This course provides an in-depth introduction to systems engineering and technical management: What is it? Why is it needed? Who uses it? The systems engineering process is described from requirements capture/definition and Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) development through compliance verification planning and implementation, risk management, trade studies, configuration management, and system integration. An introduction to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is included. A practical overview of the technical management processes and responsible parties is linked to systems engineering practices and methods with special emphasis on additional technical management pieces (politics, corporate reputation, resources) and project activities (safety, reliability (RAM), operations, quality, human factors).  An introduction to the “system of systems” mentality and current viewpoints surrounding the terminology are included. An introduction to the “system of systems” mentality and current viewpoints surrounding the terminology are included and use of technical reviews and technical performance measures (TPMs) for system development is applied to the system development process. Practical application exercises allow participants to implement the skills gained during the course sessions.

The Requirements Management for Successful Systems Course demonstrates how important a solid set of system requirements at the initiation of a project is to the successful integration of that system. Detailed instruction on stakeholder analysis is provided and participants learn how to capture, develop, analyze, and review system requirements. Structuring requirement statements for maximum benefit to downstream system development activities is described and the continuous interaction between requirements generation and system design is demonstrated. Participants are instructed in the allocation of requirements to various levels of system architecture as well as the direct impact requirements have on verification and integration activities.

The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) framework provides a sequence of activities for system designers and developers to follow. The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Models course provides an overview of the Concept and Architecture Development process, the most common SDLC methodologies, and how to apply them effectively. Participants will learn how concepts are generated from existing requirements, new ideas, and other sources and how to transform those concepts into a structured approach to system development.  This course includes functional analysis, preliminary system architecture development and selection of a final, physical configuration that meets performance and project requirements. Participants will learn about SDLC methodologies including Waterfall, Agile, Iterative, Spiral, and V-Model, as well as the process and practice in creating and developing the solution architecture at all levels of decomposition. The advantages and disadvantages of each SDLC methodology is discussed, and participants will gain the knowledge needed to choose between these methods, tools and techniques to efficiently move a project from concept to implementation. Group workshops are conducted to demonstrate learning.

The Integration, Verification and Validation course starts with an introduction to the verification process and clarification of terminology. Verification methods including Test, Analysis, Demonstration, and Inspection are defined and selection of the appropriate method for each system requirement is explained. Planning is covered in detail including customizing the verification process for your project needs to avoid costly design and schedule impacts late in the project lifecycle. Participants learn how to integrate the verification process into overall project management and systems engineering activities. Detailed knowledge on validation of system functions is provided and participants learn why testing is not the only option for showing compliance with performance requirements. The importance of focusing on interface verification is demonstrated to ensure successful system integration and study the methods for verification closure and rollup.

The CSEP Power Prep course provides specific guidance for certification through INCOSE and an in-depth review of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook. This course introduces INCOSE and the CSEP professional certification program and includes study tips, application guidance, certification requirements and other details on the certification process.  Participants will review the entire INCOSE SE Handbook, including Life Cycle stages and the Technical Processes from requirements to architecture and integration, verification, and validation. Technical Management, Agreement, and Organizational Project-Enabling Processes, Tailoring Approaches, Cross-Cutting SE Methods, and Specialty Engineering Activities are covered in detail.  Sample exam questions, study exercises, and industry examples are included throughout the program to ensure a solid foundation for final study prior to the exam.