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2011 American Astronautical Society Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium--Gregory Robinson, NASA

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Excellence in Engineering

  1. 1. Excellence in Engineering <br />To<br />49th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium<br />Gregory L. Robinson<br />NASA<br />Deputy Chief Engineer<br />March 30, 2011<br />
  2. 2. NASA Core Values<br />SAFETY<br /> NASA’s constant attention to safety is the cornerstone upon which we build mission success. <br />EXCELLENCENASA is committed to nurturing an organizational culture in which individuals <br />make full use of their time, talent, and opportunities to pursue excellence.<br />INTEGRITY<br />NASA is committed to an environment of <br />trust, built upon honesty, ethical behavior, respect and candor. <br />TEAMWORK<br />NASA’s most powerful tool <br />for achieving mission success is a multi-disciplinary team of diverse, competent people across all NASA centers. <br />
  3. 3. Technical Excellence - Goal<br />Refine our way of doing business so that over the long-term technical excellence, safety and mission success continue to be part of our institution.<br />Personal Accountability<br />Technical training<br />Technical discipline application<br />Get the job done right<br />Organizational Responsibility<br />Training and development<br />Historic and philosophic perspective to teach and reinforce our organizational values and beliefs <br />An engineering philosophy to ground our approach to technical work and decision making <br />Ensure our people are knowledgeable of our standards, specifications, procedures and processes<br />Appropriate assignments in lifecycle (hands-on)<br />Organizational structure<br />
  4. 4. Technical Excellence – Goal (con’t)<br />Tools <br />Policy and procedure documents should be consistent with and reinforce our organizational beliefs and values <br />Standard Processes <br />Facilities <br />Resources<br />Environment <br />An effective, constructive approach to periodically assess how we are executing our technical work including implementation of Technical Authority. <br />Ensure those who prefer to remain in the technical field (vs. Management) have a satisfying and rewarding career track. <br />Technical Fellows Program - Agency leaders (Subject Matter Experts) of their engineering discipline and is a resource for technical authorities <br />Engineering Steering Committees<br />Establish regular and open communication, and dissenting opinion<br />
  5. 5. Technical Excellence Initiatives <br /><ul><li>Technical Authority
  6. 6. Program and Project Management
  7. 7. Systems Engineering</li></ul>Strategy to support NASA’s Vision<br />
  8. 8. NASA Systems Engineering Framework<br />Common Technical Processes<br /><ul><li>SE NPR 7123.1A
  9. 9. Center SE NPR Implementation Plans
  10. 10. Center surveys (gap analysis)
  11. 11. Center Procedural Requirements</li></ul>Tools and Methods<br /><ul><li>NASA SE Handbook
  12. 12. SE Body of Knowledge
  13. 13. “Art and Science of Engineering Space Systems” monograph
  14. 14. SE Bibliography & References
  15. 15. SE Community of Practice
  16. 16. SE&I Steering Committee
  17. 17. MBSE Initiative
  18. 18. NASA Toolshed
  19. 19. Center SE-specific websites</li></ul>Workforce, Knowledge and Skills<br /><ul><li>Understanding NPR 7123.1A course
  20. 20. SE courses offered through NASA - APPEL
  21. 21. SE Workforce Development Strategy, SE Behaviors
  22. 22. SE Leadership Development Program (SELDP)
  23. 23. Center SE OJT programs, SE Mentoring
  24. 24. SE Seminars, bi-annual SE Masters Forum,
  25. 25. SE Track at PM Challenge
  26. 26. SE Activity of the Year Award
  27. 27. Characterization of SE workforce, SE Community (target audience)
  28. 28. SE Survey</li></li></ul><li>What is Systems Engineering at NASA?<br />Systems engineering is the “art and science” of developing an operable system that can meet requirements within imposed constraints. <br />Systems engineering is holistic and integrative. It incorporates and balances the contributions of many disciplines, including systems safety, to produce a coherent whole that no single discipline dominates. <br />Systems engineering is about tradeoffs and compromises, about generalists rather than specialists.<br />Systems engineering is first and foremost about getting the right design—and then about maintaining and enhancing its technical integrity, as well as managing complexity with good processes. <br />Neither the world’s greatest design, poorly implemented – <br />nor a poor design, brilliantly implemented – is worth having.<br />
  29. 29. Maintaining Balance Among Subsystem Designs <br />
  30. 30. Development Activities for Systems Engineers by Performance Level <br />
  31. 31. An Example of Healthy Tension <br />
  32. 32. Summary<br />This vision isa renewed emphasis on systems engineering and how we implement engineering. In order to implement this vision, NASA’s approach takes into consideration the latest reinvigoration of systems in other Government and Industry initiatives. <br />The Best Engineering Principals, Processes, and Techniques Will Turn This Vision into Reality<br />