An essential part of managing a project such as ITER VSRS is governing time efficiently. If I can’t complete everything assigned on the same day, I move it to the next one.
Of some parts of the ITER VSRS project, I have only “a helicopter view”, so I rely considerably on many of my developer colleagues; people from our firmware and hardware departments and the other VSRS contracting companies. It is crucial that all project members are on the same page and that all meeting minutes and action items are duly recorded in a team workspace database, such as Confluence, in our case.
We keep constant track of the ongoing stakeholder activities and check the progress monthly. Productive external coordination is one of the toughest challenges of any contracting engineering project.
It is vital to prevent fragmentation of effort and communication and remain united as an overall team. The more advice is sought and given between the teams, the better. Meet as often as you must.
Honesty, conciseness, cordiality and revealing occasional shortcomings are crucial in ensuring a solid relationship between partners and stakeholders.
The Solution is in Comprehensive Architecture and Organisation
Fusion systems are intricate and can create significant project delays and complications if not designed and developed expertly.
The use of state-of-the-art control and instrumentation software enables both
- the scientific proof of the fusion concept and
- the industrial delivery of commercial fusion powerplants.
Fusion projects, both in the scientific and industrial realms, need well-rounded software engineering teams with members skillfully covering all aspects of the development cycle. The role of technical architects in these teams is essential.
Shorter advancement cycles for early first plasma
Only teams experienced in rapid and iterative yet comprehensive development and testing can overcome project problems and delays, characteristic of fusion.
Tried-and-true managing of development assures shorter advancement cycles and faster system tuning for optimal plasma control, reducing the time to first plasma or to market.
But it is also the technical architects that need the contest for fusion – to conquer the challenges and help cross the final frontier of sustainable and affordable energy.
The VSRS project still has about a year and a half to go before the prototype will be ready – and ITER’s first plasma a step closer. Our team is looking forward to each minute of the effort.