Toward a new mindset

Program management and systems engineering have different meanings to different individuals. According to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the Project Management Institute (PMI), program management and systems engineering share vital objectives.This article discusses how INCOSE and PMI believe that through collaboration, the two organizations can help their practitioner communities achieve their shared objectives. In doing so, it begins by discussing the cultural barriers between the practitioners of systems engineering and program management. Historically, program managers and systems managers have viewed the stakeholder problem entirely from within their own disciplinary perspectives--a stovepiped view (current view). Here, disintegration can occur with the two groups when the focus shifts from the customer or end user to the individual practitioner's perceived professional turf, which produces a solution that is less than optimal. For change to occur, a new mindset that redef
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