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|Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Special Joint INCOSE/PMI Dinner Meeting
Panel: Systems Engineering vs. Program Management. Is there a conflict?
Moderator: Dr. Don York, PhD, P.E., CSEP, Technical Director and Sr Systems Engineer with TASC Inc“Differences and similarities in the roles of the Program Manager and the Systems Engineer. Who does what? Can one person do both?”
At the UMBC Technology Center 1450 South Rolling Road;
INCOSE Chesapeake Panelist:
PMI Baltimore Panelist:
Buffet: Grilled Salmon; Beef Short Ribs braised in red wine; and Chicken Picatta;
Please Note: Because of the limited space there will be NO free admission for the presentation only. So sign up quickly to be part of this historic event.
Dinner Cost: $20 – By website: Credit card via PayPal, go to our >>Registration Page<<
The 12 Roles
On November 16, the Chesapeake Chapter of the International Conference on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) will be breaking bread with the Baltimore chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). In the following panel, three people from each organization will discuss vigorously the differences and similarities of the roles each organization fills. We expect the discussion to be entertaining. Bring your thoughts and your questions.
PMI is just one of the many organizations that overlap INCOSE. Each of the others has a different domain, technology, data, applications, lifecycle focus, architecture, and design cycle focus. The literature is full of definitions and classifications for these systems engineering roles. And there are the references in the SE Handbook (mature) and SEBoK (emerging).
One of my favorite systems engineering papers was written by Sarah Sheard. She classifies systems engineering into twelve roles (See Figure 1).
See you on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 in the UMBC Tech center!!!
John Lewis, CC President,
Figure 1: Systems Engineering Roles
News from the Corporate Office
During our October Dinner Meeting, John Thomas, INCOSE President Elect, phoned into the meeting from overseas trip in order to discuss a proposed change to the INCOSE bylaws that is unanimously endorsed by the Board of Directors (BoD) to enable organizational changes that will establish the new positions of Sector Directors. The primary objectives of this proposal are to improve the direct influence of Chapters on governance at the level of the Board of Directors and to increase our ability to handle opportunities arising from our global growth.
A draft of the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK version 0.5) was released in wiki format on www.sebokwiki.org. SEBoK 0.5 is currently open to worldwide review. Please contribute!
By Erik DeVito, 2012 Chapter Director of Programs
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.
The Power of Partitioning In Systems Architecture
Mr. Richard Taylor was enthusiastically received by an audience of over 40 systems engineers on October 19th, 2011, as he delivered a dynamic and insightful presentation on The Power of Partitioning Systems Architecture. Mr. Taylor, a subject matter expert in systems architecture, has taught on the subject for several years in the Systems Engineering graduate program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
During his presentation Mr. Taylor emphasized that partitioning choices are the most important decisions that a system architect makes and that poor partitioning choices will be difficult to overcome.
Preparing for the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Exam
Obtaining a CSEP is not easy, but that’s what makes it so valuable. You have to demonstrate your real world experience via a lengthy application and three references. Then you need to pass a two-hour, 120-question, multiple-choice exam. The courses listed below will help prepare potential candidates for this demanding process by becoming familiar with the INCOSE SE Handbook version 3.2 which is the basis for the examination.
Requirements Management………………………………………………. Nov. 15 – 17
For more opportunities see our Chapter’s Website Education Page for more information.
This is the monthly newsletter for INCOSE Chesapeake, a local chapter of INCOSE International. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum for professionals practicing the art and science of Systems Engineering in the Northern & Central Maryland & Southern Pennsylvania area.
The Chesapeake Chapter is always looking for volunteers to speak at our upcoming meetings! Please contact our 2012 Programs Director, Mr. Erik DeVito, if you would like the opportunity to speak or can recommend someone.
The Chesapeake Chapter of INCOSE is proud to recognize the following organizations for sponsoring our endeavors to expanding the understanding and appreciation of Systems Engineering in the local area:
Mark your Calendars with these upcoming Chapter events:
Wednesday 7 Dec 2011
Discover Systems Engineering
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