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Trainer perspective of the SEP Certification: David Ward, ESEP

Sep 14, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with David Ward of TMC italia SpA which talks about his experience and perspective as a trainer on the SEP Certification. Happy SEPtember!

 This interview was done in 2022.

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am a Systems Engineering Professional and Evangelist.

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

» Being recognized as a trustworthy, open minded person that believes in what he does and helping others to do the same is my proudest professional achievement. 

Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer best learns through training?
» Hard skills such as Needs and Requirements, Soft skills such as Negotiation, Conflict management but, most of all, knowing the traits and qualities they have and how to exploit them for the benefit of others and the systems they help engineer.

Q4. What guidance/training do you provide students regarding systems engineering and SEP certification?
» This is probably best summarized in the title of one of my presentations on SE and SEP certification : 'The Systems Engineer, who else?'.    

Q5. What motivated you to provide these trainings?
» We need to engineer a better world and think systemically without neglecting the systematic approach, this is the motivation behind providing SE training.

Q6. What methods do you use to provide these trainings effectively?
» My trainings are a combination of Classroom/Virtual/Self learning. I mix practical exercises with my SE knowledge/experience and help people realize that they are the owners of the problem but not necessarily the solution provider.

Q7. How do you continue to learn about Systems engineering? What developmental activities do you do?
» I continue to learn about Systems engineering by doing projects, teaching and reading/writing about SE. I strongly believe in the Chinese proverb: 'You listen you forget, You see you understand, You do you Learn'. An example of development I'm involved in is the INCOSE SySTEAM project and I'm also the Education-Training-Certification director for the Italian chapter.

Q8. How can we reach out to you?
» You can reach me at : https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-%E5%A4%A7%E5%8D%AB-ward-824594/

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