I began IEM 630 (Systems Engineering) this term with a strong initial focus on basic consulting skills. It’s a useful way to help my students develop a mindset that they are not just “learners,” they are problem solvers and problem owners. In a sense, it personalizes the subsequent course content. It makes the material “about them.” Or so I hope.
As I told them on the first day of class, the point of all this is to give them the knowledge and confidence to take ownership of any technical project at any stage of its life-cycle and manage it effectively.
It also moves our overall focus a little more toward systems engineering management – which is exactly where I want us to be.