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The best of both worlds

Role stereotypes hold that systems engineers are the technical experts and program managers are the seasoned businesspeople. But can these two worlds connect their work to create positive business results? This article discusses how program managers and systems engineers can create efficiencies, increase accountability, and boost program success rates by working together. In doing so, it identifies four areas where the two functions can increase collaboration to better deliver value: planning, setting goals, leadership, and scheduling. The article covers the advantages and disadvantages for each area. Accompanying this article is a sidebar detailing how project sponsors can create a collaborative culture between systems engineers and program managers. Another sidebar describes systems engineers.
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