The game of baseball and all it’s glory

The early games of the 1920’2-1950’s was the purist form of the game in all aspects, the battle that goes on between the lines from each pitch to every at bat. The symmetry of 3, 3 bases, 3 outs, 3 strikes, 3-outfielders, 9-innings which is divisible by three and is split up in 3 sections of three on a 9 inning scoreboard. How it all fits, I don’t think there is a true explanation, but that in it is art, and that is what makes the game so beautiful.

However, there is no way in hell you can compare the stats and accomplishments of the early game to the one played today! I’m not saying that there should be an asterisk next to the new records, but if you are reading a baseball record book, you have to appreciate how the records where originally set and the way the game was managed, the equipment and the fields. Back in the 1950’s, the Fields were bigger, the bat’s didn’t have a lot of pop, the balls where not as tight, players were smaller and the salary’s where not making them rich! Baseball Players played the game because they had a true passion and a love for the sport.
I’m not saying that great players today do not have a passion for the sport, but you have to understand that over the last 25 years, The stadiums have become smaller, the balls have been wound tighter, the bat has more pop and the players have doubled in size! The fans that notice whether or not a pitcher is tipping off his pitches, or if a batter dipped on a curve ball, the people who pay attention to every stat like it is the bible never even blinked when the fields shrank and the players grew.
What did that do to the sport? It changed the dynamics, probabilities and scores. Then the steroid issue came about, hall of fame players were singled out and baseball was tainted because a lot of the super stars were cheaters in a game that all of us hold so dear to our heart. We were so upset & furious! This beautiful symmetrical game of three’s started to crumble…but games still went on, and families still went to the ballpark…why? Because baseball is America’s Favorite Pastime! It’s as American as hot apple pie, Baseball was around during WWI and WWII and it gave American’s something to believe in during a horrible time, it was around during the depression, during the attacks on September 11 and it is still around today. Only today, is a little different…. it’s a little more balanced again. I think the game needed to have that hit from the steroid issue to regain its symmetry and balance within American culture.

Over the last 5 years there hasn’t been one team that has over dominated every year in the World Series…Since the fall of the New York Yankee Dynasty after the Red Sox overcame their curse and beat them repeatedly, there has been a different team every year: Phillies, Angels, White Sox, Giants…and it’s shown it’s true side that it truly is anybody’s game until the last out in the last inning.
This game, The game of baseball that we American’s love so much is part of our heritage, some of us play, some of us watch, some of us listen…but we all appreciate the wonderful game of baseball!

Program evaluation & review techniques…

…can help us figure out how much time is needed to complete the project. PERT has the ability to monitor and evaluate the changes within the schedule. By using PERT the project manager can determine whether or not the project will be completed within the scheduled time frame by developing alternative plans. This style of cost and schedule control also allows a huge amount of sophisticated data to be presented in a manner that contractors and customers can view and understand it, while making joint decisions. This process is a vital to management planning and acts as a great control tool. (Kerzner)
Some of the positive aspects of utilizing PERT are that it cuts project cost and time and it coordinates the schedule while it expedites planning and eliminates the idle time. This process provides better scheduling and control of subcontractors and their activities. PERT can develop effective troubleshooting procedures while cutting time required for routine decision making.

Scope Definition and Work Breakdown Structure

The two most important components are the Scope Definition and the Work Breakdown Structure, or WBS, for controlling and managing a successful project. These two components will be used throughout your entire project to ensure that all your work gets completed. They will act as control mechanisms throughout the project to ensure the success of the project.

Every project starts with a Scope Statement. The Scope Statement is then elaborated on by the Scope Definition. The Scope Definition divides the Scope Statement into major deliverables. These major deliverables are then broken down into the WBS. The WBS is a complete checklist of all the work that must be done so the project can be completed successfully. High-level categories of work are broken down into activities or tasks. Activities or tasks are then further broken down so you can assign a reasonable level of work effort to each activity or task. Many project management professionals use the 80-hour rule.

You can then apply resources, dates, and cost and assign an estimate to your activities or tasks once you have created the WBS. Some of the more common estimating techniques are Analogous (Top Down), Delphi (Bottom Up), and Program Evaluation and Review Technique (P.E.R.T.). Project management models utilize these estimating techniques to improve the accuracy of initial work effort estimates to shrink the variance gap between baselines and actual schedule and cost.

To ensure that you assign a reasonable estimate to your activities or tasks, you must make sure that they result in a deliverable and show action. For example, if part of the scope is to create End User training documentation then having a WBS item stating “End User Training Documentation” does not supply the action involved in that activity. A better alternative is to break down the WBS in a manner that ensures a more accurate estimate and understanding of the activity or task. A better alternative would be “Identify End User Training Requirements,” “Create initial draft of training manual,” and so forth. You need not worry about sequencing the activities or tasks at this time. The immediate concern is to ensure that all the activities and tasks are included. Sequencing will be done in a future level when you create the Activity Network Diagram.