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Systems Engineering for Product Development

As product complexity increases to meet the demands of today’s global market, companies are challenged to consistently deliver high-quality products under increasingly tighter budgets and schedules. Systems engineering provides a multi-disciplinary set of tools and techniques for understanding, organizing, and managing the complexity of product development throughout the product lifecycle. Systems Engineering for Product Development delivers the key skills and knowledge essential for successful product development in today’s fast-paced environment.

Participants learn a unified and systematic approach to elicit user needs, develop and document requirements, define robust system architectures, manage external and internal interfaces, guide subsystem/component design, effectively perform integration and testing, and support fielding, operations, and maintenance. Participants acquire a common set of terms and proven methods for ensuring repeatable, consistent results.

Course content reflects an agile and lean approach to product development, and can be customized to meet your specific business challenges. Participants learn current industry best-practices to ensure robust, cost-effective approaches that meet stringent functional, performance, and cost requirements.


Participants will learn to:

  • Analyze customer needs and develop clearly-stated requirements
  • Apply systems thinking to optimize product design and development
  • Develop innovative approaches for system design and integration
  • Define cost-effective verification and validation programs
  • Effectively manage cost, schedule, and risk in engineering tasks


  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Systems Engineer
  • User Requirements
  • Functional Analysis
  • System Specifications
  • System Architecture
  • Decision Analysis
  • Design and Integration
  • Verification and Validation
  • Engineering Specialties
  • System Engineering Management
  • Risk Management

Who should attend

Component/subsystems engineers, software/hardware engineers, systems engineers, project managers, business analysts, and technical support personnel who want a comprehensive understanding of the breadth of systems engineering activities, tools, and techniques and their interconnections across the product lifecycle.


Rick Hefner, PhD