Leading Systems Engineering Teams

Georgia Tech Professional Education

Georgia Tech Professional Education


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Who should attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and managers who wish to learn effective leadership approaches and skills in highly technical environments. For emerging team leads, we introduce the basic leadership and management approaches and skills required to lead technical teams. For experienced engineers and managers, we relate these to enterprise leadership and provide methods and tools for dealing with complexity and uncertainty in large projects.

About the course

Key competencies of accomplished systems engineers include team leadership, communication skills, problem solving, systems thinking, strong technical acumen, and mastery of personal attributes such as credibility and trust. Sound familiar? Since most systems engineers develop knowledge in engineering and management methods, processes, and tools, but lack training in leadership and systems level thinking, this course is targeted at strengthening team leadership and management skills. Engineering leadership requires a balance of creativity and control. Here, you will learn a number of key concepts that will help you be a more effective “leader/manager” in engineering teams.

What You Will Learn

  • A systems oriented engineering leadership/management model
  • Effective leader/manager characteristics for technical enterprises
  • Leadership skills that empower agile and innovative teams
  • Lifecycle management strategies and project planning in uncertain environments
  • How to lead multi-disciplinary software and hardware systems development
  • How to combine business strategy, system architecture, and requirements
  • Systems thinking methods and tools for leading complex projects

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the characteristics of a good leader/manager and how to improve your team leadership skills.
  • Understand how organizations enable/inhibit team performance.
  • Implement and manage a product/project lifecycle.
  • Learn project planning/management methods that address uncertainty.
  • Learn the core skills of a system architect and how to apply them.
  • Learn to think more holistically about products, projects, and organizations for better decision making.



  • A model for effective engineering leadership and management
  • Leadership and engineering – the effective leader/manager
  • Team leadership for agile and innovative teams


  • Product/project lifecycles and business case
  • Developing and managing a system architecture
  • Managing stakeholders, utility, needs, and requirements
  • Case study: system models for managing a complex situation


  • Project management for complex projects: risk and uncertainty
  • Effective project planning for agile teams
  • Systems thinking and problem solving in project leadership


Tom McDermott

Tom is a leader, educator, and innovator in multiple technology fields. He currently serves as Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as well as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for uncertain environments. He st...

Marty Broadwell

Marty Broadwell is director of Contract Management Support at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), responsible for managing and improving sponsor interaction and contracting vehicles and processes, while ensuring compliance with all FARs, Export Control, Organizational Conflict of Interest, an...

Carlee Bishop

Carlee Bishop is the Executive Director for the Professional Masters Degree in Applied Systems Engineering and Certificate Programs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over 27 years of professional military and defense-related leadership and management experience that includes directi...

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