On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 6PM-9PM

Presented by Charles Wasson

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Systems Engineering & Development (SE&D) projects continue to exhibit performance issues … despite investments over the past 30 years in Engineering education, training, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), ISO 15288, Organizational Standard Processes (OSPs), and SE certification by industry, government, academia, professional, and standards organizations.

The state of Systems Engineering today is rooted in outdated, 1980’s SE practices characterized as “abstract ‘brands’ of SE” across academic, industry, government, professional, and standards organizations, not competency standards. Rhetorically, would you board an aircraft with a flight crew qualified on abstract philosophies of flying? Yet, contracts are released everyday to developers proposing “what they think … they think” SE is. Then, if the project fails or has poor performance, Systems Engineering is blamed.

Most Engineers spend, on average, from 50% to 75% of their total career hours making “systems” decisions for which they have no bona fide SE courses. Yet, they graduate with hours of courses in subjectmatter that most will spend < 1% of their total career hours. Exacerbating the problem are SE courses taught by instructors who lack in-depth, industry-based, SE experience over many years of projects. Unfortunately, Systems Engineering research has largely ignored these issues, which cost industry and government billions of dollars every year applying SE practices that are typically ad hoc, ineffective, and inefficient. As Dr. Albert Einstein observed, “Insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result.”

Join us for an informative presentation for new and seasoned professionals – Systems, Electrical/Electronic, Mechanical, Software, et al Engineers and Managers; Project Managers (PMs); Business Analysts; and Executives – by international award winning SE textbook author, Charles S. Wasson, one of today’s leading Thought Leaders in SE&D. This presentation provides insights that will enable you to “lead and shift” outdated SE paradigms in your Enterprise, organization, or project, which are often ad hoc, ineffective, and inefficient, to achieving 21st Century SE & D excellence.

What You Can Expect to Learn
1. Understand how to recognize outdated 1980’s SE paradigms thriving within your SE projects.
2. Understand how these paradigms evolved and reduce SE capabilities and project performance.
3. Learn how you can “lead and shift” these outdated paradigms.
Presenter Bio: CHARLES WASSON, ESEP is Founder and Principal Consultant for Wasson Strategics, LLC (www.wassonstrategics.com). Wasson Strategics, LLC, provides professional training courses, workshops, and consulting services in multi-disciplined Systems Engineering, Technical Project Management, Enterprise / Organizational Development, and Team Development. The firm’s private clients include: small to large 500 enterprises in the Aerospace and Defense, Medical Devices and Healthcare, Automotive, Energy, Transportation, et al sectors. Charles’ professional career experience spans over 45 years of leadership in leading Systems Engineering and Development enterprises that include: Lockheed Martin Corporation; Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE), US Army Research & Development Command; Planning Research Corporation (PRC), and Spacecraft, Inc. (SCI). As an internationally recognized author and instructor in System Engineering and Development, he is an invited guest speaker and panelist at professional meetings and symposia, and commencement speaker. In Dec. 2006, he released the 1st Edition of a new System Engineering text – System Analysis, Design, and Development: Concepts, Principles, and Practices – as part of the highly acclaimed John Wiley and Sons System Engineering and Management Series. The text received the 2006 Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) headquartered in Paris, France. The new 2nd Edition, which was released by John Wiley in 2016 is becoming a landmark text in 21st Century Systems Engineering & Development (SE&D). Charles’ professional affiliations include: the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and Tau Beta Pi. He serves as a co-lead for the PMI-INCOSE PM-SE Integration Strategic Technical Planning Working Group.