Jobs requiring a capacity for engineering systems thinking (CEST)
selection using an interest inventory
One of a project manager's most demanding challenges involves organizing a project team composed of individuals who are the most qualified to perform a specific task. This article examines a questionnaire-based tool that project managers can use to quantitatively evaluate an engineer's systems thinking capabilities. In doing so, it describes the significance of possessing a capacity for engineering systems thinking (CEST) and the need for a tool that tests an individual's CEST capability. It identifies this tool's potential uses and overviews the literature exploring the abilities and the roles that are associated with possessing high-levels of CEST proficiency as well as the methods that are used to assess CEST. It then outlines the proposed tool, discussing the prior research that informed this tool's development and detailing the authors' research methodology.