Building Your Product Development Toolbox

Building Your Product Development Toolbox

As a Systems Engineer who recently underwent a home renovation, I was able to draw parallels between the product development work I do, and that arduous task. In that spirit, to be successful with any project, you need to know what to do, how to do it and have the right tools for the job. Systems Engineering (SE) provides precisely those tools for product developments.

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Key strategies for winning IT talent in competitive markets

Key strategies for winning IT talent in competitive markets

The number of technology-related job opportunities is expected to increase 12 percent by 2024 according to a report by Modis. This might be a great stat for people entering the industry, but it also means that competition for this talent is going to commensurately increase. Anyone who’s been in our industry over the last decade knows this isn’t anything new; just five short years ago we were already struggling to get people to apply. 

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5 phases to get NIST compliant fast

5 phases to get NIST compliant fast

While your calendar is flurried with holiday dates, you should already be aware of one deadline – Dec. 31, 2017. It’s the date by which anyone holding U.S. government data must comply with the security directives surrounding controlled unclassified information (CUI), known as National Institute of Standards (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Revision 1.

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How Systems Engineering Can Help Avoid Product Development Pitfalls

How Systems Engineering Can Help Avoid Product Development Pitfalls

Product development programs all start with great optimism regarding their potential to provide an excellent product to customers, along with excellent profits to the company. But research shows that a majority of product developments end in failure. The reasons for each failure are unique, but the overarching reason often can be described as the lack of systems engineering.

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Three Product Development Traps you Don’t Know You’re Falling In

Three Product Development Traps you Don’t Know You’re Falling In

Product developments are becoming progressively more difficult. A primary reason for this is that the products being developed today aren’t just products — they’re complex, interconnected systems. A system is a collection of individual parts that work together to accomplish something that no single component could do on its own. The result of living in the “Systems Age” is nearly every product developed is both a system on its own, and works as part of a larger, interconnected system.

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Product Development Problems? Time to Upgrade Your "Toolbox"

Product Development Problems? Time to Upgrade Your "Toolbox"

My wife and I recently bought a home. While I wouldn’t call it a fixer-upper, there was a long list of projects to be done to get the home into shape. Carpet removal, wood floor refinishing, new lighting, drywall replacement, paint everywhere, and small electrical and plumbing repairs. With guests arriving in a few short months, I had to get to work.

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Maximizing Your DevOps Investment: Adopting a Culture of Continuous Delivery in Everything You Do

Maximizing Your DevOps Investment: Adopting a Culture of Continuous Delivery in Everything You Do

Implementing a DevOps plan is only the first step of ensuring your organization is positioned for success. Investing in DevOps is just that—an investment. It calls for ongoing analyses of practices and procedures—as well as cross-functional organizational cooperation—in order to reap any lasting rewards.

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DevOps Streamlined: Is Your Current Strategy Working?

DevOps Streamlined: Is Your Current Strategy Working?

If your organization has already adopted a DevOps strategy, then congrats—you’re already strides ahead of other companies by choosing to invest in collaborative, productive approaches to advancing your project processes. However, as objectives and tasks within a project shift over time, your DevOps approach must remain fluid to adequately support the needs of your team and its multilayered practices and procedures.

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If Your Company Works with the Federal Government, You Should Know This

If Your Company Works with the Federal Government, You Should Know This

For government contractors, a deadline looms to ensure they are compliant with the National Institute of Standards’ (NIST) guidelines for ensuring sensitive federal information remains confidential when stored in nonfederal information systems and organizations. Basically, a contractor needs to be NIST compliant if it processes, stores, or transmits sensitive federal information to assist federal agencies in carrying out their core missions and business operations.

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3 Steps to Building Systems Engineering Excellence Within Your Organization

3 Steps to Building Systems Engineering Excellence Within Your Organization

Systems engineering is a methodology that has been used to manage the most complex, technical projects and programs of the 20th Century. It has been a discipline predominantly utilized by the aerospace and defense industries. The demands for technical, complex products and services ushered in by the Information Age now makes systems engineering relevant to almost every industry. 

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