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The System Engineer of Integrated PM

The System Engineer of Integrated PM

“If we engage the systems engineer in this program, then the interactions and interdependencies between the subcomponents can be understood and defined prior to integration, but we will need to better integrate work and information flows.”

The term "systems engineer," like the term "program manager", does not yet carry universal meaning. As with program management, unless the term "systems engineering" is formally attached to a professional society definition or articulated in context, the term can be the source of great confusion. This is particularly true in IT, where the term "systems engineer" often refers to the completely different specialty skill of network administration.

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Project Information Flows

Project Information Flows

“If I recognize and manage project information flow as project behavior characteristics, then the information stocks and flows of the project become tangible future orientated management points, but I need to understand enough about KM to properly utilize this discipline within Integrated PM.”

You’re familiar with the day-to-day tasks that flow through the organization’s projects. Many of us live by them, manage our days using calendars to keep track of everything that needs to be done today. All this is referred to as ‘Workflow’, and it becomes a major facet of project management.

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Diagnosis-Intervention: The Facilitator (7 out of 11)

Diagnosis-Intervention: The Facilitator (7 out of 11)

“If I try to facilitate change within our project teams, then we might be able to increase the organization’s project performance, but every time I try, it seems that I become more destructive than if I let things alone.”

The group effectiveness model, the core values, and the ground rules for effective groups that I have written about in previous blog posts are all tools for diagnosing behavior in a project team. But you still need a way to implement these tools. Specifically, you have to know when to intervene, what kind of intervention to make, how to say it, when to say it, and to whom.

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LAUNCH DEFINITION WITH MEANS

LAUNCH DEFINITION WITH MEANS

"The launch plan provides the means to a competitive advantage." Map Eliminate Acquire Nurture Secure

The first thing a person notices when they see Melissa are how blue her eyes are. Her straight blond hair only exaggerates their color. She doesn’t wear much makeup, which testifies of her natural beauty. I laughed at my own thoughts. Jack had asked Melissa to join us for lunch before our discussion on the last pillar. Though the food was great, I could hardly slow my eating I was so excited. At every pillar I’d learned more and more on how to improve myself and increase my competitive advantage. I knew the last pillar involved the implementation of the other pillars, so you understand my excitement.

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ROADMAPPING WITH POWER

ROADMAPPING WITH POWER

"Your roadmap helps others anticipate your future, and throttles the power of change." Possible Alternatives Optimal Advantage Waybill Engaged Stakeholders Radio Channels

Feeling immensely satisfied, I stood up from my lunch and made my way to the exit. I saw Jack speaking to the waitress as I made my way past them and heard her laughing. As soon as I stepped outside, I felt the heat being reflected from the sidewalk and I cringed a little bit. The last three days had been increasingly hot and I controlled the sudden urge to dive back into the air conditioned restaurant. Jack soon followed me outside and when the sun hit his face he smiled happily. Not for the first time, I thought this guy was a little nuts.

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