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The Management Survival Manual for Engineers

1st Edition

By Ronald H. Hermone

CRC Press

176 pages

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Hardback: 9780849326837
pub: 1998-05-20

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Although engineers receive an outstanding technical education, their success in today's organization demands knowledge of how to put that education to work. The Management Survival Manual for Engineers provides this information, creating the bridge between the world of science and the working organization. The text discusses the management of technology within the organization, the management of the engineering department, and the management of engineering projects through technical approaches and personnel aspects.

The Management Survival Manual for Engineers introduces the engineer to basic management of engineering, encouraging essential leadership and managerial philosophies. The book acts as a primary resource for engineers moving into managerial areas as opposed to technological ones. It addresses a multitude of topics, enabling the reader to grasp general concepts before addressing more specific concepts.

Topics include:

  • Examining the inter-organizational behavior, procedures, and policies required to work in formal organizations.

  • Identifying the required knowledge of leadership

  • Outlining the principles for effective communication skills

  • Determining the responsibilities of the organization and engineering manager for preparing the new engineer entering the organization

  • Introducing how engineering functions in the organization

  • Forming a basic understanding for project management

  • Describing the transition from new engineer to supervisor

    The Management Survival Manual for Engineers emphasizes an understanding of people, the organization, and management as opposed to technology - serving engineers entering the engineering field as well as those engineers moving into project management for the first time.

  • Reviews

    "This book can help make [the move from a technical position into a managerial role] effective and rewarding for both the new manager and the company…very enlightening and informative, with some very good guidelines…Even engineers not in a management position could benefit from the communication skills and team organizational skills taught by the author."

    -IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Sept/Oct 1999

    Table of Contents

    Managing Engineering

    The Role of the Manager

    Role of Engineering in the Organization's Technology

    Engineering Objectives

    Developing Engineering Organizational Structure

    Concurrent Engineering

    Selecting Engineering Projects

    Project Management - Planning, Estimating, Scheduling, and Projects

    Developing the Project Scope

    Vision Statements

    Work Breakdown Structures

    Developing Time and Costs for Each Activity

    Developing the Critical Path

    Interrelationship of Project Objectives

    Reducing the Time Required to Complete the Project

    Scheduling the Project

    Managing and Controlling the Project

    Project Control

    Bringing the Project Back on Schedule

    Reducing Project Costs

    Managing Scope and Technical Objectives

    Post Project Reviews

    Planning, Controlling, and Reporting

    Communications: Sending and Receiving Information

    The Basic Communication Model


    Facilitating Communication


    Personal Reference Point

    Their Messages

    Getting Your Message Across - Results

    Visualizing the Receiver

    Developing the Message Mode

    Effective Speaking Principles

    More Important Messages

    Persuading - Overcoming Resistance



    Leadership Style Options

    Choosing a Leadership Style

    Requirements of Leaders

    The Dilemmas of Project Managers

    Action Orientation

    Non-Leader - Theory X Individual - Non-Team Player

    Leader - Theory Y Individual - Team Player

    Conducting Project Team Meetings

    The Chairperson's Role




    Pre-Meeting Activities

    Conducting Consensus Meetings

    Team Meeting Evaluation

    The Facilitator's Job - How It Is Being Said

    The Use of Body Language

    Disruptive Meeting Attenders

    Negative Meeting Communication Techniques

    Constructive Meeting Techniques

    Listening - The Under-Utilized Skill

    Stimulating Dialogue

    Naysaying - Why It Won't Work

    Maintaining Momentum While the Team Develops

    Getting Involvement - Developing Empowerment

    Resolving Professional Differences

    Sources of Conflict

    Strategies for Handling Differences

    Going for the Win/Win

    Discipline - A Hidden Factor

    The Practice of Rewarding

    Developing Excellence

    Rewarding the Team

    Self Proficiency - Self Management - Self Actualization

    Problem Causes

    Emotional Resolution

    Ready Aim Fire

    Reasons for Not Making the Decision

    Evaluating Alternatives and Making Decisions

    Reducing Risk in the Decision Making Process

    Implementing the Decision

    Time Management - The Other Professional Determination

    Managing and Supervising Engineers

    The Role of the Supervisor

    Frustrations of First Line Engineering Managers

    Making the Transition into Management

    Performance Appraisals and Reviews

    Performance Problems

    Dealing with a Specific Problem

    Professional Orientation and Training


    10 Rules for Dealing with People

    Survey Results

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Manufacturing