Survey Report Improving Integration of Program Management and Systems Engineering

Results of a Joint Survey by PMI and INCOSE

2013

Results of a Joint Survey by PMI and INCOSE

Whitepaper presented at the 23rd INCOSE Annual International Symposium, Philadelphia, June 2013

Data Analysis and Report by Edivandro Conforto, Monica Rossi, Eric Rebentisch and Josef Oehmen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Maria Pacenza (Project Management Institute)

Authors

Edivandro Conforto, PhD – MIT Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence

Monica Rossi, PhD Candidate at Politecnico di Milano – MIT Visiting Scholar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence

Eric Rebentisch, PhD – Research Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence

Josef Oehmen, PhD – Research Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence

Maria Pacenza – Market Researcher
Project Management Institute – PMI

© 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cited as

Conforto et al. (2013). Improving the Integration of Program Management and Systems Engineering. Whitepaper presented at the 23rd INCOSE Annual International Symposium, Philadelphia, USA, June 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

SNAPSHOTS OF THE DETAILED RESULTS

Use of Standards from both domains

Formal definition of integration

Integrated program assessments

Shared responsibilities in key areas

Reduce unproductive tension through integration

POTENTIAL AREAS OF COLLABORATION

SURVEY METHODS

SAMPLE DEMOGRAPHICS

In January 2011, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and Project Management Institute (PMI®) formed a strategic alliance to advance the integration of the systems engineering and program management disciplines. That integration will lead to the delivery of better solutions for their organizations.

For many years, a cultural barrier has existed between practitioners of systems engineering and of program management. Some systems engineers and program managers have developed the mindset that their work activities are separate from each other rather than part of an organic whole. Consequently, work often costs more, takes longer, and provides a suboptimal solution for the customer or end user. The leaders of INCOSE and PMI believe this cultural barrier and mindset can and must be overcome. By working together, the organizations hope to foster a team approach that will benefit their members and their organizations, and ultimately the stakeholders who depend on them.

In October 2012, the organizations conducted a joint survey to better understand the roles of program manager and chief systems engineer and to gauge their current level of integration. The Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence (CEPE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provided strategic support in analyzing, reviewing and finalizing the survey results with INCOSE and PMI. The results of the analysis are presented here and validate that the cultural barrier does exist in many organizations.

INCOSE, PMI and MIT plan to use the survey findings to raise awareness of the implications of that cultural barrier to practitioners of both disciplines and to uncover potential areas of collaboration between the three organizations. CEPE's complimentary research efforts will help develop new knowledge, insights, and tools that enable better integration and outcomes in engineering programs. Together, they will help to create a new mindset. The new mindset is the understanding that both disciplines are two interlocking pieces of a puzzle. When they are separate, only partial views of reality can be seen. Only when they are synergistically brought together can the larger picture become clear, and the puzzle can be solved.

INCOSE/PMI Alliance Working Group and MIT

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INCOSE & PMI JOINT SURVEY | Boston, June 2013

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