Category Archives: Systems Engineering and Project Management

This blog posts news about systems engineering, including links to industry news and articles, and announcements of continuing education for professionals who are working in systems engineering and project management.

This was a insightful comment about the Space Shuttle. What is your opinion? Please comment.

This was a insightful comment about the Space Shuttle. What is your opinion? Please comment either pro or con..

Now that the last Space Shuttle has landed safely, it is time to judge the whole program. The original purpose of the Space Shuttle was to achieve low cost and routine space transportation. NASA originally promised that all development costs would be amortized and expected costs to be about $100 per payload pound. Production of expendable rockets was stopped. Unfortunately, the real cost of Shuttle missions has been about $1.5-billion per flight and payload capacity never reached within seven tons of the design point. In short, the Shuttle cost far more than the expendable launch vehicles by about an order of magnitude. What would the resources wasted on the Space Shuttle have bought if a more cost effective system had been used over the past three decades?

Are Your “Soft Skills” Getting Soft?

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“Soft Skills” May Help You Get a Job and Keep It

In a 2008 survey of more than 2,000 businesses in the state of Washington, employers said entry-level workers in a variety of professions were lacking in several areas, including problem solving, conflict resolution and critical observation.

You’ll likely see these “soft skills” in job descriptions, after demands for technical qualifications. Employment experts agree that tech skills may get you an interview, but these soft skills will get you the job and keep it.

Since 1984, ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Some of our courses cover these “soft skills” as well.

One of these “soft skills” is communication. You don’t have to be an excellent speaker or writer. It does mean you have to express yourself well, whether it’s writing a coherent memo, persuading others with a presentation or just being able to calmly explain to a team member what you need. Communication is a keystone of effective project management. Some of our project management courses are summarized below.

ATI’s PROJECT DOMINANCE COURSE

This two-day course is designed for engineers, scientists and managers who work in the projects domain on complex systems. Students will learn how to build a cancellation-resistant project, how to form and lead a world-class project team and how to lead the entire effort to a successful conclusion. Cross-discipline and inter-generational techniques are taught and key topics are reinforced with small-team exercises. Attendees are given the Meyers-Briggs© assessment – many discover mismatches in temperament and assignment. All learn how to be much more effective on Project Teams.

ATI’S PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW AND LEADERSHIP COURSE

This class is an introductory class to the Project Management discipline. It includes the basics of Project Management as well as Leadership as it pertains to Project Management. This course is intended for project managers and team leaders who need a good foundation for further study in Project Management. There are no prerequisites for this course.

ATI’S FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE

Today’s complex systems present difficult challenges to develop. From military systems to aircraft to environmental and electronic control systems, development teams must face the challenges with an arsenal of proven methods. Individual systems are more complex, and systems operate in much closer relationship, requiring a system-of-systems approach to the overall design.

This three-day workshop presents the fundamentals of project management approach to solving complex problems. What you will learn:

• How to prepare a sound plan for your project and maximize your probability of success

• How to achieve Buy-In from the people who will perform the work on the project

• How to deal with conflict and also to use it to the advantage of your project

• Techniques for monitoring and controlling the outcome of your project

• Effective approaches to managing multiple projects

Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes

Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses.

Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube

After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About ATI and the Instructors

Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.



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Can You Pass the Certified Systems Engineers Professional (CSEP) Exam?

Will YOU be part of the supply?
Will YOU be part of the supply?
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Certified Systems Engineers Are In Demand

Just as you would not attempt a state bar exam without studying, you should not attempt the CSEP (Certified Systems Engineer Professional) exam without preparation. By taking a preparatory course, you can yield great benefits in performance, stress reduction and overall, greatly improve your chances of passing the exam.

While the economy is down, the demand for systems engineers is still growing — but supply is low. To assist you in your career, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has added a CSEP preparation course to its curriculum. Systems engineering is a profession, practice and way of doing business that concentrates on the design and application of the whole system to produce a successful product or system.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has established a Professional Certification Program to provide a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of systems engineers. The INCOSE CSEP rating is a coveted milestone in the career of a systems engineer, demonstrating knowledge, education and experience and is of high value to systems organizations.

Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes

Determine for yourself the value of our course before you sign up. For example click here to see our CSEP slide samples or click here to see ATI CSEP on YouTube.

After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About ATI and the Instructors

The instructor for this class is Eric Honour, an international consultant and lecturer, who has nearly forty year career of complex systems development & operation. He was Founder and former President of INCOSE. He has led the development of eighteen major systems, including the Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation systems and the Battle Group Passive Horizon Extension System.

Dates, Times and Locations

The dates and locations for our CSEP courses in 2011 are listed here:

February 11-12, 2011, Orlando, FL

March 30-31, 2011, Minneapolis, MN

September 16, 2011, Chantilly, VA

For a complete ATI course list, please access the links below.

Sincerely,

The ATI Courses Team

P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.

Mark N. Lewellen
Consultant/Instructor
Washington, DC
240-882-1234

ATI Features World Class Instructors for Our Short Courses

Washington, DC
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
“Even I Could Learn a Thing or Two from ATI”
“Even I Could Learn a Thing or Two from ATI”
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Since 1984 ATI has provided leading-edge public courses

and onsite technical training

The short technical courses from the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems.

The classes are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time.

ABOUT ATI AND THE INSTRUCTORS

Our mission here at the ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

For example:

Robert Fry worked from 1979 to 2007 at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he was a member of the Principal Professional Staff. He is now working at System Engineering Group (SEG) where he is Corporate Senior Staff and also serves as the company-wide technical advisor. Throughout his career he has been involved in the development of new combat weapon system concepts, development of system requirements, and balancing allocations within the fire control loop between sensing and weapon kinematic capabilities. He has worked on many aspects of the AEGIS combat system including AAW, BMD, AN/SPY-1, and multi-mission requirements development. Missile system development experience includes SM-2, SM-3, SM-6, Patriot, THAAD, HARPOON, AMRAAM, TOMAHAWK, and other missile systems.

Robert teaches ATI’s Combat Systems Engineering course

Wayne Tustin has been president of Equipment Reliability Institute (ERI), a specialized engineering school and consultancy he founded in Santa Barbara, CA, since 1995. His BSEE degree is from the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. Wayne’s first encounter with vibration was at Boeing/Seattle, performing what later came to be called modal tests, on the XB-52 prototype of that highly reliable platform. Subsequently he headed field service and technical training for a manufacturer of electrodynamic shakers, before establishing another specialized school on which he left his name.

Based on over 50 years of professional experience, Wayne has written several books and literally hundreds of articles dealing with practical aspects of vibration and shock measurement and testing.

Wayne teaches ATI’s Fundamentals of Random Vibration & Shock Testing course.

Thomas S. Logsdon, M.S

For more than 30 years, Thomas S. Logsdon, M. S., has worked on the Navstar GPS and other related technologies at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Aerospace, and Rockwell International. His research projects and consulting assignments have included the Transit Navigation Satellites, The Tartar and Talos shipboard missiles, and the Navstar GPS. In addition, he has helped put astronauts on the moon and guide their colleagues on rendezvous missions headed toward the Skylab capsule. Some of his more challenging assignments have centered around constellation coverage studies, GPS performance enhancement, military applications, spacecraft survivability, differential navigation, booster rocket guidance using the GPS signals and shipboard attitude determination.

Tom Logsdon has taught short courses and lectured in thirty one different countries. He has written and published forty technical papers and journal articles, a dozen of which have dealt with military and civilian radionavigation techniques. He is also the author of twenty nine technical books on various engineering and scientific subjects. These include Understanding the Navstar, Orbital Mechanics: Theory and Applications, Mobile Communication Satellites, and The Navstar Global Positioning System.

Courses Mr. Logsdon teaches through ATI include:

Understanding Space

Fundamentals of Orbital & Launch Mechanics

GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space and

Strapdown Inertial Navigation Systems

COURSE OUTLINE, SAMPLERS, AND NOTES

Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses.

Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube.

After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

For the dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below.

Sincerely,

The ATI Courses Team

P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.

Mark N. Lewellen
Consultant/Instructor
Washington, DC
240-882-1234

Why Not Give Yourself the Gift of a Short Course this Holiday Season?

Washington, DC
Monday, November 29, 2010
Is One of These Yours?
Is One of These Yours?
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When Did You Last do Something for Your Career?

Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems.

ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date.

Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems.

Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues.

Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes

Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses.

Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube.

After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information.

About ATI and the Instructors

Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses.

ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology.

Dates, Times and Locations

For the dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below.

Sincerely,

The ATI Courses Team

P.S Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.

Mark N. Lewellen
Consultant/Instructor
Washington, DC
240-882-1234

NASA Ranks In the Top 5 Best Places to Work In The Federal Government/ Goddard Best In NASA

The Partnership for Public Service 2010 ratings for the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government placed NASA as number 5.

NASA’s workforce continues to score well on the survey among the 32 large federal agencies. The best places to work index is based on employee responses to questions about whether they are satisfied with their jobs and organization. A key factor is also whether employees would recommend their organization to others as a good place to work.

In addition to this overall index, agencies and subcomponents also were scored in workplace environment categories such as effective leadership, employee skills/mission match and work/life balance. NASA was among the leaders in several categories, including effective leadership, support for diversity, teamwork, training and performance based rewards. The complete listing of the rankings and scores for federal components is available at:

The Best Places to Work rankings are the most comprehensive and authoritative rating and analysis of employee satisfaction and commitment in the federal government. The 2010 rankings are the fifth edition of this ongoing series, following the 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009 versions.

2010 Overall Index Scores
Rank Agency 2010 2009 % Change
1 Nuclear Regulatory Commission 81.8 80.7 1.30
2 Government Accountability Office 81.6 76.6 6.60
3 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 79.2 0.00
4 Smithsonian Institution 76.2 0.00
5 National Aeronautics and Space Administration 74.2 71.7 3.50
6 Social Security Administration 71.6 67.0 6.80
7 Department of State 70.8 69.1 2.40
8 General Services Administration 69.8 67.5 3.40
9 Department of Justice 69.3 68.0 1.90
10 Intelligence Community 69.0 70.9 -2.60

Of the subagency rankings NASA Goddard ranked highest for NASA

7 7 Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA) 79.5 74.5 6.80

11 11 John C. Stennis Space Center (NASA) 77.0 72.0 7.00
12 12 Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (NASA) 76.7 78.7 -2.50

Model and Pattern Based Systems Engineering

ATIcourses offers a number of professional development courses in Systems Engineering and CSEP exam preparation. This may interest you.

Joe Jenney has sent a message.
Date: 8/10/2010

Subject: New Book On Sys. Engineering
Scott Armstrong, Mike Gangl, Rick Kwolek and I are writing a book on model and pattern based systems engineering. We are posting articles on a blog (http://themanagersguide.blogspot.com/2010/08/evolution-of-engineering-methods-ii.html ) Later the posts will be grouped into chapters and posted for download on my web site at ( https://sites.google.com/site/themanagersguide/system-engineering ) I also plan to add MP3 versions if it works ok without figures. The blogs and chapters will enable readers to study and learn about modern methods of systems engineering that save enormous amounts of time and money during the systems engineering phase of the development of systems and products. At the completion of posting all the blogs we intend to publish the collection in a book that will be a companion handbook to the DoD’s Sys. Eng. Fundamentals, IEEE 1220 standards for sys. eng. and the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook. Alert engineers and managers you know that will benefit from learning modern methods that save time and money.

Global Hawk UAS and and the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) system

ATI teaches courses on unmanned aerial surveillance system (UAS). ATIcourses posts interesting updates on UAS systems.

UASCOMMON ‘GLOBAL HAWK’ EFFORT: US Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz, & US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead, signed 12 June a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA seeking to maximize commonality, eliminate redundant effort and increase interoperability between the Air Force’s RQ-4 ‘Global Hawk’ high latitude/long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial surveillance system (UAS), and the US Navy’s Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) system, which utilizes the same UAS platform. The MoA directs specific actions to achieve an integrated training, maintenance and operational approach based on platform similarities, and directs the establishment of a Synergies Working Group to identify basing, personnel, aircraft C2, logistics, and data requirements commonalities. Initial operating capability for forward-deployed, land-based, remotely-operated BAMS units is scheduled for 2015. The ‘Global Hawk’ platform has previously been advanced as the most logical solution to the Australia’s project Air 7000/1B requirements.

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New Contract – Alion Science and Technology (Alion) received a 5-year, $71.8 million task order under the $5.3 billion Seaport-E contract vehicle

ADVANCED SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (AS&T) TEAM PARTNER SUPPORTS NAVY’S PEO SHIPS:
ATI tracks work related to Navy ship deveopment and training. This may be of interest to our blog readers.

The US Navy’s Program Executive Office, Ships (PEO Ships) manages the design and construction of 11 major ship classes and a range of small boats and craft. Since its creation in November 2002, PEO Ships has delivered 35 major warships and hundreds of small boats and craft from more than 20 US shipyards and boat builders. The PEO Ships Acquisition Management (AM) Directorate is responsible for the acquisition of government-furnished equipment (GFE) and government-furnished information (GFI) systems for ship classes. Recently, Alion Science and Technology (Alion) received a 5-year, $71.8 million task order under the $5.3 billion Seaport-E contract vehicle to provide acquisition management support to the PEO Ships AM Directorate…Under the task order, Alion will provide program management, business and financial planning, acquisition and configuration management, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation support to the directorate. Alion will help PEO Ships AM acquire and manage GFE and GFI for several ship classes, including the DDG 51 destroyer, DDG-1000 destroyer, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Sea Frame, Cruiser Modernization, Destroyer Modernization, LCS Mission Module program and the Egyptian Fast Missile Craft (EFMC) programs. The task order runs until Dec 16/14. The task order was issued under Alion’s Seaport-E contract managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
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What Is Your Favorite Motivational Quote?

ATIcoursescom belongs to the LinkedIn Profession network. The Emarketing group started a question “What Is Your Favorite Motivational Quote?” So far there have been more than 2500 comments and quotes. Since these are only open to the Emarketing group, I thought that I would ask you for your favorite motivational quote on our open blog and have included excepts from the LinkedIn group as examples that others found meaningful. Please post your favorite motivational quote.

If you are a LinkedIn member, I am an open to network and accept all US requests to connect.

Motivational Quotes

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden

Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” General George S. Patton

Live today like there is no tomorrow.

Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly – Robert Kennedy

To achieve, is to believe.
To attain, is to aspire.

You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.” — George Lucas, director

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work. -Thomas Watson Sr.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Good enough is often good enough–you’re not always building a piano.

Never Never Never Give Up! ~ Winston Churchill

“Some men see things as they are and say why.
I dream things that never were and say why not.” Edward Kennedy’s Eulogy to JFK

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, Either way you are right” – Henry Ford

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” – Joel Barker

Life is like an onion.. to experience it, you peel it off, layer by layer, and, sometimes, you weep.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

“Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way”.

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