Understanding the Three Stages of Change

Change is a common thread that runs through all businesses regardless of size, industry and age. They say the only constant in the world is change. Our world is changing fast and, as such, organizations must change quickly too. Organizations that handle change well thrive, whilst those that do not may struggle to survive. The concept of “change management” is a familiar one in most businesses today. But, how businesses manage change (and how successful they are at it) varies enormously depending on the nature of the business, the change and the people involved. And a key part of...

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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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Trying Out the Role of Project Leader

Everybody knows I’m a Systems Engineer. Everybody knows I like it, and it fits me. At least, that’s what I like to think. What seems not everybody know is that I don’t want to change. In any case, not yet. A new responsibility has been pushed in front of me: taking care of a new project’s technical leading. I see this as an opportunity: of course I accepted. As I see it, this is a great way to get more exposure to things that would be difficult to experience otherwise. In part, there are aspects encountered by a System Engineer in his daily life (as working with a lot...

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