Date: April 16, 2014 – 5:10 pm – 7:30 pm

Monthly Meeting: Wednesday, April 16th, 5:10 – 7:30 PM

Topic: System Engineer vs Program Managers, Roles and Conflicts; A Study by INCOSE and PMI

Presentation and Report: [Presentation]   [Report]

Presenter:  John Quigley, Operations Manager, SAIC

Location: Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.,  San Diego, CA 92123

This month we have the opportunity to hear thre results of an INCOSE/PMI study on system engineers vs program managers. John Quigley was involved in this study and will present the findings as well as lead a chapter discussion. Plan to attend for an interesting presentation and discussion. Invite your colleagues that are system engineers or PMs.

Presentation Abstract:

INCOSE and the Program Management Institute (PMI) conducted a joint study of the roles and conflicts of the jobs of systems engineer and program manager.  The intent was to first identify if anecdotal reports of conflict had a quantifiable basis.  Where they did, the survey intended to characterize the areas of conflict.  The survey was initiated in October 2012 and MIT was chartered to analyze and present the data.  A summary report was presented at the 2013 INCOSE conference.  This session will cover the survey results and offer a chance to discuss PM and Chief Engineer roles.


John Quigley is currently serving as an operations manager at SAIC focused on Naval programs in the Pacific rim.  His responsibilities primarily involve program oversight for system support contracts for communications and surveillance programs, but also includes some hardware manufacturing.  Emerging programs include the application of 4G LTE wireless technology in defense and homeland security projects to lower cost by using existing commercial infrastructure. Past work at SAIC included lead systems engineering roles in command and control programs ranging from requirements definitions, enterprise architecture and developmental/operational testing.

Prior to joining SAIC John was in the Marine Corps and served in fleet amphibious assault positions as well as on hardware and design teams in the USMC acquisition command.  His final role was as the director of the Marine Corp’s developmental test branch at Camp Pendleton.

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