System Engineering FAQ

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 to stuffy!) What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering? Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineering

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

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Systems Engineering

Herding Cats

For non-trivial problems in any domain, Systems Engineering provides a starting framework for identifying problems, assessing possible solutions, implementing those solutions, measuring the performance of the efforts to deliver the solutions and the effectiveness of those solutions.

How Does the LiquidPlanner Scheduling Engine Work?

LiquidPlanner

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

Is Software Development Art or Engineering

Herding Cats

I started my career as a Software Engineer , writing Fortran 77 signal processing algorithms to find and track missile launchers in the middle eastern desert. Signal processing is a domain of software development well suited to the paradigm of engineered systems. This early work took me into other fields of engineered systems. So when would a software system NOT be Engineered to fit the Needs of the Customer? This is called engineering the solution.

"Right kind of Crazy"

Musings on Project Management

And, it's only 225 pages in hardcover If you are a mechanical engineer, it's a must If you are any kind of an engineer, it's a should-read If you are a project manager looking for leadership lessons, it's a must read (but you can skip the engineering detail). leadership Project Management system engineering TeamworkHave you read this book? Spoiler alert: No math!

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Against all odds – learning from great projectors: Ferdinand Zeppelin

IPMA

Several industrial leaders supported his idea after a lecture on steerable airship designs given to the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in 1896. However, the engines were to weak and could not stand a longer flight.

Actually, you can't measure it

Musings on Project Management

Or, you can measure anything -- everything Actually, you can't Measurements do the changing There are may project domains where measurements change the thing being measured, so that the results are incorrect, sometimes dramatically so: Many chemical reactions or chemistry attributes Some biological effects Most quantum effects Bayes decision deduction induction system engineeringWe're told repeatedly: you can't manage what you can't measure.

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About evidence

Musings on Project Management

estimate Quotations system engineeringDid you see this witicism at herdingcats? A skeptic will question claims, then embrace the evidence. A denier will question claims, then reject the evidence. Neil deGrase Tyson. Think of this whenever there is a conjecture that has no testable evidence of the claim. And think ever more when those making the conjectured claim refuse to provide evidence. When that is the case, it is.

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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.

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Unravelling PI Planning

Digite

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. • Img Src: Youtube.com/VanceLowe.

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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.

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. This is also used in some search engines in the search results. Introduction.

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 interrelations between projects, programmes and change

IPMA

It spans much longer than projects, needs to be more holistic, systemic, strategic, and thus may be grounded on systems engineering, social sciences and complexity theory, to name only a few….

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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.

Value proposition design for projects

IPMA

Neither more (“over engineering”), nor less (“underperforming”), just right to the level of expectations.

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.

Which Star Trek officer best represents your project management personality?

Kiron Bondale

Some project managers possess Scotty’s exceptional ability to turn engineering lemons into high performing lemonade. Just like the officers on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise (original series, please!), the personalities we bring to managing projects can be quite diverse.

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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.

Quote of the Day

Herding Cats

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?

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.

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.

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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?”

Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

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.

“When will this Software Project Ever Be Done?”

LeadingAnswers

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 Future Of Construction – BIM

Geniebelt

contractors, engineers etc.) Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be a valuable tool in the hands of anyone who works in construction. There’s no doubt that, the concept of collaborative working is becoming more and more popular through the years.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

Tyner Blain

It was more than just incremental delivery, we really did incorporate agile principles like pairing and demoing, and engineering practices like automated build and test processes, code-reads, design for testing.

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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.

Managing and working in Project Society

IPMA

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.

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What Does it Mean to Focus on Value?

Herding Cats

These are grouped into five categories: Orientation principles align the process on a sound theoretical basis issued from generally accepted practices in the areas of engineering, modeling, and acquisition. A common chant in the agile community is we focus on value. What does this mean?

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.

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

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.

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

IPMA

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.

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

IPMA

Secondly, the contextual competences such as stake-holder management or the consideration of the financial and legal framework are often neglected in the PM approach, especially in universities and engineering schools.

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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.

Integrated product teams

Musings on Project Management

If you search "Crosstalk, the journal of defense software engineering", you'll find zillions of articles that reference the IPT. The US DoD has had the concept of the Integrated Product Team (IPT) for a couple of decades. And, if you search www.dau.mil, you'll also find a wealth of material. As the agile folks go about with multi-functional and persistent teams, they'll find that's an idea. dod Project Management