Systems Thinking Across the Project Lifecycle

Systems Thinking Across the Project Lifecycle

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An Integrated Systems Engineering Approach

Course Description:

This two-day course will use a threaded case study to help participants define and utilize effective mental models to analyze and respond to challenges arising across the project lifecycle. Challenges from the following contexts will be addressed: systems thinking context, technical baseline context, and project management/safety and mission assurance context. This will be accomplished by immersing participants in strategic and tactical program and project lessons learned spanning systems engineering, project management and safety and mission assurance, as well as technically-detailed topics. Through guided exercises and discussions, participants will be challenged to critically evaluate problems and solutions that have been faced by NASA, United States Department of Defense and industry project teams. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating the context for issues and the development of courses of action along with the consequences of decisions.  With over 3,000 alumni, this course is designed for team practitioners/technical engineers, team/subsystem leads, project managers/project systems engineers and program managers/chief engineers.

At the end of this course you will be able to:
✦ Describe and apply NASA and other organizations’ lessons learned resources
✦ Develop decision-making frameworks for systems engineering and project management challenges and apply them to recommend solutions
✦ Critically evaluate lessons learned from various programs and projects and describe how they can be applied to your own NASA responsibilities
✦ Formulate plans for addressing typical problems faced in NASA programs and projects and use them to defend specific courses of action
✦ Demonstrate systems-thinking in the context of interpreting lessons learned and case studies as they apply to specific program and project challenges

✦ Module 1: Space Systems Engineering and Mission Design
   • Introduction to Applied Space Systems Engineering
   • Designing Space Missions
✦ Module 2: Mission Constraints and Enablers
   • Space Environment
   • Orbit Design and Applications
   • Launch System Services
   • Technical Risk Management and TRL
   • Digital Engineering Tools and Techniques
✦ Module 3: Spacecraft Design
   • Payloads
   • Spacecraft Architecture
   • Spaceflight Software
✦ Module 4: Subsystem Design
   • EPS
   • Propulsion
   • Comm
   • Thermal Control
   • Structures and Configuration
✦ Module 5: Mission and System Implementation
   • Quality/Product Assurance and Standards
   • Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV)
   • Mission Operations and Ground Systems
   • Cost and Schedule Modeling
✦ Threaded case study throughout

Each participant will receive:

  • • A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations
  • • An e-copy of the Space Mission Analysis & Design-CORE textbook

Sample Handout – coming soon!

              Course Textbook

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