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2017 June Book Club - Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Eric Rebentisch
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Welcome to the June Book Club!

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about the webinar, comments on the book, and questions for the author (and everyone else, too).

David Maynard will be the host and discussion thread moderator for this book. Welcome to the team, David!

Stay tuned for more to come!!
Tolitha Lewis (PMI Book Club Host and Moderator)
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Looking forward to it.

David, great to see you participating in this.
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Thank you for the introduction Tolitha and hello Rami. I think I was drafted!
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jun 06, 2017 1:34 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Hello David, They did the right thing by choosing you :-)
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Jun 06, 2017 1:30 PM
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Thank you for the introduction Tolitha and hello Rami. I think I was drafted!
Hello David, They did the right thing by choosing you :-)
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Looking forward to the subject "Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering" in the June Book Club Webinar.
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Looking forward to this Webinar as I head Program Management in my organization
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I am curious to learn from the Book Club participants about what resonates with your experience from the Integrating PM/SE Book? What do you see as strong integration points within your organization? What areas for enhancement do you envision?

Steve
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2 replies by Alan Cornish and David Maynard
Jul 11, 2017 7:18 PM
David Maynard
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Steve, I am going to answer your inquiry. But lately I seem to be stuck in some sort of trap making "lists" for people.

One thing that may be of interest to this group is the NASA System Engineering Handbook available free: https://go.nasa.gov/2ubIzDd
Jul 11, 2017 11:24 PM
Alan Cornish
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Steve:

One point that resonated for me. Starting with the reality that organizations in 2017 are metrics-focused and under pressure to perform effective assessment. From the book: "Success related to engineering program measurement is often very narrowly defined in terms of cost and schedule performance..." (page 2087, Kindle edition). The author then describes some of the positive outcomes of the Boston Big Dig, long after public perceptions of the Big Dig were set.

This is one point that I intend to communicate in my organization, to think more critically about when effective assessment can be performed.
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Jul 11, 2017 6:52 PM
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I am curious to learn from the Book Club participants about what resonates with your experience from the Integrating PM/SE Book? What do you see as strong integration points within your organization? What areas for enhancement do you envision?

Steve
Steve, I am going to answer your inquiry. But lately I seem to be stuck in some sort of trap making "lists" for people.

One thing that may be of interest to this group is the NASA System Engineering Handbook available free: https://go.nasa.gov/2ubIzDd
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Jul 11, 2017 6:52 PM
Replying to Stephen Townsend
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I am curious to learn from the Book Club participants about what resonates with your experience from the Integrating PM/SE Book? What do you see as strong integration points within your organization? What areas for enhancement do you envision?

Steve
Steve:

One point that resonated for me. Starting with the reality that organizations in 2017 are metrics-focused and under pressure to perform effective assessment. From the book: "Success related to engineering program measurement is often very narrowly defined in terms of cost and schedule performance..." (page 2087, Kindle edition). The author then describes some of the positive outcomes of the Boston Big Dig, long after public perceptions of the Big Dig were set.

This is one point that I intend to communicate in my organization, to think more critically about when effective assessment can be performed.
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1 reply by Stephen Townsend
Jul 12, 2017 12:53 AM
Stephen Townsend
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Dear Alan:

Thanks for sharing that perspective.

Your points align with the findings from last year's Pulse and Thought Leadership Series research on benefits realization. The studies found that organizations often do not clearly define or manage the strategic benefits they intend to realize from their investment in programs. Some of these study results may also be worth sharing with individuals in your organization.

You can download the studies at no cost and will find them under the Learning tab from PMI.org. Select the Thought Leadership link to get to the study reports.

I hope this additional information is helpful to you.

Steve
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Jul 11, 2017 11:24 PM
Replying to Alan Cornish
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Steve:

One point that resonated for me. Starting with the reality that organizations in 2017 are metrics-focused and under pressure to perform effective assessment. From the book: "Success related to engineering program measurement is often very narrowly defined in terms of cost and schedule performance..." (page 2087, Kindle edition). The author then describes some of the positive outcomes of the Boston Big Dig, long after public perceptions of the Big Dig were set.

This is one point that I intend to communicate in my organization, to think more critically about when effective assessment can be performed.
Dear Alan:

Thanks for sharing that perspective.

Your points align with the findings from last year's Pulse and Thought Leadership Series research on benefits realization. The studies found that organizations often do not clearly define or manage the strategic benefits they intend to realize from their investment in programs. Some of these study results may also be worth sharing with individuals in your organization.

You can download the studies at no cost and will find them under the Learning tab from PMI.org. Select the Thought Leadership link to get to the study reports.

I hope this additional information is helpful to you.

Steve

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