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

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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.

5 Reasons Engineers Need to Develop Project Management Skills


Here’s a lesson I’m thankful I learned early in my career: successful engineering projects rely more on non-technical skills than technical skills. One can’t design a building without knowledgeable, skilled structural, MEP, and fire engineers.

6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers


While engineers learn a lot of valuable skills in school, project management isn’t always one of them. Many engineers end up learning PM skills on the job and on their own time. Further Reading: 5 Reasons Engineers Need to Learn Project Management Skills].

Engineering brillance, but not a visionary

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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.

Product, Project, or Process.ilities and the Systems Engineering Paradigm

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During a twitter today, there was a question about what are the drivers of project success. This is the picture I provided. The question was where is the Quality as a driver. Here's the answer to that. Related articles. Architecture -Center ERP Systems in the Manufacturing Domain.

"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!

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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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.

Rules for A.I.

Musings on Project Management

system can not retain or disclose confidential information without explicit approval from the human factors system engineeringDeveloping A.I. stuff? Many are What about the rules of behavior for A.I. capabilities? Oren Etzioni has an opinion on this The A.I. system must be subject to the full gamut of laws that apply to its human operators and developer The A.I. system must clearly disclose that it is not human (*) The A.I.

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. • Img Src:

SEO Terms: What is “Link Juice”?


If you have ever worked in the capacity of business analyst or SEO marketer for yourself or a client you have probably heard of the term “link juice” Link juice is a valuable commodity in the search engine optimization world — and it doesn’t come easy or without heavy lifting. According to the almighty Google , the search engine’s algorithm determines which pages have the best information for a query on a subject, mostly by other prominent websites linking to the page.

Quote of the Day

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No scientist or engineer will fail to recognize the well-known syndrome of an experiment that refuses to work in the face of upper management. How to Predict the Unpredictable: The Art of Outsmarting Almost Everyone , William Poundstone, 2015. Quotes

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The 15 commandments of safety-critical software

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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.

Product Management Synapses

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An engineer would argue that the “real” value only comes from effectively recalling and applying the insights from her notes. You know you’re a product manager when this image causes more than a chuckle.

Agile at Scale – Outcome Driven (or Broken)

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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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Lessons on architecture

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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.

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?

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities: What does a PM Really Do?

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My sisters have careers she’s a bit more familiar with: chemical engineer, civil engineer, real estate development. The job title of “project manager” is pretty common these days.

The Best Free Project Management Resources


For those looking for more advanced content , check out the following online free databases: Engineering, Project, and Production Management – This resource covers advanced cross-disciplinary topics related to engineering management, project management, and production management.

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Minimum Valuable Problem

Tyner Blain

As a bonus, they help bridge the gap between the abstract thinking of a product management team and the concrete thinking of the engineering team who will create the solution and the executive team who wants to “know what it is.”

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Product Owner Manager – Alone Together

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Being downstream of continual learning means being the recipient of change – and that doesn’t even touch on the full time job of collaborating with the engineering and quality teams. Product owners and product managers. Two roles, often done by one person.

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2 ways to Perform Critical Path Analysis

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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.

Estimating Tools and Resources

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link] Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering. link] USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering.

Which Star Trek officer best represents your project management personality?

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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.

Tom Peters and Soft Skills

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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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12 Days of a Project Manager’s Christmas

Girl's Guide to PM

Have you entered the giveaway for a copy of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology yet? Are you feeling festive? I am! I can’t wait until the Christmas break and I’ve already started on the mince pies and mulled wine.

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Tutorial: How to Create A Video With Lumen5

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YouTube is thought of as the second-largest search engine. Cisco predict that 80% of internet traffic will be video by 2020. Pinterest has exploded in recent years. Visual, easily-understood communication is what your project stakeholders are seeing everywhere else.

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How Change Management Fits Into Projects

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Testing engineer. Book review: Women in Science, Engineering and Technology: three decades of UK initiatives Women play an active role today in most occupations, but it hasn’t always been easy, especially in technical fields. Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Project Management CV – Writing in the First Person

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I have proven experience in the successful delivery of various projects across a number of industries including IT, Railway Engineering and Public Affairs.

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.