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“V”-point from the Industry Leaders

We are very excited to invite true systems engineers from different organizations and companies to give us insights into the world of systems engineering. On this page, Mr. John Silvas shares with us his viewpoint of the management and leadership skills used in the SE practices.
Mr. Silvas is a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, working mostly on large scale DoD programs in the areas of requirements analysis, architecture development, technical management and control, systems engineering process improvement, and system integration. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the first Gulf War working in satellite communications. He was a former president of the INCOSE-LA Chapter.
John is currently supporting the GPS Directorate at the Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) as the System Integration Lead on the System Engineering & Integration (SE&I) contract. In this role since October 2008, John has been leading a team of enterprise-focused integrators, with such functions as future GPS capability delivery planning and analysis, mission thread analysis, giver-receiver analysis, and early-lifecycle risk reducing System Integration Demonstrations.
What are the management and leadership skills applicable to the SE practice?

How are they used in the design and development of a system?
Some examples about what have been used in defense applications.
How can a high school student learn and practice these skills in school environment?

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