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Leader Vol. 2 No. 2, May 2014

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Editor in Chief Bob Scully Vol. 2 No. 1 February 2014

From the President – Thank you for reading our latest issue of Leader. This is an active and exciting year for TMC: as we announced in February, the IEEE Technical Activities Board approved our transition to Society. The next step is formal approval from the IEEE Board of Directors meeting in June, after which we expect to begin communicating about the new Society, in time for the fall membership period.
If you would like to learn more, please visit our booth at the IEEE Sections Congress in Amsterdam 22-24 August, where I will also be giving a presentation in the "Ignite!" format. I look forward to talking with you!

New to management? - Have you recently become a technology manager? Remember, one of the first things you need to do is to set expectations with your team members. You now manage the organization and your team will follow the strategies that you define and operate under the guidelines that you set. If you have not communicated your expectations to your team members, it would be unreasonable to expect them to know what they are. Take the time and make an effort to communicate to your team members what's important to you. They will appreciate your extra efforts to communicate and you will appreciate their extra efforts to deliver based on your expectations.

Communicating and over communicating - You might have heard people saying that "there is never too much communication" or "I'd rather over communicate than not communicate at all". It is absolutely true that there is never too much communication, especially by e-mail, when it comes to communicating with your boss, your customers or your team members. Use common sense to communicate critical information with your manager and also use common sends to communicate with your customers and team members. You will find that most people prefer to receive more than necessary information than no information at all. If it is information they don't care to read they can always delete your e-mail or just ignore it. The alternative is that they missed reading about information that is critical for them.

Do you remember Al Rubenstein? Al was the first editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, which is published by the Technology Management Council. Al served as EIC for 27 years, from 1958-1985, a period of dynamic growth of the field. He passed away last year at the age of 90. The Transactions has issued a call for papers for a special issue in Al’s memory. Submissions are due November 1, 2014. Further information is available from the special issue editors Elie Geisler and CharlesThompson.

Would you like to know more about business models and tactics in new product creation? How about knowledge transfer in the flat panel display industry, or the influence of design characteristics on the valuation of highly innovative projects? All of these questions, and eleven other timely articles, can be found in the May issue of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Each article has been extensively reviewed, a process that assures the contents are reliable. You can go to IEEE Xplore and check them out, or subscribe to the journal. If time is short, you can read the summaries. Better yet, the Editorial at the beginning of the journal summarizes the relevance and usefulness of all fourteen articles.


International Technology Management Conference (ITMC 2014) - Chicago IL, USA June 12 - 15 2014 Registration is still open for our annual flagship conference at http://ieee-tmc.org/itmc2014-registration. The Organizing Committee has assembled a great program and set of tutorials. You can browse the complete preliminary program http://www.xcdsystem.com/ITMC2014/program. Make your reservations now and join us in Chicago.

Ethics’ 2014 - The IEEE Ethics 2014 symposium is May 23-24 at the Chicago O’Hare Marriott. The IEEE Technology Management Council is a Financial Co-sponsor. Keynote speaker on Friday is Dr. Gary Blank, IEEE-USA President. On Saturday the Plenary speakers are Boeing CTO Dr. John Tracy, and Boeing VP of Ethics and Business Conduct, Ellen Martin. Take a look at the preliminary program for more information about the interesting papers and workshops. Visit http://sites.ieee.org/ethics-conference

Breaking News - IEEE Ethics 2015 will be in Vancouver, B.C., tentatively in October. A Call For Papers will be forthcoming.


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