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Brilliant Project Management

What The Best Project Managers Know, Do and Say!

Projects - and Project managers - are failing at an alarming rate. In the IT industry only 24% of projects succeed according to the Government Office of Commerce. Railtrack and the upgrade of the NHS are high profile examples of large project failures. And there are plenty of low-profile examples available too - as any viewer of Channel 4’s “Property Ladder” programme will confirm.

In an ever growing market, Brilliant Project Management stands out from the crowd. This revised edition is part of the high profile Brilliant series and the first edition redefined the mould for books in this category. Through its engaging and entertaining approach, Brilliant Project Management does more than just talk you through the process. It provides practical advice and techniques taken from people’s experience in the real world so you always know exactly what to do and say to make your project a success. Brilliant Project Management - What The Best Project Managers Know, Do and Say!

Brilliant Project Management highlights the areas where your actions and behaviours will make the difference between failure, an average outcome, and a huge success. Whether you’re always behind schedule and fighting to catch up, haven’t a clue where to start, or simply want your projects to be more successful, this book will teach you simple and effective techniques to leading successful projects every time.

The Author says: In this book we've distilled down what we think it takes to be a brilliant project manager. We've drawn on the good, the bad and the ugly - and the eccentric. But above all, we've thought long and hard about what we've learned from rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty. Between us we've got over thirty years of Barker and Cole hands-on project management experience. That's plenty of time to learn lessons at the school of hard knocks!

Our advice has been packaged up as a guide book to project management. You can dip into the topics that interest you most, or read it from cover to cover. Like any guide book, we've had to be selective about the subjects we explore. However, we've focussed our attention on what you'll find of most practical use and can immediately apply. We'll show you the tricks of the trade and the traps to avoid. Best of all, this advice is tried and tested in the real world of project management. We've got plenty to say about both the traditional project management topics, as well as the people side of the job that often gets overlooked. Project managers don't just struggle with the intricacies of plans and risk logs, they struggle with people too!

 
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Gaining the Edge in Pork and Poultry Production

Gaining the Edge in Pork and Poultry Production Enhancing Efficiency Quality and Safety by J.A. Taylor-Pickard Editor, P. Spring
How to Enhance Efficiency, Quality and Safety

Global pork and poultry production has become an extremely competitive industry. There is more pork consumed in the world than any other meat and intense competition to attract and retain customers. Consumers continue to demand safe, high quality pigmeat and poultry products at competitive prices compared to other high protein food alternatives.
To ensure sustainability of both the pig and poultry industries, producers must endeavour to seek new technologies to improve production efficiency whilst lowering the cost of production and producing a quality product. This edited collection of articles is from a series of seminars by the world's leading authorities in the field of swine and poultry nutrition and production.
The fundamental theme is to re-examine the current trends in productivity within the pig and poultry industries, and to identify nutritional and managerial means to improve competitiveness as well as the quality of the end product. The importance of animal health together with novel strategies for disease control and ways to minimise the environmental impact of pig and poultry production are covered. The book is aimed at pig unit managers, consultants, nutritionists and animal producers as well as students and researchers studying livestock and applied biological sciences.

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Barns - Pens - Stocking Density - Ventilation Rates - Air Filtration

 

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The Basics of Pig-Housing

Excellent practical guide for new pig-keepers or small-scale hobby-farmers. The author brings 27 years experience to expert advice. How to handle pigs, buy pigs, house them , feed them, diagnose illness and make some extra money. Plus how to produce the best pork and sausages you are ever likely to taste!

Includes a unique up-to-date review of the UK and EU laws and regulations affecting pig-keepers of any size unit. Also a history of pig breeds and pig husbandry, funny anecdotes, witty pictures & personal stories of swine-care "disaster management"!

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*FREE FACTSHEET on Ventilation Systems, Humidity Problems & Airflow Patterns: download (.PDF 405Kb)
Livestock buildings need to draws in fresh air and remove stale air containing microbes, dust, harmful gases and water vapour. Inefficient ventilation is detrimental to pig and staff performance on hot days and costs more to run.

 

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Pigs - The Tropical Agriculturalist: Pigs Revised Illustrated Paperback

Pigs: The Tropical Agriculturalist
Revised Illustrated Paperback Manual

Part of a series of practical field guides and textbooks for hot climates - startup or experienced farmers and farm managers, pig production extension officers, agricultural diploma, degree and vocational students, industry advisors, teachers and lecturers, reference library, international rural and community development programmes in equatorial countries.

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Build It DIY Projects for Farmers, Smallholders & Gardeners - polytunnel, beehives, chicken arks and runs, gates, hurdles and fencing, cloches, dog kennel, feed bins, a heat pump installation, a heated orphan lamb feeder, incubator, nesting boxes, renewable energy projects, solar panels
"Build It! DIY Projects for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners"

Using recycled materials where ever possible, Joe Jacobs Build provides step-by-step instructions for over 50 DIY projects for both inside and outside the barns of the farm or smallholding. Former engineer Joe Jacobs guides you through the equipment, the tools, the materials and the plans to provide you with clear instructions, inspiration and plenty of ideas. The projects include a polytunnel, beehives, chicken arks and runs, gates, hurdles and fencing, cloches, dog kennel, feed bins, a heat pump installation, a heated orphan lamb feeder, incubator, nesting boxes and renewable energy projects including solar panels and plenty more, making this an essential book for any keen DIY enthusiast with a basic knowledge of construction.
A review in "Landworker Newspaper" commented "This is an uncomplicated and enthusiastic guide encouraging people to build all sorts of projects, many would think beyond their capabilities. Don't expect blueprints with a detailed description of each and every step fully explained, but rather excellent simplified instructions and diagrams, which are easier to follow and adapt than more complex works. This is the book's strength. The author has an easy-going and humorous writing style, so it's not like an instruction book which can be very dry reading. I liked the up-to-date references and particularly the references to internet sites: indeed, throughout the book, the author tells you where to look for more information. It is inspiration in its approach and even demystifies the complex subjects of renewable energy and water conservation projects with a practical, common sense approach. The price of the book is very quickly recovered with the helpful tips and practical advice Joe offers.

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*FREE POSTER on Cleaning and Disinfecting Pig Pens: download (.PDF 361kb)
Thorough cleansing and disinfection procedures for pig housing are an effective way to break the on-farm cycle of re-infection with infectious swine diseases which can occur on "pig sick" land and buildings. Disease challenge to healthy incoming stock can be minimised by reducing the number and range of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, parasites) to which they will be exposed before they have overcome the stress of moving. This flyer includes a list of approved disinfectants.

Housing Systems - The Pros & Cons of Loose Confinement Practices

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"How to Build Animal Housing: 60 Plans for Coops, Hutches, Barns, Sheds, Pens, Feeders, Stanchions and More"How to Build Animal Housing: 60 Plans for Coops Hutches Barns Sheds Pens Nestboxes Feeders Stanchions and Much More by Carol Ekarius
How to Build Animal Housing is the most comprehensive and useful guide of its kind. For small-scale farmers, hobby farmers, do-it-yourselfers, and animal lovers, this book is indispensable. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in animal health and welfare.

Includes complete plans and step-by-step, illustrated instructions for sheds, coops, hutches, multipurpose barns, and economical easy-to-build windbreaks and shade structures. Ekarius covers new high-tech, portable structures made of plastics and fabrics, such as hoop houses and hen spas, as well as more traditional alternatives, such as straw-bale structures. Always practical, she enumerates the advantages and disadvantages of ready-to-build kits and modular barnyard buildings and includes designs for watering systems, feeders, chutes, stanchions, and more--the essentials that help owners keep their animals healthy and happy. Ekarius wisely emphasizes the importance of careful planning, choosing an appropriate housing site, and complying with local zoning regulations; pest control, basic housing maintenance, and insurance costs are also discussed. Real-world advice from farmers and veterinarians on the types of housing and facilities animals like best enliven the text throughout.

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Build It! with Pallets - chairs, tables, fences, gates, chicken arks, planters, sheds, decking, cladding
"Build It!....with Pallets"

Often found abandoned at the back of factories, at dumps or even in skips, the humble pallet, for many practically minded people, represents a huge source of inspiration as well as a challenge. When skilfully broken down into timber and smartened up, they can be re-fashioned into beautiful chairs, tables, fences, gates, chicken arks, planters, sheds, decking, cladding and many other functional items. "Build It!...With Pallets", part of the "Build It!" series, illustrates the very best techniques for breaking down the pallets safely. The author then discusses the best ways to refurbish the wood and provides over 20 plans for tables, fences, chairs, planters and other items of indoor and outdoor furniture. This book is the ideal companion for those who views towers of pallets not as an eyesore but as an inspiration and an economical source of wood, making them the ultimate recycling solution. Engineer Joe Jacobs has a smallholding and a pig farm in Yorkshire U.K. He is a regular contributor to Home Farmer magazine and is the author of the best-selling book, "Build It!" (see above).

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