Product Development & Systems Engineering
What you'll learn
- How to develop complex products or systems
- How to apply "systems thinking" by approaching problem solving holistically, from the top-down.
- What a product hierarchy is and how to use them.
- How to define system boundaries and primary interfaces in a context diagram.
- How to identify, involve and elicit requirements from system users and key stakeholders.
- How to compartmentalize your need / problem set into manageable domains, ultimately arriving at solutions from the "top-down".
- Who a Systems Engineer is and what their roles and responsibilities are.
- How Systems Engineering will add value to your product development effort.
- How to apply the Systems Engineering Method toward solving your identified need / problem set.
- How to manage across your product's life cycle, in-depth, phase by phase.
- What milestones and decision gates are and how to apply them on your development project.
- How to decide which life cycle strategy is best for your development project.
- How to apply the various technical processes throughout your product's life cycle.
- How to formulate the operational concept and other life cycle concepts for your system.
- How to elicit and capture business and stakeholder requirements.
- How to capture a formal problem or need statement, which kicks off your development project.
- How to define, derive and decompose system requirements.
- How to write effective requirements.
- How to capture your requirements in a System Requirements Specification (SyRS).
- How to identify the different types of requirements and their role in the development effort.
- What architectures are and how to define and capture the architecture for your system.
- What Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is and how to apply it.
- What the System Modeling Language (SysML) and Unified Modeling Languages (UML) are.
- How to create each type of SysML and UML diagram.
- How to develop formal use cases.
- How to decompose system functions or behaviors into smaller, more manageable sets.
- How to construct the functional flows and relationships throughout your system architecture.
- How to formulate the physical solution for your product.
- How business relationships and contracting play a role in product development.
- What Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are and how they are used.
- How to apply system implementation, integration and verification.
- How verification and validation help foster a successful product.
- How to apply systems engineering toward system manufacturing & production.
- How to transition your product into the marketplace.
- How to sustain and upgrade your products once they are fielded and being used.
- How to plan and execute the ultimate disposal of your system.
- How to apply project management principles toward your product development efforts.
- What the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) is and how to make it effective for your project.
- What a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is and how to use it on your project.
- What the Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) is and how it is different than the WBS.
- How to apply formal decision management and trade study processes.
- How to manage risks for your development effort.
- How to manage the configuration of your system and its enabling elements.
- How to apply quality assurance toward developing your product.
- How to apply information management for your development effort.
- How to apply measures, such as: Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs), Measures of Performance (MOPs), Key Performance Parameters, Technical Performance Measures
- How to form business relationships and contracts using the acquisition process and supply process.
- How to apply life cycle management.
- How to manage the portfolio of projects.
- How human resource management plays a role in product development.
- How to apply quality management throughout the organization.
- How to tailor the processes to suit the needs of your projects or organizational goals.
- How to use modeling & simulation and prototyping to save time and money on your development effort.
- How to use the Object Oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM) toward the development of system software.
- How to apply Lean Systems Engineering principles.
- The fundamentals of Agile Systems Engineering.
- The fundamentals of specialty engineering disciplines
- Finally - How to prepare for the INCOSE certification knowledge exam.
- A background in engineering, math, product development or project management is helpful but not required.
Product Development & Systems Engineering uses a structured yet flexible approach to provide a holistic, solid foundation to the successful development of complex products or systems.
This course will take you step by step through the product life cycle, from conception to design, development, production, deployment, sustainment and disposal. You will learn how the different components of a system interrelate, and how each contributes product accomplishing its missions. Systems engineering terminology, which can so often confuse the newcomer, is presented in an easily digestible form. Video lectures for individual topics will introduce key concepts. This course welcomes anyone who wants to find out how complex products or systems can be developed and implemented successfully. It is relevant to anyone in project management, engineering, quality assurance, product support, operations, management, maintenance and many other areas. No specific background is required, and we welcome learners with all levels of interest and experience.
The course aligns closely with ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015 and 29148:2015 - the same standards used by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Therefore, students will be armed with much of the knowledge required to take the INCOSE knowledge exam for Systems Engineering Preparation (SEP) certification. This course covers most of the material from the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook 4th edition - and much more!
If you would like to supplement this course with over 800 sample INCOSE exam questions, check out my "INCOSE Knowledge Exam Practice Questions" course here on UDEMY.
Who this course is for:
- Product developers
- Engineering and systems engineering professionals
- Engineering students and instructors
- Professionals seeking INCOSE certification
Christopher Olson has been an adjunct professor for multiple systems engineering courses at a major university since 2012, creating, releasing and managing two of those courses.
Christopher is also a Master of Science in Systems Engineering (MSSE) capstone project mentor, having assisted nearly 100 students graduate with honors from the MSSE program at his university.
Christopher's certifications include the following:
DOD DAWIA PM Lvl III
DOD DAWIA SPRDE Lvl III
Christopher is a member of the Project Management Institute and the International Counsel on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
Christopher is originally from Golden, Colorado and has been actively engaged in the aviation industry since he was 16 years old. He is an Army Air Cavalry Veteran and has supported the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for almost 2 decades.