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PM's FAQ about System Engineering

Musings on Project Management

A lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not too stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering? Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineering

How Does the LiquidPlanner Scheduling Engine Work?


Here’s what makes LiquidPlanner different from other project management tools on our market: our scheduling engine. If you want more of the technical details, CTO and co-founder Jason Carlson talks about how the scheduling engine was built—in two takes, mind you!—and What to learn more about how our cool scheduling engine works? And why is that? appeared first on LiquidPlanner.

Systems Engineering and Software Intensive System of Systems

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But in technical systems - engineered technical systems - the system has to work when commanded to do so. This is the domain of Systems Engineering, that many times is based on the principles of Ackoff and others like him. Systems Engineering: Coping with Complexity , Richard Stevens, Peter Brook, Ken Jackson, and Stuart Arnold. INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook - membership needed. This is the professional society for Systems Engineers. INCOSE has a Systems Engineering Journal as well with papers speaking to software development complexities .

Engineering brillance, but not a visionary

Musings on Project Management

I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer," Torvalds says. Here's a good TED talk as an interview with Linus Torvalds, the geek of geeks, and inventor of LINUX and Git Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. "I I'm perfectly happy with all the. human factors

Systems, Systems Engineering, Systems Thinking

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Systems Engineering: Coping with Complexity, Richard Stevens, Peter Brook, Ken Jackson, Stuart Arnold. A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering, 2nd Edition, David Long and Zane Scott. On our morning ride, the conversation came around to Systems. Some of our group or like me - a techie - a few others are business people in finance and ops. Jay W. Forrester. Systems Theory

Thinking: it's about systems first

Musings on Project Management

planning system engineeringI've pointed to "Thinking in Systems: a primer" by D. Meadows in prior posts, and here I go again, largely because I think she's offered a lot that is useful to managers of all stripes, not just systems people. But, there's traps! Here's an abridged list of 'traps' she cautions against, a list of ills we should all be cautious about: Success to the successful If the winners of a.

What is Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

Jez Lister

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process that results in a website appearing higher up the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) on sites such as Google, Yahoo etc. Therefore, in order to attract the attention of the search engines, we must ensure that our key words and phrases actually appear on the website. This is also used in some search engines in the search results.

The requisite law of variety

Musings on Project Management

agile Risk Management system engineeringNow, this could be a bit stuffy: "The Requisite Law of Variety" But actually, it's an interesting concept to consider, to wit: Essential Elements (E): these are outcomes, results, or other artifacts that you want to have some control over, even if you are Agile Disturbances (D): these are events or actions that impact E. usually there are a lot of these! Regulation (R) or controls: these.

Timing is not everything

Musings on Project Management

decision game theory Statistics system engineering"Just because something happens after something else happens doesn't mean it happens because something else happened Show me your data Show me your assumptions Tell me what questions you asked Tell me why you didn't ask other questions" From the TED Radio Hour, "Big Data". So, what we have here is the tyranny of the "Three Cs" * Coincidence, perhaps better written as co-incident to.

Weight of evidence

Musings on Project Management

Bayes decision risk decision system engineeringIf you are into risk assessments, you may find yourself evaluating the data Evaluating the data usually means testing its applicability with a hypothesis. The process usually cited in project management chapters about risk is this: A hypothesis is formed. And then the evidence against the hypothesis—observable data—is evaluated. If the evidence.

Fault and Root Cause Analysis

Musings on Project Management

Naturally, risk system engineeringFARCA -- Fault and Root Cause Analysis -- is what you do when you've got observations and symptoms of outcomes, but no real supporting explanation of the underlying causes and failure modes. Every PMO admonishes: Don't act on symptoms! Get to the 'facts'. Find out what's causing this And thus: deductive analysis*. When you've got the answer; now you must discover the question.

What is this Monte Carlo thing?

Musings on Project Management

Project Management Statistics system engineeringFor many years, I've preached the benefits of the Monte Carlo simulation (MCS). For many reasons, it's superior to other analysis paradigms. In network analysis, for instance, it handles the parallel join or 'gate' as no other method will. In fact, it's this very capability that renders the Monte Carlo superior to other risk adjusted ideas, like the PERT method in scheduling. PERT suffers.

The 15 commandments of safety-critical software

Musings on Project Management

Thou shalt adopt a fundamentally Project Management system engineeringThe following is borrowed unashamedly from Matthew Squair at Critical Uncertainties: "Herewith, are the 15 commandments for thine safety critical software as spoken by the machine god unto his prophet Hermann Kopetz. Thou shalt regard the system safety case as thy tabernacle of safety and derive thine critical software failure modes and requirements from it.

Lessons on architecture

Musings on Project Management

architecture system engineeringI love architecture, though I'm not an architect, and never studied architecture. Of course, I love system architecture, which is both different from building and construction per se, and identical -- because a building is a system, just as any other such integrated structure is a system. Frank Gehry is one of Canada-America's more esteemed architects. He does projects around the world.

Project Management CV – Writing in the First Person

Arras People

I have proven experience in the successful delivery of various projects across a number of industries including IT, Railway Engineering and Public Affairs. One of the most common things I see in a project management CV that jumps out straightaway and tells me that the rest of the CV might not be all that great is the use of the first person in the profile. which ones?>

Quote of the Day

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A New Engineering Profession is Emerging: Decision Coach," IEEE Engineering Management Review , Vol. If you can't explain what you are doing as a process, then you don't know what you are doing - Deming. Process is the answer to the question How do we do things around here? All organizations should have a widely accepted Process for making decisions. "A 44, No. Quotes

2 ways to Perform Critical Path Analysis

PM by PM

Critical Path Analysis Using 0 and 1 Method I am a software engineer by education. I learned project management while managing software projects. I got introduced to MS Project and Critical Path Analysis in year 1997. In fact, I learned about Critical Path while using MS Project. MS Project, like many other scheduling tools, performs […].

Using Kanban in Marketing


Of course, we use Swiftkanban for prioritizing and working on specific marketing deliverables, as also to collaborate with other functions such as UI and Engineering! Marketing depends on a number of other functions such as UI/ UX, Engineering and Sales for planning and doing its work. where we have a bunch of powerful tools! That is when I heard the name of “Kanban”. Our Cadences.

Tom Peters and Soft Skills

Zen Project Management

He began the talk with his experience coming out of college with an engineering degree. I recently had the opportunity to hear Tom Peters speak and I have to say that even at the age of 71, he still has a lot of energy and passion. He found the math and science classes did little to prepare him for the real world, the people part of the equation, or the “all important last 99%” of being successful. It’s the soft skills that are hard, the people and relationship skills but that’s not what is the focus of education. Again, sounds like the idea popular in agile circles about failing fast.

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Excellent Finalists and Winners of IPMA Awards 2016 have been decorated by IPMA


Bronze: SSR International Airport Expansion Project, China State Construction Engineering Corp. Managing projects and programs often means dealing with ever-increasing complexity and volatility. Project and program managers together with their teams are required to give their best to achieve the desired outcomes for stakeholders, organizations or society. Best Practices Featured IPMA

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

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Believing is Seeing: Confirmation Bias Studies in Software Engineering, “Magne Jørgensen and Efi Papatheocharous, 41st Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA). Release Planning & Buffered MoSCoW Rules,” Dr. Eduardo Miranda Institute for Software Research ASSE 2013 ‐ 14th Argentine Symposium on Software Engineering / 42 JAIIO (Argentine Conference on Informatics) September 16th, 2013, Cordoba, Argentina. Software quality measurement,” Magne Jørgensen, Advances in Engineering Software 30 (1999) 907–912. He knew that answer.

“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”


I recently attended a keynote from Sue Gardner, she was the executive director for WikiPedia as it rapidly grew from 8 to 200 engineers. Does this question sound familiar? If you get asked it regularly then you may be part of the mainstream transformation from software projects to products. The “When will you be done?” issue. When are you people going to be finished?” Uber disrupting taxis.

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Managing and working in Project Society


Examples of PBOs include consulting firms, creative and design agencies as well as architecture and civil engineering firms. Many surveys proof the fact, that we experience an increasing number and importance of projects in our society. Are we on our way into “Project Society”? The answer is clearly yes, argue the authors of the book “Managing and working in Project Society”.

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Advice – Downturn in the Oil & Gas Industry

Arras People

“ I’ve been working in the Oil and Gas industry for a while as a cost engineer but I’m concerned about the downturn in the industry. Any advice on how to make a move away from this industry?” Your existing experience should suit these industries perfectly already so that should be the first area for you to research. or finance. Find out more. Got a question?

Starting a Young Crew in Algeria with IPMA TAP-Training Aid Programme


While Algiers was hosting at the same time an important OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) conference to agree on quota of oil production, a couple of miles away 20 young Algerian engineers, architects and economists teamed up to solve business cases and prove their project management talent. This is not obvious for various reasons. En avant Young Crew !!

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Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Daedalus and Icarus


The name “Daedalus” refers to what we nowadays call an “Engineer”. Thus, analyse the risks and stick to the advice given by the “engineers” who know best the limitations of their inventions. With this article we continue a series of pioneers and projectors to learn from. Projector” is a term introduced by Daniel Defoe in “An Essay upon Projects” (1697). There is always “a way out”.

Podcast 76 – Tips for agile project management

Fix my Project Chaos

Let’s talk about: tips for agile project management Shane Hastie is Chief Knowledge Engineer & Agile Practise Lead at Software Education & specialises in agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements and methodologies for Software Education in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Over the last 30+ years Shane has been a practitioner and […]. The post Podcast 76 – Tips for agile project management appeared first on Fix My Project Chaos. Podcasts Agile Methodology

Projects and project management in China


It is the largest manufacturing economy of the world, manufacturing goods such as cars, ships, aircrafts, consumer electronics, food, agricultural products, machinery and heavy engineering. The People´s Republic of China has a population of over 1.4 billion and this is the world’s most populous country. China´s history reaches far back. trillion USD, with an annual increase of 9.4

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Unravelling PI Planning


The PI Planning meeting is organized by the Release Train Engineer (RTE, also called the Scrum Master of the Agile Release Train). This is done by the Release Train Engineer after the PI Planning meeting is over and not during the meeting. • System Arch/ Engineering – to help establish inter-team dependencies and risks. Img Src: So what is PI Planning?

From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn

PM for the Masses

Some start in Engineering school, others have degrees in […]. Some start in Engineering school, others have degrees in […] Interviews Podcast Soft SkillsAs the host of the Project Management for the Masses Podcast, I get to know a LOT of people in the PM industry. One thing that always amazes me is to learn about the journey that each professional goes through to get to where they are. The post From Toyota, to AirBus, to Wrike: The Lean Journey of Errette Dunn appeared first on Project Management for the Masses.

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Product Management 101: How to Become a Product Manager


Product managers are all former engineers. Product managers work closely with anyone from engineering to finance to marketing, depending on the current stage of the product lifecycle. For instance, PMs collaborate with designers and engineers in the prototyping and testing stages to decide which features are critical, and which are less important to a product’s success. .

Why Johnny Can't Estimate?

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I work in a domain where engineered systems are developed for complex software-intensive system of systems. These systems are engineered with a variety of development methods. This would be like saying, risk management is a waste , control system engineering is a waste, thermal analysis of the computer system is a waste, assessment of the reliability, repairable, survivability - all the. In our domain of engineered systems there is a broad range of problems, complex issues, approaches to solving problems. Mine is in hard science and systems engineering.

Software Development Process Improvement Opportunities

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Intentional Disregard for Good Engineering Practices? When we hear about all the suggested ways to improve the effectiveness of our development effort, if we're to going work on improvements, let's go where the REAL money is. . Here's the IT budget for the Federal Government. This is larger than all the IT systems found everywhere else in the world, plus all their custom built IT stuff.

Lean Project Management – old wine in new bottles or a real gain?


Building on Taylor and Ford, the Lean Principles emerged at Toyota and were used as a holistic concept, first in manufacturing , later also in other functions such as engineering, services and administration. Like all other management disciplines, project management is subject to new concepts and developments – and not free of fashionable words. In his Bestseller “The Toyota Way” J.K.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution … and what it means for project management!


A first (industrial) revolution was triggered by the construction of railroads and the invention of steam engines. Klaus Schwab, the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has published a new book with an attention-grabbing title: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Schwab explains that we have a chance to shape this revolution. Its scope is much wider.

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25 mistakes project managers make


Most engineers and developers are too optimistic by nature when they give estimates of work that needs to be done. Just because you have 5 software engineers in your team, it does not mean they all have the same expertise and experience. Everybody makes mistakes. Project manager’s role is complicated. 25 Common mistakes project managers make. What is my job description?

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Empathy and Respect: What Makes Teams Great

Pawel Brodzinski

As a matter of fact, enough fluency with engineering is something we validate first when we hire at Lunar Logic. I’ve been known to bring up research on collective intelligence in many situations, e.g. here , here , or here. In my personal case, the research findings heavily influenced my perception of how to build teams and design organizations. Beyond that, we don’t care too much. Tweet.

PM 101 – Working With Marketing

The Clever PM

We’ve already touched on the importance of working with Designers and Sales — and UserVoice gave me an opportunity to discuss working with Engineers — so today we’re going to continue the logical progression of teams that a Product Manager must have good relationships with by talking about the proper care and feeding of your Marketing teams. Product […]. Product Management Communication Culture Facilitation Good PM Influence Interactions Leadership Organization

Why I pursued IPMA Certification


Richard is an experienced Civil Engineer and Project Manager within the construction industry. Krystyna Linkowska, LMC Engineering. Krystyna is an Associate Director at LMC Engineering and has 12 years of experience in the construction industry in Ireland. I have worked for many years in SISK, a top-tier Construction & Civil Engineering firm. Dave has a B.Sc.

How Does Probabilistic Estimation Reduce Project Uncertainty?


These short clips tell the story of creating LiquidPlanner , and share Jason’s insider expertise on creating the only resource-driven scheduling engine on the market and what makes our unique Dynamic Project Management unique. What to learn more about how our cool scheduling engine works? It’s cool because LiquidPlanner is the only predictive scheduling engine on the market.