17–19 September 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering

15-16 September 2018      
0800-1700 hrs

Integrating Program Management


The systems engineering and program management evolved since World War II, missions have to be achieved within the constraints of cost, schedule and expected performance.   Systems engineering is attempting to describe and define the optimal solution while the program management is attempting to determine the necessary work components and develop the plan.  Both are keys to the success of a program.  Bringing these two disciplines together with a common success measure requires the integration of functions within programs.  The starting point of improved integration is a foundational understanding of each discipline.  Integration is a reflection of the organizational ability to combine program management and systems engineering in a collaborative and systematic approach in the face of challenges.  Taking this course will learn how to apply systems engineering processes, tools, methods and techniques on program management’s organizing and staffing, planning, performance measurement, decision, and cost control on how to execute an accurate Earned Value Management System (EVMS).  

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the needs of program management and systems engineering integration.
    • Learn how to staff and develop program/project organizational structure, recommended by a systems engineering approach.          
    • Learn how to plan a program/project using systems engineering approach in requirements/specification development, building Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), deriving IMP (Integrated Master Plan)/IMS (Integrated Master Schedule), and defining various levels of project baselines.
    • Learn how to measure program/project performance using systems engineering technical performance measurement and technical reviews and audits processes and methods.
    • Learn how to make good program/project decisions using systems engineering decision analysis processes and methods.
    • Learn how to build work packages utilizing the WBS and organizational structure per systems engineering processes for an accurate Earned Value Measurement System (EVMS).

    Who Should Attend

    This course will be of interest to systems engineers, program/project managers, software engineers, Information Technology Specialist, educators and other professionals that need to learn how to integrate program management and systems engineering.

      Course Outline

        1. Introduction
        • The needs of integration
        • Understanding systems engineering functions
        • Understanding program management functions
        • High synergy between program management and systems engineering
        2. Program/Project Staffing
        • Human basis integration
        • Team organization, development, and maintenance
        3. Organizational Structure
        • Select an organizational structure using a systems engineering approach
        4. Program/Project Planning
        • The project specifications
        • The work breakdown structure (WBS)
        • The milestone schedule
        • Project Baselines
        5. Program/Project Performance Measurement
        • Technical performance measurement
        • Non-technical performance measurement
        • Technical reviews and audits
        6. Program/Project Decision
        • Trade studies processes and methods
        • Decision tree analysis
        7. Cost Control
        • Work packages developed from WBS and organizational structures
        • Present Earned Value Measurement System (EVMS)
        • EVMS Basis
        • Systems engineering approach leading to accurate EVMS

        8. Current Practices leading to erroneous EVMS

        9. Calls to Action
        • Embrace changes and the path forward

      Course Instructor

      John C. Hsu,  Ph.D.,P.E.,AIAA Fellow,ESEP (INCOSE), implemented the first break-through systems engineering (SE) application and a pioneer in developing and establishing SE process, metrics, templates, methods, and tools for the Boeing Company.  He serves as an Adjunct professor at the California State University Long Beach teaching SE and engineering management graduate courses, The University of California at Irvine Certification Program, AIAA professional development short courses, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor and Honorary Professor of Queens University.  He has over 40 years of diversified experience in systems engineering, aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, software development, and engineering management, mainly worked at The Boeing Company, as Technical Manager, Project Manager, and Principal Investigator.  Based on John’s world-renowned pioneer expertise in systems engineering and his current teaching experience of engineering management including program management well qualify him to develop and teach the “Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering” course.  John has created and taught five (5) systems engineering courses at AIAA conferences and onsite teaching.  They are: Systems Engineering Fundamentals, System Requirements Engineering, Systems Engineering Verification and Validation, Decision Analysis, and Network Centric Systems Engineering and Architecting.  John earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a registered Professional Engineer.

      Course Materials

      Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since course notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded to the course.  

      Course Registration

      Pricing and course registration information can be found here.

      AIAA CEUs are available for this course.


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