870025

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 335

View: 5508

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Eating the Elephant

Bite-Sized Steps to Achieve Long-Term Growth in Your Church

Author: Thom S. Rainer

Publisher: B & H Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780805461404

Category: Religion

Page: 209

View: 5378

Bite-sized steps to achieve long-term growth in your church. Effective techniques for creating sensitive change at a comfortable pace, especially for pastors of "traditional" churches.
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Tua and the Elephant

Author: R.P. Harris

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452116539

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 204

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Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has everything she needs at home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, except for one thing she's always wanted: a sister. In the market one day, Tua makes an accidental acquaintance—one with wise, loving eyes, remarkable strength, and a very curious trunk. And when Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it's clear this elephant needs her help. Together, the unusual team sets off on a remarkable journey to escape from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling night market to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and finally, to the sanctuary of an elephant refuge, this clever girl and her beloved companion find that right under their noses is exactly what each has been searching for: a friend.
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Eating the Elephant One Bite at a Time

52 Weekly Lessons in Leadership

Author: Brian Klemmer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781599510262

Category: Leadership

Page: 185

View: 8439

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The True History of the Elephant Man

The Definitive Account of the Tragic and Extraordinary Life of Joseph Carey Merrick

Author: Peter Ford,Michael Howell

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1626367728

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 241

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Due to horrible physical deformities, he spent much of his life as a fair-ground freak. He was hounded, persecuted, and starving, until his fortune changed and he was rescued, housed, and fed by the distinguished surgeon, Frederick Treves. The subject of several books, a Broadway hit, and a film, Joseph Merrick has become part of popular mythology. Here, in this fully revised edition containing much fresh information, are the true and unromanticized facts of his life.
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Ants Among Elephants

Author: Sujatha Gidla

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911547204


Page: N.A

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The Elephant in the Brain

Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Author: Kevin Simler,Robin Hanson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190495995

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

View: 894

"This book exposes our unconscious selfish motives, those we're reluctant to discuss or even think about. These motives drive our body language, laughter, and conversation, as well as venerated institutions like art, school, charity, medicine, politics, and religion"--
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I Love My New Toy!

Author: Mo Willems

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781406314717

Category: Friendship

Page: 57

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Willems's series about the friendship between an optimistic--and sometimes reckless--pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant named Gerald continues. Piggie can't wait to show Gerald her new toy, but will an accidentally broken toy break a friendship? Full color.
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The Elephant Scientist

Author: Caitlin O'Connell,Donna M. Jackson

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547053444

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 70

View: 4163

Describes the work and observations of American scientist Caitlin O'Connell during her studies of the African elephant in Etosha National Park in Nambia.
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Is That an Elephant in My Fridge?

Author: Caroline Crowe

Publisher: Scholastic UK

ISBN: 1407173820


Page: 32

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When Fred can't sleep, his mum suggests counting sheep. But sheep are boring so he decides to count elephants instead! In no time at all the house is full of elephants! They are splashing in the bathtub, doing tricks on the landing, eating everything in the fridge - there's even a marching band on the stairs! Fred realises he'll never get to sleep with all these noisy elephants causing mayhem, so he comes up with a cunning plan to persuade them to pack their trunks. This fun-filled picture book is perfect to share at bedtime!
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Death and the Elephant

How Cancer Saved My Life

Author: Raz Shaw

Publisher: Unbound Publishing

ISBN: 1783524782

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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My life had been going nowhere. Until I was diagnosed with cancer. 12 June 1995. On his twenty-eighth birthday, Raz Shaw was a directionless gambling addict doing a telesales job that was eating up every trace of what soul he had left. The next day he would be diagnosed with stage 4 sclerosing mediastinal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the large cell type. As he tells it, cancer saved his life. He was given the all-clear in March 1996, and stopped gambling for good that April. After a year away recuperating, he turned his back on the highly paid job that had devoured him and re-assimilated himself into the world of theatre that had once made him feel so alive. It took him a long time to realise quite how much these recoveries were bound up with one another – now he is ready to tell his story. Death and the Elephant is a memoir of living through and beyond illness and addiction. Blessed with the ability to find humour even in life’s darkest moments, Raz charts his struggles with irreverence and unflinching perspective. This is his story, but it’s also a universal one – an honest, funny, sometimes raw, and often inappropriate glimpse into the mind of a young man dealing with a life-threatening illness in the only way he knows how: by laughing in its face.
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A Perfectly Natural History

Author: Bill Schutt

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616207434

Category: Science

Page: 352

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“Surprising. Impressive. Cannibalism restores my faith in humanity.” —Sy Montgomery, The New York Times Book Review For centuries scientists have written off cannibalism as a bizarre phenomenon with little biological significance. Its presence in nature was dismissed as a desperate response to starvation or other life-threatening circumstances, and few spent time studying it. A taboo subject in our culture, the behavior was portrayed mostly through horror movies or tabloids sensationalizing the crimes of real-life flesh-eaters. But the true nature of cannibalism--the role it plays in evolution as well as human history--is even more intriguing (and more normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact. In Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History,zoologist Bill Schutt sets the record straight, debunking common myths and investigating our new understanding of cannibalism’s role in biology, anthropology, and history in the most fascinating account yet written on this complex topic. Schutt takes readers from Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, where he wades through ponds full of tadpoles devouring their siblings, to the Sierra Nevadas, where he joins researchers who are shedding new light on what happened to the Donner Party--the most infamous episode of cannibalism in American history. He even meets with an expert on the preparation and consumption of human placenta (and, yes, it goes well with Chianti). Bringing together the latest cutting-edge science, Schutt answers questions such as why some amphibians consume their mother’s skin; why certain insects bite the heads off their partners after sex; why, up until the end of the twentieth century, Europeans regularly ate human body parts as medical curatives; and how cannibalism might be linked to the extinction of the Neanderthals. He takes us into the future as well, investigating whether, as climate change causes famine, disease, and overcrowding, we may see more outbreaks of cannibalism in many more species--including our own. Cannibalism places a perfectly natural occurrence into a vital new context and invites us to explore why it both enthralls and repels us.
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