A corrupt government, a deadly killer on the loose and only one man standing in their way Seconded to the FBI, British policeman Steven Hunter is assigned to a bizarre case too complex for the local police. A body is discovered with a human femur driven through the top of its skull. Hunter must find out who killed them, and why. But someone high-up doesn’t want the case solved. Facing the deadliest test of his career, Hunter must stay one step ahead, uncover the killer and, somehow, stay alive... Part conspiracy, part manhunt, with an extraordinary twist, fans of David Baldacci, Chris Kuzneski and Scott Mariani will love Trade-Off, book one in The Steven Hunter Thrillers, previously published as written by Tom Kasey. ‘A knock-out thriller. Trade-Off will blow you away’ Matt Lynn, best-selling author of Death Force and Fire Force.
Trade-off and optimization if you remember anything, remember these two words. One thing that is unacceptable, the one thing that is deplorable, is how you don't go after what you want. Life is short, so it would behoove you to chase your goals, whether you attain them or not, but know there are consequences in doing so. This book explains the importance of chasing your goals despite repercussions because you only get one crack at an unfair life. Time is constantly moving, and because the tradeoff is unavoidable and omnipresent, it is encouraged you live life in pursuit of optimization. Life Is the Trade-Off is comprised of mini stories inspired by the author's personal experiences that will take you through the entire journey of life. Each story is told through your eyes, highlighting your trade-offs, as you wrestle to attain optimization and solace, in a world you will eventually know as wretched and unfavorable. You will learn that as you take one step forward, life will take you one step backward. And even when things appear promising, life will so cleverly find a way to turn your own positives against you.
Because Tampa Bay Water added new and diverse water sources to its supply mix recently, source rotation and production scheduling became more complex. To address this challenge, Tampa Bay Water developed and implemented a decision making process to aid annual water source rotation and planning decision making that is discussed in this report. A multi-attribute utility analytical (MUA) tool, named the Source Management and Rotation Technology Tool (SMARTT), was developed to evaluate water source planning alternatives. This provides a framework to assess water source combinations and assist policy makers in making effective decisions that meet water quality, environmental, social, operational and financial objectives. Includes some color pages and CD with literature review data.
Presents information to create a trade-off analysis framework for use in government and commercial acquisition environments This book presents a decision management process based on decision theory and cost analysis best practices aligned with the ISO/IEC 15288, the Systems Engineering Handbook, and the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge. It provides a sound trade-off analysis framework to generate the tradespace and evaluate value and risk to support system decision-making throughout the life cycle. Trade-off analysis and risk analysis techniques are examined. The authors present an integrated value trade-off and risk analysis framework based on decision theory. These trade-off analysis concepts are illustrated in the different life cycle stages using multiple examples from defense and commercial domains. Provides techniques to identify and structure stakeholder objectives and creative, doable alternatives Presents the advantages and disadvantages of tradespace creation and exploration techniques for trade-off analysis of concepts, architectures, design, operations, and retirement Covers the sources of uncertainty in the system life cycle and examines how to identify, assess, and model uncertainty using probability Illustrates how to perform a trade-off analysis using the INCOSE Decision Management Process using both deterministic and probabilistic techniques Trade-off Analytics: Creating and Exploring the System Tradespace is written for upper undergraduate students and graduate students studying systems design, systems engineering, industrial engineering and engineering management. This book also serves as a resource for practicing systems designers, systems engineers, project managers, and engineering managers. Gregory S. Parnell, PhD, is a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He is also a senior principal with Innovative Decisions, Inc., a decision and risk analysis firm and has served as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Parnell has published more than 100 papers and book chapters and was lead editor of Decision Making for Systems Engineering and Management, Wiley Series in Systems Engineering (2nd Ed, Wiley 2011) and lead author of the Handbook of Decision Analysis (Wiley 2013). He is a fellow of INFORMS, the INCOSE, MORS, and the Society for Decision Professionals.
A Fresh and Important New Way to Understand Why We Buy Why did the RAZR ultimately ruin Motorola? Why does Wal-Mart dominate rural and suburban areas but falter in large cities? Why did Starbucks stumble just when it seemed unstoppable? The answer lies in the ever-present tension between fidelity (the quality of a consumer’s experience) and convenience (the ease of getting and paying for a product). In Trade-Off, Kevin Maney shows how these conflicting forces determine the success, or failure, of new products and services in the marketplace. He shows that almost every decision we make as consumers involves a trade-off between fidelity and convenience–between the products we love and the products we need. Rock stars sell out concerts because the experience is high in fidelity-–it can’t be replicated in any other way, and because of that, we are willing to suffer inconvenience for the experience. In contrast, a downloaded MP3 of a song is low in fidelity, but consumers buy music online because it’s superconvenient. Products that are at one extreme or the other–those that are high in fidelity or high in convenience–-tend to be successful. The things that fall into the middle-–products or services that have moderate fidelity and convenience-–fail to win an enthusiastic audience. Using examples from Amazon and Disney to People Express and the invention of the ATM, Maney demonstrates that the most successful companies skew their offerings to either one extreme or the other-–fidelity or convenience-–in shaping products and building brands. From the Hardcover edition.
Release on 2001-10-01 | by Eric V. Clifton,H. L. Leon,Chorng-Huey Wong
Author: Eric V. Clifton,H. L. Leon,Chorng-Huey Wong
Pubpsher: International Monetary Fund
Category: Anti-inflationary policies
This paper examines the impact of the introduction of inflation targeting on the unemployment-inflation trade-off in OECD countries. Theoretical models suggest that the credibility-enhancing effects of the adoption of inflation targeting should cause an improvement in the unemployment-inflation trade-off, i.e., that reducing inflation by a given amount should occur with a smaller rise in unemployment. The empirical evidence examined for OECD countries adopting inflation targeting supports this hypothesis. Using a smooth transition regression model, it is shown that the improvement in this trade-off does not take place immediately after the adoption of inflation targeting; rather, it improves over time as the credibility of the central bank is established.
Release on 2014-11-25 | by Louise Maniscalco,Susan Rudin
Author: Louise Maniscalco,Susan Rudin
Pubpsher: Diversion Books
"With wit and sharp insight, the authors of THE TRADE OFF provide a behind-the-scenes peek at the Machiavellian world of a luxury Manhattan store, its executives, designers, clerks—and demanding socialite customers. Told in the knowing voice of the store’s ambitious shopping salon director, THE TRADE OFF is a fast-paced, entertaining read.” —Dr. Joyce Brown, President of Fashion Institute of Technology Go behind the window displays. Behind the racks. Two personal shoppers for Manhattan's biggest department stores have written a wildly dishy novel that goes behind the dressing rooms of New York’s fashion elite. At Frankel’s New York, the wives of billionaires and Hollywood celebrities sip champagne while stylists and tailors cater to every whim. And one person has made it her career to help these Amex-wielding shoppers create the perfect look. Bonnie Salerno Madden knows all of her client’s preferences, whims, and fantasies. She knows the price they paid to gain access to the salon where having Bonnie as their private shopper is a first-class ticket to being the toast of the New York high-fashion social scene. But while Bonnie is all elegance on the outside, she’s barely keeping it together on the inside. A single mom to a special needs child, she needs her high-pressure job to care for her family. And when that job is put in jeopardy, Bonnie will need to make some of the riskiest choices of her life to guarantee a better future for her son, and for herself. With the opportunity to live in her own fairy tale, will Bonnie have what it takes to make the trade off? “THE TRADE OFF is a riveting page-turner even for a non-shopper like me. The ultimate tale of New York life.”—David Patrick Columbia, newyorksocialdiary.com