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Maximizing Benefits from IT Project Management: From Requirements to Value Delivery (repost)

Maximizing Benefits from IT Project Management: From Requirements to Value Delivery (repost)

Maximizing Benefits from IT Project Management: From Requirements to Value Delivery by José López Soriano
English | 2011 | ISBN: 143984156X | 316 pages | PDF | 2 MB

With the majority of IT projects being delivered late, over budget, or cancelled altogether, it is clear that traditional project management methodologies do not provide an effective framework for today’s IT projects. It is evident that a new Return-on-Investment (ROI) oriented approach is required that focuses on the ROI of a project from its inception.

Maximizing Benefits from IT Project Management: From Requirements to Value Delivery provides comprehensive guidelines for determining an accurate ROI before the project has progressed to the point where it’s over budget and over-run. It applies an iterative approach to the entire project management life cycle that re-visits the ROI, re-assesses the value delivered, defines the project scope, and allows the project to be planned as successive iterations based on the value delivered.

This book details a systematic and simplified approach for effectively and efficiently selecting and evaluating IT projects for your organization. Filled with equations, tables, and figures that facilitate understanding, it explains how to evaluate subsequent success of a project so that it is simpler to manage, more efficient, and yields the ROI estimated at the outset. Using the novel approach outlined in the book, you will be able to deliver value throughout the project life cycle and make sure your projects are delivered on time, on budget, and within the constraints of the resources available.

Discretionary Justice: Pardon and Parole in New York from the Revolution to the Depression

Discretionary Justice: Pardon and Parole in New York from the Revolution to the Depression

Carolyn Strange, “Discretionary Justice: Pardon and Parole in New York from the Revolution to the Depression”
ISBN: 1479899925 | 2016 | EPUB / AZW3 | 299 pages | 1.21 / 1.12 MB

The pardon is an act of mercy, tied to the divine right of kings. Why did New York retain this mode of discretionary justice after the Revolution? And how did governors’ use of this prerogative change with the advent of the penitentiary and the introduction of parole? This book answers these questions by mining previously unexplored evidence held in official pardon registers, clemency files, prisoner aid association reports and parole records.

This is the first book to analyze the histories of mercy and parole through the same lens, as related but distinct forms of discretionary decision-making. It draws on governors’ public papers and private correspondence to probe their approach to clemency, and it uses qualitative and quantitative methods to profile petitions for mercy, highlighting controversial cases that stirred public debate. Political pressure to render the use of discretion more certain and less personal grew stronger over the nineteenth century, peaking during constitutional conventionsand reaching its height in the Progressive Era. Yet, New York’s legislators left the power to pardon in the governor’s hands, where it remains today.

Unlike previous works that portray parole as the successor to the pardon, this book shows that reliance upon and faith in discretion has proven remarkably resilient, even in the state that led the world toward penal modernity.

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From Sketch to Vector Art in Adobe Illustrator

From Sketch to Vector Art in Adobe Illustrator

From Sketch to Vector Art in Adobe Illustrator
MP4 | Video: AVC 1280×720 | Audio: AAC 44KHz 2ch | Duration: 40M | 431 MB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English

In most cases while working as a digital artist, you’ll start off with an idea, create a sketch of it, and then turn it into a finished vector illustration. In this short course, instructor Simona Pfreundner will show you how this can be done. You’ll learn how to prepare your sketch, create the main shapes to your illustration, add color and gradients, and then add some finishing touches. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to take your sketches to the next level!

From Sketch to Vector Art in Adobe Illustrator

The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun

The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun

The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun (Translations from the Asian Classics) by Wilt L. Idema
English | 2014 | ISBN: 0231165048 | 344 pages | EPUB | 18 MB

The early Chinese text Master Zhuang (Zhuangzi) is well known for its relativistic philosophy and colorful anecdotes. In the work, Zhuang Zhou ca. 300 B.C.E.) dreams that he is a butterfly and wonders, upon awaking, if he in fact dreamed that he was a butterfly or if the butterfly is now dreaming that it is Zhuang Zhou. The text also recounts Master Zhuang’s encounter with a skull, which praises the pleasures of death over the toil of living. This anecdote became popular with Chinese poets of the second and third century C.E. and found renewed significance with the founders of Quanzhen Daoism in the twelfth century.

The Quanzhen masters transformed the skull into a skeleton and treated the object as a metonym for death and a symbol of the refusal of enlightenment. Later preachers made further revisions, adding Master Zhuang’s resurrection of the skeleton, a series of accusations made by the skeleton against the philosopher, and the enlightenment of the magistrate who judges their case. The legend of the skeleton was widely popular throughout the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), and the fiction writer Lu Xun (1881–1936) reimagined it in the modern era. The first book in English to trace the development of the legend and its relationship to centuries of change in Chinese philosophy and culture, The Resurrected Skeleton translates and contextualizes the story’s major adaptations and draws parallels with the Muslim legend of Jesus’s encounter with a skull and the European tradition of the Dance of Death. Translated works include versions of the legend in the form of popular ballads and plays, together with Lu Xun’s short story of the 1930s, underlining the continuity between traditional and modern Chinese culture.