Excellence in Engineering Program Management
Research shows that when barriers exist between systems engineers and program managers, engineering programs take longer, cost more and often don’t meet the customer’s expectations. Since 2011, we’ve worked in alliance with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and MIT’s Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence to improve the effective integration of the systems engineering and program management disciplines. As a team, we’re combatting program management challenges and delivering better solutions to stakeholders who depend on them.
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The Guide to Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs – 2013 Shingo Prize Winner
A joint collaboration by PMI, INCOSE and MIT CEPE, helps to bring these puzzle pieces together. This study can help organizations cut down on waste, reduce program risk and improve ROI.
Improving Integration of Program Management and Systems Engineering
This report was completed through a joint survey by INCOSE, MIT and PMI to better understand the roles of systems engineers and program managers and their current level of integration. The survey found that a cultural barrier exists in many organizations between systems engineers and program managers.
About the Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs Guide
What the Guide Says
The research identifies 160 program management challenges, as well as 300 lean enablers that can combat those challenges.
The challenges are divided into 10 themes (three of which appear below), and the enablers are divided into six key principles:
- Significant Challenges
Programs are driven by outside influences, not strategic goals.
Lack of accountability:
Roles and responsibilities aren’t clearly defined.
Team or individual knowledge is inadequate, not transferred properly or not applied.
- Lean Enabler Solutions
- Respect for people
- Capturing values as defined by the customer
- Mapping the value stream
- Maintaining flow through value-added processes
- Letting customers’ needs determine value
- Pursuing perfection in all processes
These enablers can help organizations, no matter how mature, reduce waste and risk in both current and future projects — helping to make sure programs deliver their intended benefits and ROI.