The INCOSE Role of Systems Engineers

During the past thirty years, managers have found it advantageous, on projects of moderate size and above, to designate individuals whose primary responsibilities are systems oriented. These people are the “glue” that binds all the sometimes diverse system elements together. They provide the decentralized leadership and paths for the up/down communications that must occur in 1) flowing “down” the system level and project perspectives and 2) flowing “up” the component and subsystem perspectives of problems and difficulties with implementing designs and the...

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On Motivation

Thinking about the way to maximize people’s involvement in your project, and full-heartedly follow you and push forward your project. How do you motivate them? There is nothing really new on this topic, people studied this area long and thoroughly. David J. Schwartz spoke about it in the The Magic of Thinking Big, illustrated by taking some largely ignored routes, like treating people the human way: “What’s the human approach?” Listening to opinions, never criticize but always praise publicly, using the sandwich approach to feedback … Recent research on human...

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“I will try ..” is a path to failure

If the Pygmalion effect describes the dynamic in which an individual lives up to great expectations, the set-up-to-fail syndrome explains the opposite. It is the Golem effect. But I’d like to  see it here from an own personal perspective: an internal view. Why are we so afraid to fail? I think that a great cause of failure is one’s mindset, right from the beginning. We can sabotage ourselves before we even begin, afraid of failure or embarrassment. We are not sure of ourselves, exterior factors, the very conjuncture we can expect, it’s a new / unknown path, close to the...

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RIP Google Reader

A moment of silence for Google Reader… RIP [View the story "RIP Google Reader" on Storify]

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Lessons Learned: Negators and Affirmators

There are two “extremes” of people I think about today. Both types can be found all over the place, trying to do their best work, but being slightly held back by their own extra cautiousness or optimism. One is the overly pessimistic, always seeing things negatively. When you approach this kind, he always finds you a dozen of reasons why something cannot be done, all these is a flash as if just pulling them out of his sleeve right on the spot, without any effort. If you don’t watch out  you’re starting to believe yourself, and in two moves you’re convinced. Just...

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