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Courses and Workshops

Systems Engineering & Development (SE&D) Courses

  • Focus on SE&D Concepts, Principles, and Practices to fill the void in Engineering Education.

  • Include team-based classroom exercises, homework, and presentations of solutions to systems, products, or services.


  • Level 1 – SE&D Fundamentals

    • Course 100 - Fundamentals of Systems Engineering and Development (SE&D): Concepts, Principles, and Practices


    • NEW Course 101 - MBSE Foundational Concepts, Principles, and Practices

      Owning and using and MBSE tool does not mean Systems Engineering has been performed!
      (Wasson, 2016, p. 174, 242)


      Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is a very powerful concept for Systems Engineering and Development (SE&D) of any type of system, product, or service. Although most people tend to think of MBSE as a modern day innovation, the MBSE concept has been around since the 1950’s. Advancements in the evolution of computer hardware and software technologies and our abilities to model and understand system interactions have been key constraints.


      Everyone Uses MBSE Tools

      We find that organizations often ignore SE&D Education & Training. Instead they decide to purchase an MBSE tool. The mindset is: IF you own the tool, then you are – by definition – performing SE. That is false!! “Owning a paint brush does not qualify one as an artist”
      (Wasson, 2016, p. 242).


      The same is true for MBSE courses. Enterprises and individuals rush out to acquire MBSE short courses without understanding the underlying SE&D foundational concepts, principles, and practices. Rhetorically, would you board a passenger aircraft flown by a flight crew with no flight qualifications, certifications, and experience except for a cockpit “switchology” course in knobs, switches, and dials? The same is true for MBSE short courses.


      Do yourself, your project, and Enterprise a favor … If you truly want to learn and understand how to exploit the power of system modeling, Course/Workshop 101 MBSE Foundational Concepts, Principles, and Practices establishes the foundation you need to coherently organize, structure, and model systems in an MBSE tool. Otherwise, MBSE is just ad hoc creation of incoherent structures using “drag and drop” boxes and interconnections.


  • Level 2 Intermediate Level – Specialty SE&D Courses

    • Course 201 Chartering and Implementing Multi-Discipline, Integrated Product Teams (IPTs)

    • Course 202 Developing Effective System Design, Integration, and Test Strategies and Plans

    • Course 203 Developing Effective Multi-Level Specifications and Requirements Traceable to User Needs

    • Course 204 Interface Definition, analysis, and control and Control

    • Course 205 System Integration, Test, & Evaluation (SITE)

    • Course 206 System Architecting


  • Level 3 - Advanced SE&D Leadership Seminar


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SE&D Workshops

  • Are identical to our SE&D courses.

  • Focus on applying SE&D to unclassified, Enterprise-specific project systems, products, or services.

  • Require a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with our client due to the Proprietary and Intellectual Property (IP) nature of the work products and discussions.

  • Enable trainees to apply proven SE concepts, principles, and practices directly to their assigned project system, product, or service work tasks.

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Example Courses and Workshops Topics

The example topics below represent a partial listing of those covered in our courses and workshops. SE training courses often approach these individually as stand-alone topics. In contrast, Wasson Strategics’ Courses and Workshops help trainees understand:

  1. The purpose, dependencies, and interrelationships among these SE&D topics.
  2. How to plan, organize, orchestrate, and implement the proper sequences of technical decisions across these topics to achieve SE&D success.

A sampling of How To topics include:


  • Technical Strategy Development

    • SE&D Planning and Workflow

    • Team Development – IPTs, PDTs, et al

    • System Development Models – Agile, Vee, Spiral, et al

    • Systems Engineering Process Implementation

    • Technical Reviews & Audits

    • Configuration & Baseline Management

    • System Integration, Test, & Evaluation (SITE)

    • Verification & Validation (V&V)

  • System Life Cycle Foundations

    • System Concept Development and Acquisition

    • System Development, Production, and Deployment

    • System Operations, Maintenance, & Sustainment (OM&S)

    • System Retirement and Disposal

  • Stakeholder Needs Analysis

    • Mission and System Analysis

    • Use Cases and Scenarios

  • Specification and Requirements Development

    • Multi-Level Specification Development

    • Requirements Derivation and Statement Development

    • Multi-Level Specification Development

    • Requirements Allocation, Traceability, and Management

  • System Concepts Formulation & Development

    • Concept of Operations (ConOps)

    • Operational Concept Descriptions (OCDs)

    • Phases, Modes, & States of Operation

  • System Architecture Development

    • Multi-Level System Architecture Development

    • Interface Definition, Analysis, & Control

  • System Design

    • Multi-Level User-Centric System Design (UCSD)

    • Fault Tolerance

  • Technical Strategy Development

    • Systems Engineering Process

    • Verification & Validation (V&V)

  • Decision Support

    • Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

    • SysML Behavioral Modeling

    • Modeling and Simulation (M&S)

    • Performance Budgets and Safety Margins

    • Trade Studies – Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)

    • Performance Measures – KPPs, MOEs, MOSs, TPMs

    • System Deployment

    • System Operations, Maintenance, & Sustainment

    • System Retirement and Disposal

    • Technical Strategy Development

  • Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

    • SysML Behavioral Modeling

    • Modeling and Simulation (M&S)

  • Specialty Engineering Integration

    • Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM)

    • System Deployment

    • System Operations, Maintenance, & Sustainment

    • System Retirement and Disposal

    • Performance Budgets and Safety Margins

    • Verification & Validation (V&V)