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Risk Management Throughout the Automotive Development Process WB1629

Automotive projects continue to grow in complexity. Studies provide a glimpse into the attributes of product development projects that have a high likelihood of failure. Knowing these attributes, the approach to the project can be structured to reduce the risks. For example, the scope of the project may already place the project at risk. Understanding the risks associated with the scope enables you to either reconsider the scope or work out strategies that will eliminate or at least mitigate the risks. In addition, your approach or strategy selected to meet the project demands will have significant impact on the results. Also, distribution of talent means you have to ensure your project manager and team know what risk is and the specific risk management process for this project.

This six session course will discuss the attributes that portend high probability of failure, as well as ways to assess the strategies associated with the project to improve the probability of success. It will also demonstrate the processes and steps that are required for effective project risk management. Participants will recognize the signs that a project is at risk even before starting the work and can proactively make the necessary adjustments with the sponsors and stakeholders to reduce those risks. Additionally, participants will learn how to maximize the contribution from the team in regard to identifying, eliminating and remediating risks. This will ensure that greater awareness and attention is given to this area of the project beyond the project manager. In addition to being able to apply the techniques of risk management, participants will receive insight into the typical phases of automotive product development (Product Development, Process Development, Product and Process Validation, and Launch) and risks associated with these phases.

The eBook, "Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide" by Jon M. Quigley and Roopa Shenoy, will be included in the course materials. The book includes risk management as a knowledge area and discusses how the better a project team is at finding and addressing the potential risks, the more likely the success of the project.

Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you should be able to:
  • Identify the risks to project success based upon the structure and scope making it possible to create plans to address and mitigate the risk
  • Calculate the probability of connected events and identify the probability of the chain of events
  • Evaluate various proposed solutions through demonstrated techniques and project strategies and differentiate the least risky solution
  • Diagram the risk management process
  • Differentiate quantitative and qualitative risk evaluation techniques
  • Explain the need for specific metrics associated with project and product risk
  • Identify key metrics associated with risks and explain the needs for metrics
  • Identify the monitoring process and then describe an effective monitoring scheme and the connection to metrics
  • Define and calculate contingency budgets
  • Build a risk register and debate / justify the severity and probability

Who Should Attend
This course addresses the needs of aspiring project managers, project managers, project engineers, manufacturing engineers and managers in the engineering, manufacturing, product testing and supplier quality assurance fields. It is helpful to be working in the automotive industry as a OEM or a tier 1 or tier 2 supplier as the risk discussion spans the gamut of the product development cycle for these industries.

Session 1
  • Overview of Risks to Vehicle Projects
    • What is risk
    • Risk and scope and strategy
    • Overview of statistics
  • Identification of Risk for Vehicle Projects
    • Team's role in discovering risks
    • Brainstorming methods
    • Role of historical records
    • Association of metrics to the risk and prediction (trends)
Session 2
  • Assessing the Risk to the Product Developed for the Vehicle
    • Qualitative techniques
    • Quantitative techniques
    • Contingency budgets
Session 3
  • Monitoring and Control Risks
    • Importance of metrics
    • Monitoring and responsibility
    • Invoking mitigation or abatement actions
Session 4
  • Risk and Voice of Customer
    • What typically goes wrong with scope and requirements in automotive projects
    • Metrics that predict failure in the requirements and scope of the vehicle project
    • Techniques that can reduce the requirements / scope risk
  • Risk Associated with Developing the Product for the Vehicle
    • What typically goes wrong while developing the product for the vehicle
    • Metrics associated with developing the product for the vehicle that improve success
    • Techniques that can reduce the development risk
Session 5
  • Risk and Process Development
    • What typically goes wrong developing the manufacturing process
    • Metrics that enable prediction of the capability of the manufacturing processes
    • Techniques to reduce the risks associated with manufacturing processes
  • Risk and Verification and Validation
    • What typically goes wrong
    • Metrics associated with the verification of the product and manufacturing processes for the vehicle that improve success
    • Techniques to reduce the risks associated with the verification work
Session 6
  • Risk and Launch of the New Vehicle Product
    • What typically goes wrong
    • Metrics associated with the launch of the vehicle product that enable response
    • Techniques that can reduce the risks associated with the launch of the vehicle
Registration Information
Registration for this live web seminar is available on a per-person basis, similar to purchasing a seat in a classroom. Participants attend an online session from work or home; anywhere with a PC with internet access and a telephone. The fee includes one connection to the conference calls (toll free telephone number provided for U.S. and select countries*) and assigned personal ID number; one connection to SAE's online training center (via WebEx); and access to a secure course in the SAE Learning Center that contains the presentations, supplemental materials, and assignments.

Registrations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. the day before the start of the web seminar, but early registration is encouraged to allow for pre-course set-up and instructions.

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Jon M. Quigley

Jon QuigleyJon M. Quigley, PMP CTFL, is a principal and founding member of Value Transformation, a product development training and cost improvement organization established in 2009. He has nearly three decades of product development and manufacturing experience, ranging from embedded hardware and software through verification and project management. Jon has won awards such as the Volvo-3P Technical Award in 2005 and the 2006 Volvo Technology Award. He has secured seven US patents and a number of international patents. These patents range from human machine interfaces to telemetry systems and drivers aides. Jon is on the Western Carolina University Masters of Project Management Advisory Board as well as Forsyth Technical Community College Advisory Board. He has also been a guest lecturer on Project Management at Wake Forest University's Charlotte NC campus and teaches Project Management classes at City University of Seattle via distance learning. Jon also is an expert at ITMPI (IT Metrics and Productivity Institute), is part of the Pm2Go experts (The Standish Group), has given webinars at The Project Management Institute and has spoken before PMI Chapters across North Carolina and parts of Virginia. Jon has membership in ASQ, SAE, AIAG and PMI (holding Project Management Professional Certification). Jon also has the CTFL certification from ISTQB. He has authored, co-authored and contributed to a list of books and publications, including the SAE book Project Management for Automotive Engineers: A Field Guide. Jon has an Engineering Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and two Master's Degrees from City University of Seattle.

Fees: $835.00
SAE Members: $668.00 - $752.00

1.2 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 12 Hours
April 1-12, 2019 (6 Sessions) - Live Online
  • Session 1 - April 1 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - April 3 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 3 - April 5 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 4 - April 8 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 5 - April 10 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 6 - April 12 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • November 4-15, 2019 (6 Sessions) - Live Online
  • Session 1 - November 4 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - November 6 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 3 - November 8 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 4 - November 11 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 5 - November 13 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 6 - November 15 (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
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