When I joined VECTOR, I could only imagine helping my community by preparing for using my radio to send messages for our Emergency Social Services (ESS). To help my community react and recover. After a few years as a director on the VECTOR board, I started extending my imagination into working with our city staff to prepare our organization to send messages for ESS and City staff. I was wrong.

Can design engineers benefit from empirical process control methods? Some have suggested we use pull planning. I thought for a time that we might figure out the kanban flow for the design workflow or employ the scrum framework.

  • Kanban
  • Scrum
  • Engineering Project Management
  • engineering consulting - civil engineering
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At SIGGRAPH 2018 Vancouver, [Claudia Davis][1] hosted a Birds of a Feather session which suggested that team leaders needed to use emotionally intelligent methods on collaborative pipeline-based projects. Working through her reading recommendations is helping me see more.

In Emphasizing Empathy in the Pipeline Process, a packed room talked about the issues and solutions that revolve around a project manager's empathy and communication. Claudia shared a fascinating model of key abilities a good project manager needs to succeed, which I tried to capture in my rather cryptic notes.

Empirical Process Control: "steering" a project that involves volatility, uncertainty, complexity and adaptability.

I wonder what an actual engineering cooperative would look like. In 2016, I learned about [Sustainable Solutions Group][1], a professional services coop working with cities to solve problems emerging when planning for climate change.