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Dec 2—5, 2019
4 days
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
USD 1959
USD 489 per day
Feb 3—6, 2020
4 days
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
USD 1959
USD 489 per day
May 11—14, 2020
4 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1959
USD 489 per day
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About the course

A key component of a larger process, understanding systems development – from requirements to test and evaluation – is integral to understanding the Total Life- Cycle Systems Management environment. Through examples, in-depth discussions, and analyses of current events, you will learn strategies to evaluate systems development challenges and gain a comprehensive understanding of how to use systems engineering and life cycle logistics to manage systems. This course is verified to meet the requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) certification at the Senior-Level.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate systems development challenges in the federal system environment
  • Lead the transition and assessment of strategic goals into executable project/program requirements
  • Evaluate the benefits of a project/program management office
  • Evaluate and evolve the development and application of a systems engineering approach to develop IT and non-IT products
  • Evaluate when life cycle logistics approaches are appropriate
  • Formulate an approach using integrated master plan (IMP)/integrated master schedule (IMS) processes
  • Appraise the importance of making informed decisions across the TLCSM

Course Topics

Systems Thinking

  • Exercise: Systems Thinking
  • Understanding Tactical, Strategic, and Systems Thinking
  • Exploring Events, Patterns, and Structures
  • Applying Systems Thinking
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Evaluating the Federal Acquisition Environment for Systems Development

  • The Federal TLCSM Environment
  • Systems Development in the Federal Environment
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Decision Support Systems Requirements

  • Developing a Strategic Plan
  • Leveraging Agency Decision Support Systems
  • Requirements Processes and Decisions
  • Key Processes
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Projects, Programs, and the Project Management Office

  • Project/Program Management Processes and Concepts
  • Organizational Structures and the Program/Project Management Office (PMO)
  • Project/Program Workload and Deliverables
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Systems Engineering

  • Best Practices in Systems Engineering
  • Test and Evaluation Strategies
  • Verification and Validation
  • Reducing Risk
  • Strategies for IT Programs
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Acquisition Logistics

  • Logistics Support Practices
  • Integrated Product Support
  • Interoperability
  • Life Cycle Sustainment
  • Supporting the Systems Life Cycle
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Using the IMP and the IMS

  • The IMP
  • The IMS
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Systems Challenges

  • Space Shuttle Columbia's Last Mission
  • Exercise: Columbia's Last Mission Case Study
  • Lessons Learned
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Putting It All Together

  • Lesson Overview
  • Exercise: Applying Systems Thinking to the Program
  • Exercise: Developing Program Scope, IMS, IMP, and a Risk Management Plan
  • Exercise: Formulating Systems Engineering Approaches
  • Exercise: Analyzing Test and Evaluation Program Elements
  • Exercise: Developing and Evaluating Logistics Concepts
  • Performance Objectives Inventory

Who should attend

This course is intended for program and project management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM Senior Level certification.

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