TOPIC:  “Too Risky” – System Engineering Teams and the Social Construction of Risk

PRESENTERS:  Dr. Lynne Cooper, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 5:30 pm to 7:45pm
Meeting Schedule:
5:30 – 6:00pm   Registration, Networking, Refreshments
6:00 – 6:10pm   Welcome and Announcements
6:10 – 8 pm   Speaker and Q&A

WHERE:   RSVP required (see RSVP section, below)
Host site: The Aerospace Corporation
Bldg D8 – Room 1010
200 N Aviation Blvd
El Segundo CA Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by FRIDAY, February 7, 2014. (Foreign Nationals must register by February 5th to attend at the host site.)

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Remote Webcast Sites:   (gather for networking, joining virtually)
The following are potential INCOSE-LA Remote Sites for monthly speaker meetings. (Subject to change.)  If available, remote site locations will be listed on the INCOSE-LA website.  Contact site coordinator for information or directions.

  • Antelope Valley/Palmdale:  Antelope Valley College. Site coordinator:  Mike Wallace, 661-540-0290 or m.wallace@ngc.com.
  • Azusa:  Northrop Grumman Corporation. Site coordinator:  Louise Fluegeman, louise.fluegeman@ngc.com.
  • Goleta:  Control Point Corporation, 110 Castilian, Suite 200, Goleta  CA   Open to all.   Refreshments will be provided at this site. Site coordinator:  Scott Grant, 805-882-1884, x108 or scott.grant@control-pt.com.
  • Huntington Beach:  The Boeing Company, 14900 Bolsa Chica Blvd., Bldg 17, Conf Rm 109. Open to Boeing-badged and visitors who register by the RSVP deadline. Foreign Nationals will not be able to attend at this site.  Refreshments will be provided at this site. Site coordinator:  Beth O’Donnell, elizabeth.odonnell@incose.org.
  • San Fernando Valley: Capstone Turbine Corporation, 21211 Nordhoff Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311 Open to all.   Refreshments may be provided at this site. Check with site coordinator. Site Coordinator: Susim Gedam, 818-734 5113sgedam@capstoneturbine.com

Virtual Attendance for Individual Participants:
We are providing virtual meeting capability for this event so that those who might otherwise be unable to participate may do so. See the web page for this event on the INCOSE-LA website (www.incose-la.org) for more information on joining as an individual virtual participant.

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You will be asked to provide your email address, name, title, company, phone number, and membership and citizenship information, and to identify at which site you will be attending (host site or virtual).

At the root of even the most quantitative assessments of risk lies human judgment.  Perceiving, understanding and managing risk are inherently social processes that benefit from discussion, debate and evaluation from multiple perspectives.  While tools and techniques can help translate data and perceptions into quantitative measures of the amount of risk, determining whether that amount of risk is acceptable, i.e., is it “too risky,” is a judgment call.

Engineering teams make hundreds of these types of judgment calls throughout the course of a project.  The impact of these assessments, particularly those made during the early phases of project formulation, can have a huge effect on the performance of the project – and the ultimate success of the product being developed.

This presentation shares results from field research on real teams working on real, risky projects. It identifies the different components that feed into an assessment of risk, how these interact to lead to a judgment on degree and acceptability of risk, how team processes influence perceptions and assessment of risk, and ways teams mislead themselves.  It also suggests ways in which System Engineering as a discipline can capitalize on team social processes to improve a project’s understanding of risk.

Speaker Biography:
Dr. Lynne Cooper has been an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 26 years, after serving as a Captain in the US Air Force and working in the Aerospace Industry.  She currently leads the JPL Proposal Center, most recently serving as the Proposal Manager for the Mars Helicopter Scout proposal.

Dr Cooper received her doctorate in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is a member of the industry faculty. As a practitioner-researcher, she implements and studies systems to support knowledge sharing, innovation, and risk characterization, and has worked on multiple Mars missions.  Her research has been published in Management Science, the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and the International Journal of Knowledge Management (IJKM).  She reviews for multiple journals, serves as a track co-chair for HICSS and IEEE Technology Management Conference, and is a member of the editorial board for IJKM.

DIRECTIONS to Host Site:  The Aerospace Corporation.
The Aerospace Corporation
Bldg D8 – Room 1010
200 N Aviation Blvd,
El Segundo CA
Location: between Imperial and El Segundo Blvd (north to south), between the 405 Fwy and Sepulveda (east to west)

From the San Diego (405) Freeway heading SOUTH:
1. Take the exit towards El Segundo Blvd.
2. Turn Left onto S La Cienega Blvd.
3. Take the 1st Right onto W El Segundo Blvd.
4. Take the 2nd Right onto N Aviation Blvd.
5. Bldg D8 will be on the Right.

From the San Diego (405) Freeway traveling NORTH:
1. Take the El Segundo Blvd exit, Exit 44.
2. Turn Left onto W El Segundo Blvd.
3. Turn Right (North) on N Aviation Blvd.
4. Bldg D8 will be on the Right.

From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:
1. Take the exit towards 405 South.
2. Before getting on to the 405 Fwy, take the El Segundo Blvd exit.
3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west).
4. Turn Right (North) on N Aviation Blvd.
5. Bldg D8 will be on the Right.

The facility:
It is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet.  The facility has four gates, but ONLY the southern-most gate is open. There is staff security where you will identify yourself as attending the INCOSE meeting.  You can park anywhere, we will badge in through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are.  Knock on the first of the double doors and someone will open the door for you.  The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building.

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