The automotive industry has shaped the modern world, as we know it. It is a major industrial and economic force worldwide. This fast-paced, versatile, challenging and highly innovative environment has grown far too complex to manage with the conventional project management methods. Without an objective road map and skilled project managers, automotive projects can often escalate and span multiple years.
This book review is dedicated to Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide, written by Jon M. Quigley and Roopa Jha Shenoy, which provides an in-depth look at project management in the automotive industry.
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Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide: The Idea Behind the Book
Who Is This Book For?
Why Do We Like Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide?
About the Authors
Project Management for Automotive Engineers represents a detailed guide for the methodical execution of the project and project delivery. It incorporates the principles of project management within the context of the automobile industry in a comprehensible sequence.
The book starts with an overview of managing the automotive projects, followed by the business case and product development models. Furthermore, the authors explore the vehicle subsystem and concept generation. The product development and process development aspects are followed by the product life cycle and testing.
One of the most valuable segments in this book are the writings in the design to ramp up production where the activities needed from the design board to production are presented. Project Management for Automotive Engineers gives an overview of the steps in the early production as well as the ones in the post-vehicle launch.
To conclude the project closure and the lessons learned from the authors are presented.
Overall, this book provides valuable advice for automotive engineers who need to manage large and complex projects prone to last-minute changes. However, the writings in Project Management for Automotive Engineers can be beneficial for professionals from other industries who need help with organizing ideas and managing continuous change.
Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide is a remarkably written book that outlines the entire experience of automotive production. The brilliance of this writing is that in a comprehensive way it will enable the readers to visualize the process of making and delivering an automobile for a large automotive company, without even having the experience in this area.
The ideas in this book are a much-needed useful reference not just for engineers in the automotive industry, but also for anyone who is interested to find out more about the automotive production processes.
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We hope that by reading this review, you will have a better understanding of how this book can be helpful for managing automotive projects.
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Jon M. Quigley is a principal of Value Transformation LLC. Value Transformation LLC is a product development training and cost improvement organization. Jon has more than twenty years of product development experience, ranging from embedded hardware and software through verification and project management. Jon has significantly improved product and process cost and quality.
Jon has won awards such as the Volvo-3P Technical Award in 2005 going on to win the 2006 Volvo Technology Award. Jon has secured seven US patents. Jon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from UNCC, an MBA in Marketing, and an MS in Project Management from the City University of Seattle. Jon has membership in SAE, Software Test Professional, AIAG and PMI (holding Project Management Professional Certification). Jon also has the CTFL certification from ISTQB.
Roopa Jha Shenoy is an Engineering Manager at Volvo Trucks North America. She is currently managing the Project Management Office for Cab Engineering. Prior to Engineering Management, Roopa was Chief Project Manager for multiple multi-million dollar projects. She has a Masters of Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Science Electrical Engineering from NC State University.
Her experience includes handling technical, operational, aftermarket commercial projects. She enjoys solving complex problems and analytical approaches to define issues. Roopa likes to mentor young professionals to counsel them in handling their career choices. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her two young kids.
This book review was written by Julijana Kekenovska