Aerospace Program Management - It's More than Scheduling and Delivery

Effective and efficient management of today's complex and integrated programs requires both the refinement of interpersonal and basic leadership skills as well as the application of appropriate technologies and tools. This seminar is intended to introduce basic program management skills and techniques to first-line and mid-level leaders to help them comfortably and confidently assume their role and to aid in assuring program success.

Areas of special concentration will include: role of project management, communication, interpersonal skills, schedule management, interfacing with other units, Task Scoping (Estimating, Pricing, Financial Measures, etc.), project management software use, compliance reporting, risk management and more. This seminar will include lecture, dialog, and case-study approaches. Active participation of the class attendees will ensure a dynamic baseline for learning and honing valuable skills.

What Will You Learn

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Communicate more effectively in all media - verbal, written, and electronic modes
  • Refine interpersonal skills as they relate to dealing with diverse personal perspectives, attitudes, and motivational techniques
  • Develop and utilize task schedules
  • Demonstrate effective management of all resources (people, tools, and budgets)
  • Apply techniques for scoping programs/projects (resource needs, schedules, level of tasking, etc.) and effectively monitor and measure progress
  • Identify critical milestone events and how to develop alternate schedule recovery plans
  • Utilize basic project management tools and techniques more effectively

Is This Course For You

This course is designed for current and prospective Program/Project Managers with a level of experience ranging from in-training to mid-level program management leadership.

Materials Provided

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Course Requirements

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  • Introduction to Program/Project Management
  • Clarifying and Giving Identity to Tasks
    • Who are the stakeholders? What do they want?
    • What are the resource allocations? (budgets, tools, facilities, personnel)
    • What constitutes program/project success?
  • Communication Skills Essentials
    • Elements of effective presentations (verbal, e-mail, internet)
    • Appreciation of differing perspectives and how to integrate them
    • Interpersonal skills
  • Interfacing with Other Units
    • Use of integrator personnel
    • Importance of shared goals as well as shared responsibilities
  • Establishing and Developing of Performance Schedules
    • Ensuring dependencies are identified and commitments are defined
    • Determining critical milestones and potential impacts
    • Introduction to use of commercial software tools
  • Creating Meaningful Performance Metrics and Monitoring Techniques
    • The "critical life signs" of a program/project (cost, schedule, quality)
    • Role of program/project integrator and methods of in-process performance monitoring
    • Keeping all stakeholders informed and satisfied
  • Compliance Reporting, Test Plans, and Contingencies
    • Regulatory documents and reports
    • Test plans and configuration control
    • FAA certification
    • Use of "critical life signs", milestones, and monitoring
    • Notification of problems and re-plans to stakeholders
    • Refining the art of asking for and receiving help
  • Managing the Individual Components of the Program/Project
    • Financial aspects (pricing, ROI, ROIC, etc.)
    • Marketing coordination, warranties, and after-market support
    • Using metrics to correct "critical life sign" deficiencies
    • Risk - assessment, abatement, and management
  • Motivation and Rewards
    • Effective use of non-financial rewards for team members
    • Ensuring full participation and best contribution from each team member
    • Valuing others and letting them know it
  • Workshop
    • Using program/project management techniques and tools, perform trial tasks as assigned
    • Discuss and critique workshop tasks
  • Conclusion
    • Importance of "unlearned" leadership attributes (integrity, honesty, people sensitivity)
    • Business and personal ethics