Aerospace Program Management - It's More than Scheduling and Delivery


Instructor: Mont Smith
Product ID: 705668

  • Duration: 16 hrs


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Areas of special concentration will include:

  • Role of project management, communication, interpersonal skills, schedule management, interfacing with other units, Task Scoping (Estimating, Pricing, Financial Measures, etc.), project management software use, compliance reporting, risk management and more.
  • This seminar will include lecture, dialog, and case-study approaches.
  • Active participation of the class attendees will ensure a dynamic baseline for learning and honing valuable skills

Who Will Benefit:

  • Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Team Leaders


Day 1 - (9:00 AM - 4:30 PM) Day 2 - (9:00AM - 4:30 PM)
  • 09.00 AM: Session Start
  • Lecture 1:
    • Introduction to Program/Project Management
    • Clarifying and Giving Identity to Tasks
      • What constitutes program/project success?
      • What are the resource allocations? (budgets, tools, facilities, personnel)
  • Lecture 2:
    • Communication Skills Essentials
      • Elements of effective presentations (verbal, e-mail, internet)
      • Appreciation of differing perspectives and how to integrate them
      • Interpersonal skills
    • Interfacing with Other Units
      • Use of integrator personnel
      • Importance of shared goals as well as shared responsibilities
  • Lecture 3:
    • Establishing and Developing of Performance Schedules
    • Ensuring dependencies are identified and commitments are defined
    • Determining critical milestones and potential impacts
    • Introduction to use of commercial software tools
  • Lecture 4:
    • Creating Meaningful Performance Metrics and Monitoring Techniques
    • The "critical life signs" of a program/project (cost, schedule, quality)
    • Role of program/project integrator and methods of in-process performance monitoring
    • keeping all stakeholders informed and satisfied
  • Lecture 1:
    • Compliance Reporting, Test Plans, and Contingencies
    • Regulatory documents and reports
    • Test plans and configuration control
    • FAA certification
    • Use of "critical life signs", milestones, and monitoring
    • Notification of problems and re-plans to stakeholders
    • Refining the art of asking for and receiving help
  • Lecture 2:
    • Managing the Individual Components of the Program/Project
      • Financial aspects (pricing, ROI, ROIC, etc.)
      • Marketing coordination, warranties, and after-market support
      • Using metrics to correct "critical life sign" deficiencies
      • Risk - assessment, abatement, and management
  • Lecture 3:
    • Motivation and Rewards
      • Effective use of non-financial rewards for team members
      • Ensuring full participation and best contribution from each team member
      • Valuing others and letting them know it
  • Lecture 4:
    • Workshop
      • Using program/project management techniques and tools, perform trial tasks as assigned
      • Discuss and critique workshop tasks
    • Conclusion
      • Importance of "unlearned" leadership attributes (integrity, honesty, people sensitivity)
      • Business and personal ethics
Instructor Profile:
Mont Smith

Mont Smith
Aviation Safety Advocate and Mentor, Self-employed Aviation Safety consultant

Mont Smith is an aviation safety compliance expert with 40 years of experience in military, general and commercial aviation. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. He has attended the Safety Officer Certificate Course at the University of Southern California and the Crash Survival Investigator Certificate Course at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. As the prospective Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, he attended the Aviation Command Safety Course at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. After retirement from the Coast Guard as Captain, Mr. Smith flew an Emergency Medical Services helicopter for Mercy Air Hawaii for three years. Employed by Hawaiian Airlines as Senior Director, Safety and Compliance, Mr. Smith served for five years as Part 119 Director of Safety on the Operating Certificate of the air carrier during a period of rapid expansion of the airline. During his tenure, the Hawaiian Airlines Aviation Safety Action Program was successfully inaugurated.

Mr. Smith subsequently served as the Director of Safety for the Air Transport Association (now named “Airlines for America”) where he facilitated a 23-airline Safety Council, Flight Safety Committee, Ground Safety Committee, and A4A/Airline/OSHA Alliance. As a member of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, Mr. Smith contributed to the selection of CAST as a recipient of the 2008 Collier Trophy. He has received letters of appreciation from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Airline Pilots Association. Mr. Smith holds the Air Transport Pilot (ATP) rating in both Landplane/Multi-engine and Rotorcraft/Helicopter with type ratings in the Gulfstream I executive transport, Lockheed Hercules turboprop cargo aircraft, Dassault-Breguet Falcon 200 jet, and Sikorsky S-61 heavy lift helicopter.

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