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

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.

Scholarship for Women in Science & Engineering

Binfire

We at Binfire are proud to announce the establishment a scholarship fund for women studying science or engineering. . Binfire has been actively hiring women software engineers and believes more girls studying in high school should be encouraged to pursue science or engineering degrees when attending college. . Many of these girls have enrolled in science or engineering degrees in Universities here in Israel after graduating from high school. .

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% You'll learn: How to turn basic dashboard metrics into a financial model.

Top 10 Time Tracking Software for Engineers

TimeCamp

Time Tracking for Engineers Engineers constitute a large part of every company. Time Management Tools best time tracking software time tracking software time tracking software for engineersVery often, they.

Systems, Systems Engineering, Systems Thinking

Herding Cats

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.

Project Management Tools for Engineering

TimeCamp

Such overwhelmed by the dictatorship of time are those who are engaged in engineering. Imagine you are a manager at engineering lab and are in command of […]. Time is one of the scarcest resources.

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

Herding Cats

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.

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.

5 Reasons Engineers Need to Develop Project Management Skills

LiquidPlanner

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.

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.

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6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers

LiquidPlanner

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].

5 Key Goal Setting Exercises for High-Performing Engineering Teams (from Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more)

Planio

Before we get into what types of goals you should set for your engineering team and how to set them, we need to answer a couple of questions about the kind of goals you’re setting in general. While Engineer B thinks you’re setting goals in Bucket B—pretty hard.

A Turning Point for Humanity

Musings on Project Management

Project Management system engineeringOrdinarily, we here at Musings don't go into for a lot of hyperbole, but when no less an eminence than the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shouts out: "A Turning Point for Humanity: Redefining the World's Measurement System" we have to sit up and take notice And so what are we talking about here? Does this mean that all the PMOs have to turn in their sliderules and.

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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

Systems Engineering and Software Intensive System of Systems

Herding Cats

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.

How to use a Simple Gantt Chart to Reverse Engineer a Complex Project

Teamweek

If you’re managing a complex project, a simple Gantt chart may be the perfect tool to help you keep track of all the moving parts. You don’t have to be an expert to use one, we’ll show you why you it’s useful and how to set up your first Gantt chart. . How to use a Gantt Chart.

"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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If you can't draw it, (can you build it?)

Musings on Project Management

construction system engineeringMany creative people will tell you that new ideas begin -- often spontaneously -- with a mind's sketch that they then render in some kind of media. Fair enough -- no news there. We've talked about storyboards, etc before. But then the heavy lifting begins. How to fill in the details? Where to start? My advice: Draw it first. If you can't draw it, you can't build it! And so the.

2018 150

Cockburn on Thermodynamics

Musings on Project Management

Many of us learned recently from Alistair Cockburn that he studied engineering in college and took a course in thermodynamics for which he received a passing grade. Project Management system engineeringHowever, he declares: can't recall anything about thermodynamics. He asks: does that invalidate the worth of my degree? No, his degree shows a pathway (his word) of self improvement and education. And, for the most.

2017 150

When PM meets SysEngr

Musings on Project Management

Project manager Here's your task Here's your budget Here's your schedule Keep your head down; focus on the task; don't get distracted System Engineer Here's your environment and context Here's your interface Consider the chaotic and integrating effects Keep your head up; look around you; be aware of other stuff going on Hello! Project Management system engineering

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Systems thinking with Charlie Munger

Musings on Project Management

The author is Charlie Munger, a man who is decidedly not a system engineer or a project manager, but nonetheless understands some of the principles of the former.(*) He writes -- certainly as a systems thinker -- this way: I became so avid a collector instances of bad judgment that I paid. system engineeringI was directed to this paper about "The Psychology of Human Misjudgment" by a posting on herdingcats.

2017 150

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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Avoid -- if you can -- batch transfers

Musings on Project Management

Mike Cohn has an excellent posting on the " agile system engineeringWe no longer say "waterfall"; now we say "batch transfer" Fair enough. New label; old wine. I get it. But, still, to be avoided -- if you can What replaces the sequential batch transfer (formerly: sequential waterfall. Hiss!)? Collaboration! (*) And, less optimally, smaller "batches" (did someone say "lean"?)

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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.

2017 163

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.

2016 183

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.

2016 163

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.

2016 174

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.

2016 163

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.

2016 174

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.

2016 174

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.

2016 183

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.

2016 150

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.

2016 150

Things to Learn: SEO from the Top

DigitalPM

Marketing Search Engine Optimization SEO for eCommerce TutorialsThe post Things to Learn: SEO from the Top appeared first on The Digital Project Manager - eCommerce and Web.

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Embracing Digital Transformation for Manufacturing Companies

Leankor

These issues are magnified exponentially in industrial and commercial manufacturing , where products are not simply fabricated and delivered: each is a massive project that requires customization and re-engineering to the specifications of each customer. We facilitate better portfolio project management by enabling more ways of working and collaboration among teams from contracting, to engineering, to legal, to onboarding, to support, as well as from the C-suite to the production floor.

SEO Terms: What is “Link Juice”?

DigitalPM

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.

10 Types of Blog Posts Proven to Drive Sales

DigitalPM

However, while I’d never discourage you from creating the sort of content that can boost your traffic and potentially bring in links that will help you to climb further up the search engine’s rankings, on their own, traffic and/or links are not going to make a difference to your bottom line.

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4 Critical Skills to Make a Difference in Your Career

Brad Egeland

​ Back in 1991, while toiling away as an Aerospace Engineer, I found this book called “Do What You Are, Discover the Perfect Career for You.”