System Engineering Executive Summary

Course Description

Organizations in all domains are dealing with issues of a modern, interconnected world: globalization, increasing complexity, pace of change, and evolving software architectures. Systems Engineering brings a set of methods, processes, and tools designed to support engineering product design, portfolio management, customer interaction, project management, and decision making. This course is designed to introduce senior leadership to an enterprise level understanding of core systems engineering concepts that are applicable to any business. The course is a custom offering in a 2-day format that will include pre-offering interaction with the instructors and selection of course materials that are tailored to the needs of the enterprise.

Course ID: DEF 4529P
Course Format: Classroom

Contract Only Course

This course is available for contract only. Please fill out this form if you are interested in this offering.

How You Will Benefit

  • Discuss systems engineering (SE) definitions, standards and fundamentals as applied to multiple business domains
  • Learn how SE applies to different product development strategies in different business sectors
  • Learn how different organizations manage SE at the enterprise level and how cultural and leadership attributes may have to shift for successful SE execution
  • Obtain fundamental understanding of system architecture concepts and how to employ architecture fundamentals to better manage product portfolios
  • Define key characteristics of good architects, why experience is necessary, and best practices for what SE architects really do
  • Learn how to think holistically about external and internal aspects of innovation or change using tools that help one “zoom out and in” on opportunities, problems or needs
  • Discover which areas of focus for SE processes and tools are most effective for your business and products
  • Determine which SE tools are most effective for your product development and integration – particularly tradespace analysis and decision making
  • Understand progression of SE skills development in the organization, characteristics of a good education program, and how to combine experiential learning with classroom training


  • SE purpose, standards, and methods
  • SE leadership, teams, and organizations
  • Fundamentals of system architecture, platforms, and portfolios
  • The role of the systems architect
  • Applied systems thinking and decision making
  • Core SE management principles
  • SE methods, processes and tools
  • SE education and training

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Tom McDermott