Ten Principles for Successful Space Programs Training Part II

Ten Principles for Successful Space Programs Training Part II


Ten Principles for Successful Space Programs Training Part II Course Description

This three- day Ten Principles for Successful Space Programs Training Part II for leaders, managers, supervisors, systems engineers, and consultants addresses the most challenging problem in the space industry: How do we reduce cost and schedule time while also trying to ensure a successful mission? After examining the driving issues in space-system development, the instructors introduce ten principles for successful space programs. The course then explores key aspects of leadership, management, and engineering within the framework of those principles. The instructors share many examples, case histories, and personal experiences to drive home the key points. The objectives are to provide a fresh focus on quality and mission success, build understanding, spur thought, and help your program improve efficiency of its organization and processes—from the top level of management on down to how every engineer or technician approaches his or her job.

Ten Principles for Successful Space Programs Training Part IIRelated Courses:

Duration:3 days

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With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Course Content:


Introduction What constitutes a “successful space program?”
Why Are Space Missions So Challenging?
How do we reduce cost and ensure a successful mission?
A wake-up call
Common problems in space programs
Taking time to understand the problem

Finding Solutions: Ten Principles

Establishing a vision
Faster, better, cheaper: can we get all three?
Adapting what Deming taught us
The key to cost-effective, successful space programs
Ten principles for successful space programs

Building a Mission-Success Culture and an Effective Team

What business are you in?
What it means to have a “commercial mentality”
What “quality” means in the space industry
Whose job is this?
Quality starts with the right attitude
Instilling the right attitude
Building an effective team, internally and between customers and contractors
Striving for “profound knowledge”

Instilling Ownership and Responsibility in Contractors

What “verification” means in the space industry
Distinguishing between requirements and verification
Recognizing customer and contractor responsibilities
You can’t specify quality and mission success!
Understanding verification
Using standards without taking away responsibility

Overview of System Development

A process for system development
The role of requirements documents
Requirements hierarchy
Controlling interfaces
Bottoms-up verification
Proactive versus reactive verification
Verification logic

Reducing Cost and Risk By Design

Strategies for reducing cost while improving quality
Dispelling some myths
Keep it simple!
Reducing the number of parts
Accommodating likely growth

Managing Risk with a Quality System

What is a “quality system”?
Keys to an effective quality system
Examples of quality systems at multiple levels
Attending to details
Controlling the configuration
Philosophies for product inspection
Responding to discrepancies
Managing weight growth
Designing and establishing a quality system

Responsibly Accepting Risk

What it means to understand a risk
Common risk rating systems
Removing subjectivity with expected cost of failure
Hypothetical examples
Making the launch decision


What about the tenth principle?
Key points from this course
Ten principles for successful space programs
Using the principles as a compass

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