Relationships between Systems Engineering and Project Management – SEBoK

Regardless of how the roles are divided up on a given project, the best way to reduce confusion is to explicitly describe the roles and responsibilities of the project manager and the systems engineer, as well as other key team members. The Project Management Plan (PMP) and the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) are key documents used to define the processes and methodologies the project will employ to build and deliver a product or service.

Source: Relationships between Systems Engineering and Project Management – SEBoK


Some good #books about #managing remote workers and #virtualteams (part 6 of “culture” series)

Below are a couple of good reads I’ve found on the subject of managing remote teams.  I got these a decade+ ago, and there wasn’t alot published yet on the subject.  But these are pretty good.  All of them have something to add to this subject.

You may notice that only two of the books above are specifically about remote workers or virtual teams.  If you’ve seen the rest of this series, you’ll know that’s exactly my point.

In a future post, I’ll comment on technologies that can help.  Many companies seem to still struggle with how to use the different enabling technologies well.  So, more to come on that.


The First Question to Ask of Any #Strategy – HBR

Excellent article with a short and simple test to see if you have a decent business strategy.  More after the jump.

So do a little test of your strategy before committing to it. Ask: Is the opposite stupid on its face? Have most of my competitors made the same choice as me? If the answers are “yes,” you have more work to do to have a smart strategy rather than just a non-stupid one.

via The First Question to Ask of Any Strategy – HBR.

Motivation and Working Remotely (part 4 in “#culture” series)

There’s some useful thinking on approaching remote working arrangements strategically.  Start at slide 15.

UntitledA few of the points that resonated strongly with my experience:

  • Heavily leverage instant messaging/chat, file sharing tools, web conferencing etc.  (My $0.02:  People, please pick some good tools.  The vast majority of text-based chat these days is cr*p.  I’ll repost some of my old IM Roadmap articles, but here are two tips:  Make sure it supports persistent groups, and on-screen white-space is evil.  The default mode should be small fonts, high-information density, etc.  Otherwise, what’s the point?)
  • The “workplace” should now be viewed as a 24/7 thing.  Everyone should be encouraged to work when and where they want. (My $0.02: In trade for that flexibility the employees need to anticipate and accommodate odd-hour work.  I don’t buy into the growing narrative that it’s bad to have people responding to email at 9pm or 5am.  Ignore those lazy people.  Why discourage passionate and productive colleagues?)
  • Virtual teams expand your available talent pool.
  • Use video conferencing every day.
  • Meet as a team face-to-face when possible.   (My $0.02:  Don’t forget about Tuckman’s stages of group development.  After “norming”, you’ll actually need in-person interaction WAY less than you think you do.)

via How to Keep People Motivated When Working Remotely.

@StanfordCPD webinar : Making Distance Teams Work

Coming up 22 April, 12pm Pacific, free.  Register after the jump.

Making Distance Teams Work: Opportunities for Success

Virtual and remote teams are becoming increasingly more common. Many do not succeed because they fail to recognize the practices that fuel collaboration, build relationships, and create an effective long-distance team.

In this webinar, you will learn how language differences, culture and power all come into play when working at a distance from supervisors, employees, co-workers and customers.

via XAPM002 Advanced Project Management (Free Webinar Series) | Stanford Center for Professional Development.