Project Management Institute

Enabling program success

Wasting time and money should not be dismissed as the cost of doing business on engineering programs. This article discusses how the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) worked with experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to find best practices for delivering successful programs. In a study called Lean Enablers for Managing Engineering Programs, these organizations collaborated across three domains of management wisdom: lean management, systems engineering, and program management. The article describes how the research team defined 160 program management challenges, which were collected into 10 themes. It cites these three significant challenges: reactive execution, lack of accountability, and insufficient competency. In addition, the article identifies six key lean principles. Then, it defines waste and highlights other types of non-value-adding activities. It also provides suggestions for improvement. A sidebar featuring two PM
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