Ten Principles for Successful Space Programs - 3 Day
This three- day course for leaders, managers, supervisors, systems engineers, and consultants addresses the most challenging problem in the space industry: How do we reduce cost and schedule time while also trying to ensure a successful mission? After examining the driving issues in space-system development, the instructors introduce ten principles for successful space programs. The course then explores key aspects of leadership, management, and engineering within the framework of those principles. The instructors share many examples, case histories, and personal experiences to drive home the key points. The objectives are to provide a fresh focus on quality and mission success, build understanding, spur thought, and help your program improve efficiency of its organization and processes—from the top level of management on down to how every engineer or technician approaches his or her job.
Tom Sarafin is president and chief engineer for a private consulting firm. He has worked full time in the space industry since 1979. He spent over 13 years at Martin Marietta Astronautics, where he contributed to and led activities in structural analysis, design, and test, mostly for large spacecraft. Since founding Instar in 1993, he's consulted for NASA, DigitalGlobe, AeroAstro, Lockheed Martin, and other organizations. He's helped the United States Air Force Academy design, develop, and verify a series of small satellites and has been an advisor to DARPA. He is the editor and principal author of Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch and is a contributing author to Space Mission Analysis and Design. Since 1995, he's taught well over 100 courses to more than 3000 engineers and managers in the space industry.
Poti Doukas is vice president and senior consultant for a private consulting firm. He worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (formerly Martin Marietta Astronautics) from 1978 to 2006. He served as Engineering Manager for the Phoenix Mars Lander program, Mechanical Engineering Lead for the Genesis mission, Structures and Mechanisms Subsystem Lead for the Stardust program, and Structural Analysis Lead for the Mars Global Surveyor. Since joining Instar Engineering in 2006, he has consulted for Lockheed Martin, the U. S. Air Force Academy, AeroAstro, Design Net Engineering, and NASA. He's a contributing author to Space Mission Analysis and Design and to Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch.
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Who Should Attend:
All leaders, managers, supervisors, systems engineers, and consultants involved in procuring, specifying, designing, producing, or testing spacecraft, launch vehicles, or vehicle components.
What constitutes a “successful space program?”
- Why Are Space Missions So Challenging?
Finding Solutions: Ten Principles
- How do we reduce cost and ensure a successful mission?
- A wake-up call
- Common problems in space programs
- Taking time to understand the problem
Building a Mission-Success Culture and an Effective Team
- Establishing a vision
- Faster, better, cheaper: can we get all three?
- Adapting what Deming taught us
- The key to cost-effective, successful space programs
- Ten principles for successful space programs
Instilling Ownership and Responsibility in Contractors
- What business are you in?
- What it means to have a “commercial mentality”
- What “quality” means in the space industry
- Whose job is this?
- Quality starts with the right attitude
- Instilling the right attitude
- Building an effective team, internally and between customers and contractors
- Striving for “profound knowledge”
Overview of System Development
- What “verification” means in the space industry
- Distinguishing between requirements and verification
- Recognizing customer and contractor responsibilities
- You can’t specify quality and mission success!
- Understanding verification
- Using standards without taking away responsibility
Reducing Cost and Risk By Design
- A process for system development
- The role of requirements documents
- Requirements hierarchy
- Controlling interfaces
- Bottoms-up verification
- Proactive versus reactive verification
- Verification logic
Managing Risk with a Quality System
- Strategies for reducing cost while improving quality
- Dispelling some myths
- Keep it simple!
- Reducing the number of parts
- Accommodating likely growth
Responsibly Accepting Risk
- What is a “quality system”?
- Keys to an effective quality system
- Examples of quality systems at multiple levels
- Attending to details
- Controlling the configuration
- Philosophies for product inspection
- Responding to discrepancies
- Managing weight growth
- Designing and establishing a quality system
- What it means to understand a risk
- Common risk rating systems
- Removing subjectivity with expected cost of failure
- Hypothetical examples
- Making the launch decision
- What about the tenth principle?
- Key points from this course
- Ten principles for successful space programs
- Using the principles as a compass
- “One of the best classes I have taken. All engineers, project managers, engineering management, chief engineers, and quality would benefit from this class to assist in looking at right practices in conducting programs.”
- “A great, focused overview that challenges a status quo.”
- “Enjoyed the outside perspective on how to deal with overall engineering processes. Also enjoyed the different real life examples/stories.”
- “Highly recommended for engineers and managers involved in the design and development of aerospace systems.”
- “After this course, I am more aware that ‘ownership’ needs to shift between customers and contractors depending on where you are in the hardware development phase.”
- “This was a very thought provoking course.”
- “Great course!!”
Tuition for this three-day course is $1850 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to ATI@ATIcourses.com.