Last night I saw something that really started to get me much more excited about the upcoming Baltimore PMI and INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Joint Panel . I was navigating around the INCOSE.org website (as I normally do…I mean come on now…Who doesn’t?) and ran across an interesting news announcement.
The title of the announcement, released on 9 September 2011, “PMI and INCOSE Align To Help Organizations Improve Program Success” almost says it all. However, reading further into the announcement it states that at the international level PMI and INCOSE are forming a “strategic alliance that will enhance overall program success through the improved integration of practices between their professional communities” and “will solidify initiatives that support stronger integration between the two professions”. The article goes on to highlight joint-initiatives that will be starting at the end of October 2011 and going into 2012. These being the release of a white paper on how PM and SE disciplines can be better aligned, a working session and a workshop at PMI’s Global Congress 2011- North America in Dallas, an article series “highlighting effective integration of program management and systems engineering” and a study being published in association with MIT and their Lean Advancement Initiative (LAI).
So why does all of this have me more excited for the Baltimore PMI and INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Joint Panel than I was before?
Well because it reinforces what I already knew. Not only can these local professional communities both claim provenance to helping the Baltimore Metro Area become and remain a vibrant center for technological advancement but they can also celebrate the fact that they are on the leading edge of an international discourse of significant importance. A discourse committed to finding a way to combine the strengths of both disciplines to bring about more successful outcomes to developing systems. Especially in an environment where programs created to develop systems are experiencing significant increases in cost, scope, scale and complexity.
Be sure to sign up early for the Baltimore PMI and INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Joint Panel. The amount of seats available to the Chesapeake Chapter will be limited. This will likely be a sell out!!!