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Program Management in Model-Based Systems Engineering Webinar

Program Management in Model-Based Systems Engineering Webinar

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In the dynamic landscape of project execution, the synergy between Program Management (PM) and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) plays a pivotal role in determining the success or failure of initiatives. This webinar, titled "Program Management in MBSE," delves deep into the intricacies of this relationship, exploring key aspects that contribute to program triumph.


1. Understanding Program Failures: A Critical Analysis

The webinar initiates with a comprehensive examination of the common pitfalls leading to program failures. Among the primary reasons identified are:

  • Undefined Executive-Level Projects: Programs often falter when projects lack clear definition at the executive level.
  • Lack of Team-based Project Plans: Project implementation plans not developed collaboratively within the team environment.
  • Insufficient Time for Planning and Systems Engineering: Inadequate time allocation to planning and systems engineering.
  • Lack of Well-Defined Processes: Programs suffer when well-defined processes are absent.

The repercussions of program failure are substantial, ranging from massive cost overruns and long schedule delays to program cancellations and damage to both life and reputation.


2. Bridging the Gap: Program Management vs. Systems Engineering

Addressing the question of differentiation between Program Management and Systems Engineering, the webinar explores their respective principles:

SE Principles:

  • Requirements Definition
  • Accountability
  • Iterative Decomposition
  • Measurements
  • Standards-based Control
  • Optimization
  • Relationships
  • Traceability

PM Principles:

  • Project Goals Definition
  • Accountability
  • Work Breakdown
  • Metrics
  • Project Control
  • Corrective Action
  • Relationships
  • Responsibility

Emphasizing that both principles aim to optimize cost, schedule, and performance, the webinar underscores their distinct roles—one for the program and the other for the system.


3. Enhancing Program Management through Systems Engineering

The session then transitions into strategies for Systems Engineering to better support Program Management. Recognizing the critical role Systems Engineers (SEs) play in program success, the webinar outlines their key responsibilities:

  • Developing requirements for design engineering.
  • Supporting design engineers in optimization.
  • Conducting Verification and Validation (V&V).
  • Providing continuous support to the program manager with design progress information, considering budgetary and schedule limitations.


4. Navigating Agile Waters: Program Management and Systems Engineering Collaboration

Addressing the contemporary need for agility in program management, the webinar sheds light on an innovative "Middle-Out" process. This approach significantly shortens the time required to develop system requirements through a robust, data-driven methodology.

Middle-Out Diagram


5. Agile SE Processes: A Roadmap for Success

Drawing from the expertise of Rick Dove in the Agile Systems Engineering Lifecycle Model, the webinar provides a detailed roadmap for incorporating agile methodologies into Program Management and Systems Engineering:

  • Conducting SE activities in parallel with software development.
  • Utilizing SE processes and SETR events for functional requirement development.
  • Developing Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and monitoring through SE processes.
  • Supporting software development with operational testing and transition planning.
  • Implementing tailored Model-Based Reviews for cost and schedule efficiency.


6. Integration of SE and PM: The Innoslate Advantage

Highlighting technological support for the integration of Systems Engineering and Program Management, the webinar explores Innoslate, a tool based on LML (LML, which provides an integrated ontology for PM and SE). Key features include:

  • PM Dashboard with Calendar and other widgets.
  • Kanban Boards.
  • Gantt Charts.
  • Process Modeling.
  • Discrete Event and Monte Carlo Simulations with cost and schedule factors.
  • Risk Matrix and Risk Burndown Charts.

In conclusion, the "Program Management in MBSE" webinar promises to be a knowledge-packed event, offering insights and strategies to enhance the effectiveness of program management through the integration of model-based systems engineering principles. Don't miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of your programs and projects.

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