Strategic Thinking for Project Success (APPEL-STPS)

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This course introduces concepts and methods for using strategic thinking as a logical foundation upon which to shape project definition and management.

This course is designed for experienced project and program managers, chief engineers, lead and senior systems engineers, and business group leaders.

Project Management Competencies
  • PM 5.0 - Project Planning
  • PM 16.0 - Project Review and Evaluation
Common Competencies
  • C 1.1 - Agency Structure, Mission, and Internal Goals
  • C 4.2 - Communication
  • C 4.3 - Leadership

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the elements of strategy.
  • Illustrate an extended enterprise using a systems diagram.
  • Analyze project current reality to determine contribution to strategic objectives.
  • Create a project vision statement that focuses project strategic thinking.
  • Define Key Performance Parameters tied to the strategic objectives.
  • Interpret organizational dynamics in a strategic context.
  • Create a strategic decision model using systems thinking.
  • Identify and implement relevant performance guideposts.
  • Evaluate project outcomes based on strategic performance.
  • Evaluate a project for possible termination when it will no longer achieve its strategic objectives.


Interested in taking this course? Click the date(s) below to register through SATERN.

Registration Question? Contact the training specialist below for assistance.

Dallas Neener
(321) 867-6819

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Mark A. Wilson is certified as an Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP - INCOSE), Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (American Society for Quality), and has served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He served 25+ years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Captain (O-6). He earned an M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy.


Curriculum Question? Contact the curriculum lead below for assistance.

Dan Daly

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