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Electronic Support Upgrade for Anzac Frigate case study with Betsy Clark

4/24/2018
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This podcast is the second of a two part interview with Betsy Clark, President of Software Metrics. In the interview we discussed a case study Betsy contributed to the recently published book 'Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering'. The book is a joint effort between PMI and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Among her contributions to the book, Betsy provided two case studies, the one which is subject of this podcast is her review of the electronic...

Duration:00:24:09

System Engineering and Program Management F/A 18E/F case study with Betsy Clark

11/14/2017
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This podcast is the first part of an interview with Betsy Clark, President of Software Metrics. In the interview we discussed the recently published book 'Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering'. The book is a joint effort between PMI and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Among her contributions to the book Betsy provided two case studies, one on the development of the F/A 18E/F Super Hornet which is the subject of much of this podcast. The book is the...

Duration:00:42:09

Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering with Stephen Townsend of PMI

10/17/2017
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This podcast is a special interview with Stephen Townsend, Director of Network Programs at the Project Management Institute (PMI). In the interview we discussed the recently published book 'Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering'. The book is a joint effort between PMI and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). The book is the product of five years of research and writing by a large team of contributors led by Eric Rebentisch and is both a really solid...

Duration:00:37:43

Method and Scope Complexity in Virtual Team Projects

9/25/2017
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Understanding the impact of method and scope complexity on a project is an increasingly important requirement. Projects are getting bigger and the interfaces continue to grow. In this environment, understanding how mature the definition of the project is and how this is impacted by increasing amounts of new technology and immature assumptions allows project leaders, business leaders and project personnel to deliver better outcomes for all involved. The post Method and Scope Complexity in...

Duration:00:15:56

Goal Complexity in Project Environments

8/21/2017
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Goal complexity in project environments includes issues such as the clarity of project objectives, any bias the project may have toward particular outcomes and solutions, how mature the decision making policy is and the overall understanding of any required trade off between cost, schedule and quality. Getting these issues resolved and clarified at the onset of your project will reduce much of the ongoing delivery risk. The post Goal Complexity in Project Environments appeared first on...

Duration:00:13:44

Social Complexity in Project Virtual Teams

8/8/2017
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In part II of the short series looking at different contributors to complexity in projects and how it impacts and is impacted by virtual teams considers the social interaction and social complexity aspect, including the impact of communications, respect, commitment, contract types and procedures. This article and podcast follow on from the previous one which looked at forms of structural complexity and virtual teams. The post Social Complexity in Project Virtual Teams appeared first on...

Duration:00:28:06

Responding to Organisational Complexity Training Course

7/24/2017
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I am really happy to announce that from November this year Ulfire will be delivering the Responding to Organisational Complexity course developed by ICCPM on their behalf in Western Australia and eventually also in the Northern Territory. The course is a unique offering that addresses a gap in knowledge between undergraduate and post graduate training around complexity. The first Perth course starts on 6th November 2017. The post Responding to Organisational Complexity Training Course...

Duration:00:04:11

Structural complexity and project virtual teams

6/5/2017
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As part of the short series looking at complexity in project virtual teams we are looking at structural complexity, how it is defined, what makes a project structurally complex and how that structural complexity contributes to or is influenced by having project virtual teams as part of the project make up. The post Structural complexity and project virtual teams appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:14:53

Introduction to the use of Virtual Teams in Complex Projects

4/11/2017
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Complex projects seem to be appearing everywhere, or at least everyone seems to think they are. This is an introductory article to the role virtual teams play in complex projects, it sets out some of the challenges in differentiating between truly complex project and those that are really just large or at best complicated. This is the first of a series of articles that will dig into more of the detail of where virtual teams contribute to the complexity of many modern projects and help to...

Duration:00:12:29

Project Communications Complications

3/21/2017
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Projects are becoming increasingly complicated, they have more stakeholders, they are bigger and they are generally getting harder to complete. Lost in all the growth and complication is the need to address the increasing communications complications, as the teams and challenges have grown so has the need to establish an understanding of their communications needs. This article discusses some of the challenges and suggests a need for the leaders of the projects to become more inclusive...

Duration:00:12:17

The Power Of Thank You and Showing Gratitude

3/7/2017
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Showing gratitude to your staff and colleagues through a simple, quick email reply with a thanks or a thank you can mean the difference between a grateful and engaged workforce and one that feels they are only there to serve your every need. Taking a few second to acknowledge someone's work is a quick, simple and meaningful way to help to keep your team motivated. The post The Power Of Thank You and Showing Gratitude appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:07:59

The Good and Bad of International Project Teams

2/21/2017
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Understanding why your project is adopting an international execution strategy is an important step in planning your project. There are a number of reasons modern project may or may not go international, they will all have a large influence on the way the project is run and its potential risk profile. This article considers five of the major reasons that will influence the decision. The post The Good and Bad of International Project Teams appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:16:56

Engineering Project Skills For The Future

2/7/2017
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Technology and costs are rapidly changing the way future projects will be approached. Those running these new projects will need new skills and techniques to be successful. It will no longer be a case of being able to simply being able to deliver technical work, team members will need to be exceptional communicators and understand how to work in increasingly complex and harder to predict environments. The post Engineering Project Skills For The Future appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:19:47

Developing International Project Communicators

1/24/2017
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Training and developing personnel to take on the key roles of leading international interfaces in virtual team projects is an ongoing task for most businesses who operate in the space. This article considers some of the reasons the development of personnel for these roles is important. The post Developing International Project Communicators appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:11:51

Surviving at the Deep End on International Projects

1/10/2017
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All too often organisations send personnel off on international project assignments with little to no support. They receive a visa, a plane ticket and a contract and that's about it, the organisation then trusts to luck and the employee's skill that the secondment and the project associated with it will be a success. It really does not have to be that way though, a little bit of training, some mentoring and coaching and general support than the outcomes can be so much more...

Duration:00:15:58

Motivations To Succeed In International Teams Communication

1/3/2017
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Securing personnel for international or intercultural assignments and postings can be a difficult task. It is generally easier to find candidates with the right technical skills than the right cultural and motivational ones, yet, getting the motivational balance wrong can lead to major issues as the deployment progresses. This article looks at some of the issues associated with finding those right personnel for your needs. The post Motivations To Succeed In International Teams...

Duration:00:14:14

Who Are Our Leadership Role Models

12/30/2016
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Finding real, genuine leadership role models in the crowded and highly distorted modern world is a major challenge for aspiring leaders. All too often they are left choosing between a media creation on a TV show or in a movie, a politician or a sporting personality, when the people they really need to be emulating are the business leaders, business leaders who are unable to show their true colours because of corporate spin and media control. The post Who Are Our Leadership Role Models...

Duration:00:12:10

Understanding Your International Project Partners

12/27/2016
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Building a successful international project team relationship requires a broad span of abilities, these range from whatever the technical needs of the role are to many interpersonal and cross cultural abilities. This article discusses some of the ways an organisation can access and utilise many of these skills, skills that can be either internally or externally sourced. The post Understanding Your International Project Partners appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:08:26

Selecting Personnel For Expat Roles

7/12/2016
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Selecting personnel for an expat assignment is a critical activity that can have major impacts on the overall outcome of a project. Pick and send the right people and you will have a solid and productive team who will take care of each other and deliver the best project possible, pick poorly and your project outcomes could be very disappointing and personnel will not have a good experience. The post Selecting Personnel For Expat Roles appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:20:56

Making First Contact In International Projects

6/28/2016
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This article looks at some of the challenges faced when setting up a new virtual team in establishing and building contact between the locations and the personnel. This first contact can be challenging from a cultural and organisational perspective, with many different barriers blocking what is a vital part of the organisational configuration. The post Making First Contact In International Projects appeared first on ULFIRE.

Duration:00:13:14