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[NSC] Tutorial - Technical Leadership for Systems Engineering

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Minnesota State University

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The tutorial for spring 2020 from the North Star Chapter is Technical Leadership for Systems Engineers, a custom-tailored course.

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Technical Leadership for Systems Engineers

Tutorial Abstract and Learning Objectives

Many of our Systems Engineering processes rightly discuss management (e.g., decision management, risk management, portfolio management, knowledge management), and these are all important. However, leadership is an equally important topic to Systems Engineers. Leadership is both an opportunity and a critical responsibility of the Systems Engineer.

Soft skills play a critical role in your success as a Systems Engineer leader. This tutorial will introduce the participants to a set of soft skills in which every Systems Engineer leader should excel. The learning objectives for this tutorial include:

• Understanding the differences between management and leadership.

• Understanding the key soft skills necessary for technical leadership

• Developing a personal action plan related to technical leadership

Practical information and tools will be provided. The tutorial includes several in-class exercises to solidify the concepts being presented. The tutorial follows the terminology and conventions of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, the INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework, and the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). Each student will receive a complete set of lecture notes and an annotated bibliography.

The instructor:

Dave Walden, Sysnovation

David D. Walden, ESEP, is co-owner and principal consultant for Sysnovation, LLC, a company he formed in 2006. Sysnovation, based out of Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, is focused on Systems Engineering consulting and education/training. At Sysnovation, Mr. Walden has created and taught over 135 Systems Engineering courses and tutorials to over 2250 participants, including a distance learning on-line variant of a Systems Engineering Principles course. He has served as a coach/mentor, an independent reviewer, major review (e.g., PDR, CDR) coordinator, Systems Engineering Subject Matter Expert (SME), and process consultant. Previously, Mr. Walden was with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for 13 years and worked at McDonnell Aircraft Company for 10 years. Mr. Walden has served as an editor of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Systems Engineering Handbook since Version 3.2 and is currently the Lead Editor of the upcoming Fifth Edition. He is an INCOSE liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Groups 10 and 20. He was the Program Manager of the INCOSE Certification Program from 2007-2013. He has an M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He is an IEEE Senior Member. Mr. Walden was one of the first to earn the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) credential in 2004 and was awarded the INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) credential in 2011.

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