Tutorials

Attwater Consulting offers tutorials for education and training, typically half day or full day, that introduce concepts to broaden insights to enable better performance on the job.  Tutorials provide examples that exercise the concepts and are general enough to be used as a template for adapting to specific problems your staff may be facing.  Tutorials may be presented in situ at your location or via webinar, and are tailored to your particular industry, culture, and company.  Attwater tutorials are often presented at professional society conferences and symposia, and often used as revenue generating events for professional society chapters.

Example Tutorials:

Dealing with Uncertainty in Systems Engineering
- This tutorial is primarily for an SE audience.  We cover how uncertainty should be handled throughout the entire lifecycle from initial concept exploration requirements through verification. 

Establishing and Using a Risk Management Program Effectively - This tutorial is for PM, SE and RM audiences.  Most people who take this tutorial are looking for a magic bullet or some magic tool to make risk and risk management easy.  Unfortunately there are no magic bullets or magic tools.  But, we do show how to set up and use an RM program to make projects much more likely to succeed, measurably so.  

What Forest? All I See are these SE Trees! - This tutorial is primarily for an SE audience, and was developed from a full 40 hour course taught by Attwater Consultants for a number of years to reground and refresh SE's.  It is not really intended to be an SE 101 course, but it is very well received by new SE's also.  This tutorial gets back to the reasons why we do everything we do in SE, something after years in the trenches we sometimes forget.

Quantitative Risk Assessment - This tutorial is primarily directed at risk managers, secondly at SE's, and then at PM's.  It is fairly intense mathematically and computationally, and is especially useful for addressing very  low probability risks with severe consequences, risks where there are few data. 

How to Use Monte Carlo Methods Effectively - This tutorial has a much wider audience, including SE's, but is intended more for the practitioner rather than the manager.  Beyond covering the many ways Monte Carlo methods may be used in a project, this tutorial provides the definitive method to determine the needed number of samples for an MC answer to be usable and reliable. 

Using Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods - This tutorial has a much wider audience, but does get intense in the math and computer examples.  Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods operate very much like ordinary Monte Carlo, except that the samples are generated using a Markov Chain rather than a built-in sampler in a tool.  There is great power in this in that MCMC is not limited to built-in samplers in computer tools, which usually require a number of assumptions that can cause serious reservations about the results.

Developing Verification Requirements to Ensure Project Success - This tutorial is primarily directed at SE's who are working in verification, but project managers and CSE's can benefit from it as well. This tutorial was used to train about 600 engineers/SE's working on NASA's Constellation program.  

Better Project Decisions through Better Risk Assessments - This tutorial focuses more on the PM and CSE, with a lot of value for the decision support practitioner. 

Attwater Consulting can develop custom tutorials over a wide range of topics to meet your needs in any of the following areas:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Risk Management
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Decision Theory and Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Proposal Development
  • Proposal Reviews

Attwater Consulting education and training helps your staff to perform at mastery levels few of your competitors can match.   Contact Us for more information on how an Attwater Consulting Tutorial can help fine tune your Projects into assured successes.  We selectively accept assignments all over the world; language used is English.