This scenario-based training course transforms engineers and technical leaders. Graduates can more efficiently manage multiple projects and effectively lead successful development teams. That means on-time deliveries, on-budget, with happy teammates, delighted customers and a user community that wants you to lead more of their projects.
What Project Managers (new and seasoned) and team members - - - especially engineers - - - will learn:
- The Holy Grail of engineering triads - - - Systems Engineering plus Digital Engineering plus Mission Engineering (SE+DE+ME=IMEF). How you can use it to transform the way you and your teams conceive, design, develop, field and support complicated defense systems.
- How to speak the language of modern, Joint Force Military Operations professionals, as you design and develop new capabilities for defense.
- How to ruthlessly sort through competing concepts for new defense capabilities, selecting only those that can make it through to prototyping (getting across the “valley of death” in the US Pentagon’s Byzantine system).
- Why your discussions with users have been less useful than they could be - - - learn when to contact each of the four military User Groups, and what to say. Mixing this up can cost you your entire project! Learn the things each group will insist on hearing from you, before they tell you anything.
- How to find helpful users, how to get them to WANT to meet with you, and how to get maximum engagement and insights from them.
- The role of Human-Centered Design and the User-Driven Development Framework, and and why they need to be brought into your team EARLY for concept assessments.
- Why Problem Framing is so essential and how a solid PF methodology can transform your concept selection process. (we'll give you a complete methodology to use and let you practice with it in class)
- What each military service buys, and why: The service-specific biases and systems-related needs of each US military service. How the US Air Force, US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps and US Space Force look at problems (hot buttons, prejudices and worldviews that impact procurements).
- The key skills for managing yourself and your project, while leading your teammates.
- How to integrate new system-development tools with Digital Engineering processes and models including Digital Twins and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).
- Using two foolproof ways to get pound-on-the-desk levels of users’ support for your systems: the Stakeholder Matrix and special User-Interviews (both structured and unstructured) and when to use each type.
- How to rapidly build a SPOC - Single Page Operations Concept - to get to the heart of any issue/problem your team or customer faces
- Getting a strong competitive advantage with five crucial tools that are completely missing from US DOD’s Mission Engineering toolkit.
- CAFEs - the ultimate tool for organizing and leading multi-team cooperative efforts (prevents misunderstandings) and for clearly laying-out subsystem architectures and dependencies
- Operations Considerations – key issues and questions that only experienced C4ISR users know to ask
- Scenarios – the power of concise, carefully crafted stories, mission threads and vignettes and how to build them quickly using the Events Listing Timeline tool
- Project-Mastery Principles – test your own skill by looking at mistakes made on dozens of defense projects and teams, via case studies and "what would you have done" exercises
- Flexible Focus – learn the mind-hacks that professional project team leaders use to keep projects on track, relevent and viable.
- Unflinching Honesty – confidently lead teams and have bosses and customers love you, without burning-out
- Critical and Creative Thinking - - - the skills essential to successful systems design and project management (and how to avoid the pitfalls)
- Technical Concept of Operations (TechCONOPS) – a living Rosetta Stone tool for documenting and tracking complex and complicated projects (they are not the same).
- Writing powerful technical reports, proposals, test results, after-action reports, etc. that people will actually read and understand. Stand-out as a technical writer after this 2-hour module.
Over 150 person-years of successful C4ISR/weapons project management and team leadership experience have been captured along with lessons learned and hidden pitfalls to avoid. Designed for everyone from new, mid-level and senior engineers; project managers; technical leads and executives.
Invest 16 Hours to Completely Transform Your Professional Life and Career: This virtual class is taught over 4 consecutive half-days (4 hours per day, 1100-1500 hrs US East Coast time). The instructor is also available for an hour after class each day (no additional cost) to answer questions and coach.
Not Taught Anywhere Else: Updated quarterly, this training is available nowhere else in the world. It has been taught many times to General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Raytheon Missile Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, DARPA, DISA and all branches of the US military, plus the nations of Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, and Italy.
No previous project management experience is required.
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