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Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering

Book Description

Integrate critical roles to improve overall performance in complex engineering projects

Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering shows how organizations can become more effective, more efficient, and more responsive, and enjoy better performance outcomes. The discussion begins with an overview of key concepts, and details the challenges faced by System Engineering and Program Management practitioners every day. The practical framework that follows describes how the roles can be integrated successfully to streamline project workflow, with a catalog of tools for assessing and deploying best practices. Case studies detail how real-world companies have successfully implemented the framework to improve cost, schedule, and technical performance, and coverage of risk management throughout helps you ensure the success of your organization's own integration strategy. Available course outlines and PowerPoint slides bring this book directly into the academic or corporate classroom, and the discussion's practical emphasis provides a direct path to implementation.

The integration of management and technical work paves the way for smoother projects and more positive outcomes. This book describes the integrated goal, and provides a clear framework for successful transition.

  • Overcome challenges and improve cost, schedule, and technical performance
  • Assess current capabilities and build to the level your organization needs
  • Manage risk throughout all stages of integration and performance improvement
  • Deploy best practices for teams and systems using the most effective tools

Complex engineering systems are prone to budget slips, scheduling errors, and a variety of challenges that affect the final outcome. These challenges are a sign of failure on the part of both management and technical, but can be overcome by integrating the roles into a cohesive unit focused on delivering a high-value product. Integrating Program Management with Systems Engineering provides a practical route to better performance for your organization as a whole.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Editors
  6. Contributors
  7. List of Figures
  8. List of Tables
  9. Foreword: Practices, Knowledge, and Innovation
  10. Preface
    1. Reference
  11. Acknowledgments
  12. Introduction
    1. The Origins of an Important Collaboration
    2. Creating a Knowledge Foundation through Exploratory Research
    3. Overview of the Book
    4. References
  13. PART I: IN SEARCH OF INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS
    1. CHAPTER 1: TOWARD A NEW MINDSET
      1. 1.1 Striving for Perfection in Complex Work
      2. 1.2 Boldly Going Again Where People Have Gone Before
      3. 1.3 Strategy Realization Requires Good Management
      4. 1.4 Workforce + Organizational Capabilities = Competitive Advantage
      5. 1.5 Rays of Hope
      6. 1.6 Trekking toward a New Mindset
      7. 1.7 Summary
      8. 1.8 Discussion Questions
      9. 1.9 References
      10. Endnote
    2. CHAPTER 2: THE ENGINEERING PROGRAM PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE
      1. 2.1 Introduction
      2. 2.2 Making White Elephants Extinct
      3. 2.3 Large Engineering Programs Are Complex
      4. 2.4 We Need a Better Solution
      5. 2.5 Summary
      6. 2.6 Discussion Questions
      7. 2.7 References
      8. Additional Resources
    3. CHAPTER 3: THE FEATURES OF SUCCESSFUL INTEGRATION OF PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
      1. 3.1 A Major Engineering Program Failure?
      2. 3.2 Bridging Boundaries to Foster Program Success
      3. 3.3 Contributors to Success in Action
      4. 3.4 Summary
      5. 3.5 Discussion Questions
      6. 3.6 References
      7. Additional Resources
    4. CHAPTER 4: THE CASE FOR INTEGRATING PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT
      1. 4.1 The Roots of Nonintegration
      2. 4.2 Program Management and Systems Engineering Are Different
      3. 4.3 Program Management
      4. 4.4 Systems Engineering
      5. 4.5 Why Divergence Is Such a Problem
      6. 4.6 Integrating Is Difficult, but Not Impossible
      7. 4.7 Discussion Questions
      8. 4.8 References
      9. Additional Resources
    5. CHAPTER 5: KEY CONCEPTS IN INTEGRATION
      1. 5.1 Introduction
      2. 5.2 Assessing Integration between Disciplines
      3. 5.3 Attributes of Integration in Complex Organizations
      4. 5.4 Practitioner Perspectives on Integration
      5. 5.5 Summary
      6. 5.6 Discussion Questions
      7. 5.7 References
  14. PART II: BUILDING CAPABILITIES TO EFFECTIVELY EXECUTE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS
    1. CHAPTER 6: HOW INTEGRATION WORKS IN PROGRAMS
      1. 6.1 Introduction
      2. 6.2 The Integration Framework
      3. 6.3 Summary
      4. 6.4 Discussion Questions
      5. 6.5 References
    2. CHAPTER 7: INTEGRATION IN PRACTICE IN THE F/A‐18E/F SUPER HORNET PROGRAM
      1. 7.1 Introduction
      2. 7.2 F/A‐18E/F Super Hornet Program Background and the Context of Integration
      3. 7.3 Twelve Days of August: A Start on the Integration Journey
      4. 7.4 Enabling Integration by Reducing Program Complexity
      5. 7.5 A Parallel Process in NAVAIR to Improve Integration
      6. 7.6 The E/F Program Pilots a New Way of Working Together
      7. 7.7 Improved Decision Making
      8. 7.8 Program Delivery
      9. 7.9 Integration Practices Observed in the F/A‐18E/F Program
      10. 7.10 Summary
      11. 7.11 Discussion Questions
      12. 7.12 References
      13. Endnote
    3. CHAPTER 8: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING INTEGRATION PROCESSES, PRACTICES, AND TOOLS
      1. 8.1 Introduction
      2. 8.2 Episodic Integration Mechanisms
      3. 8.3 Pervasive Integration Mechanisms
      4. 8.4 A Note on Tailoring
      5. 8.5 Summary
      6. 8.6 Discussion Questions
      7. 8.7 References
      8. Additional Resources
    4. CHAPTER 9: THE ORGANIZATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
      1. 9.1 Introduction
      2. 9.2 Structural Dimensions of Integration
      3. 9.3 Organizational Environmental Factors
      4. 9.4 The Challenges of Integration in Large‐Scale Programs: Systems Failure
      5. 9.5 Characteristics of Successful Program Integration
      6. 9.6 The International Space Station: A Model in Systems Integration
      7. 9.7 Summary
      8. 9.8 Discussion Questions
      9. 9.9 References
      10. Additional Resources
    5. CHAPTER 10: DEVELOPING INTEGRATION COMPETENCIES IN PEOPLE
      1. 10.1 Introduction
      2. 10.2 Identifying Integration Competencies
      3. 10.3 Developing Integration Competencies
      4. 10.4 Managing Integration Competencies
      5. 10.5 Summary
      6. 10.6 Discussion Questions
      7. 10.7 References
      8. Additional Resources
    6. CHAPTER 11: INTEGRATION THROUGHOUT THE PROGRAM LIFE CYCLE
      1. 11.1 Introduction
      2. 11.2 Integration and the Generic Life Cycle
      3. 11.3 Life Cycle Stages for Systems Engineering
      4. 11.4 Program Management Life Cycle Characteristics
      5. 11.5 Large‐Scale Infrastructure Programs
      6. 11.6 Life Cycle Integration
      7. 11.7 Leadership Styles for the Big Dig's Five Stages of Program Management
      8. 11.8 Summary
      9. 11.9 Discussion Questions
      10. 11.10 References
      11. Additional Resources
    7. CHAPTER 12: THE IMPACT OF EFFECTIVE INTEGRATION ON PROGRAM PERFORMANCE
      1. 12.1 Introduction
      2. 12.2 Program Performance
      3. 12.3 Measuring Integration in Programs
      4. 12.4 Integration as a Catalyst for Program Performance
      5. 12.5 Case Study: Electronic Support Upgrade for the Royal Australian Navy's Anzac Class Frigate
      6. 12.6 Summary
      7. 12.7 Discussion Questions
      8. 12.8 References
      9. Endnote
  15. PART III: DEVELOPING INTEGRATION COMPETENCIES IN YOUR ORGANIZATION
    1. CHAPTER 13: INTEGRATION MEANS CHANGE
      1. 13.1 Introduction: The Case for Change
      2. 13.2 The Need to Be Thoughtful about Change
      3. 13.3 Frameworks and Models for Change
      4. 13.4 Readiness Assessment
      5. 13.5 The Road Ahead and How to Prepare for It
      6. 13.6 Summary
      7. 13.7 Discussion Questions
      8. 13.8 References
      9. Additional Resources
    2. CHAPTER 14: SUCCESSFUL CHANGE PROGRAMS THAT IMPROVED INTEGRATION
      1. 14.1 Introduction
      2. 14.2 Redefining What Is Possible: The Marriage of Systems Engineering and Program Management at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
      3. 14.3 Using Certification to Foster Integration in U.S. Government Agency Acquisition Programs
      4. 14.4 Integrating Software Engineering and Program Management at Nationwide
      5. 14.5 Managing Change in Engineering Program Organizations: Boosting Productivity in BMW's Engineering Department
      6. 14.6 Delivering the World's Most Complex Inner‐City Infrastructure Program: Boston's Big Dig
      7. 14.7 Summary
      8. 14.8 Discussion Questions
      9. 14.9 References
      10. Endnotes
    3. CHAPTER 15: LEADING AN INTEGRATION CHANGE PROGRAM
      1. 15.1 Introduction
      2. 15.2 Understanding the Work Ahead: The Organizational Context
      3. 15.3 Planning for Change within the Organizational Context
      4. 15.4 Putting the Four Input Dimensions for Change Together
      5. 15.5 Practices to Consider
      6. 15.6 Summary
      7. 15.7 References
  16. PART IV: A CALL TO ACTION
    1. CHAPTER 16: CALLS TO ACTION
      1. 16.1 Call to Action for Academia: Help Budding Professionals Learn to Adapt
      2. 16.2 Call to Action for Enterprise: Build the Right Engine for Strategy Implementation
      3. 16.3 Call to Action for Policymakers: Refocus Oversight and Accountability in the Right Ways
      4. 16.4 Call to Action for Industry and Professional Societies: Take an Interdisciplinary View
      5. 16.5 Call to Action for Researchers: Explore Interdisciplinary Systems
      6. 16.6 References
  17. AFTERWORD: TOWARD AN INTEGRATED FUTURE
    1. The Case for Integration
    2. New Insights Gained Along the Way
    3. The Path Forward
  18. GLOSSARY
  19. INDEX
  20. End User License Agreement