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PBL: A Proven Product Support Strategy

Course Description

This course can be taken in-person or online and focuses on understanding, establishing and executing a performance-based life cycle product support strategy. It is based on research sponsored by Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and Raytheon. The course is intended for corporate managers working with defense department counterparts.

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Key Objectives

Through the integration of classroom instruction and discussion, complemented by real-world examples, these are the key takeaways and capabilities we want you to have:

  • Understand the “how and why” that leads to success with performance-based product support (a win-win construct) enabled by industry profit incentives and government performance improvements combined with long-term cost reduction
  • Understand the government budget, funding, availability, and sustainment environment and challenges that can prompt government willingness to consider PBL
  • Exploration of how PBL is a capture tool with many degrees of freedom that can lead to more profitable contracts, for both new and legacy programs
  • Familiarity with the government statutory, policy, and guidance supporting and constraining the use of PBL
  • Exploration of how PBL can be thought of as a contractor-managed DoD supply chain, inclusive of inventory management, maintenance and repair, transportation, reliability improvement, sustainability engineering, and technical support
  • Awareness of the advantages of PBL for both the customer and supplier in comparison with traditional product support methods and strategies
  • A thorough understanding of business arrangements including roles, responsibilities, relationships, statutory requirements, risk allocation, work allocation, constraints, enablers, and the associated contracting types, terms, and conditions that enable success

Related Activities

  • Customized 1- to 5-day PBL programs for organizations, internationally
  • Customized PBL workshops
  • PBL executive overviews
  • PBL consulting
  • PBL speaking engagements at conferences

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Duration & Dates

    Next open enrollment offering: November 9-12, 2021. 

    Scheduled open enrollment courses last 4 days. Customized solutions last one to five days. Dates can be customized to meet the needs of your organization.

    The scheduling of online courses is demand driven, so be sure to contact us if there is interest.  Once there is a cohort, a course will be scheduled.  Online courses last 5 days (23 hours), with three 5-hour days of classes and two 4-hour days of group work.  Customized solutions can vary. Please contact us for more information.

     

    Bric Wheeler
    Mobile +1 (865) 566-7199
    bwheeler@utk.edu

                          

     

     

    Location

    This course is offered online, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, or a location of your choice.

    Faculty

    This course is taught by several talented guest faculty, including:

    Gerry Brown, MBA, Supply Chain Visions
    Jerry Cothran, MPA, senior manager in logistics engineering for Lockheed Martin (ret.) and PBL program director at Defense Acquisition University (ret.)
    Stephen R. Geary, MBA, M.Eng., president, Supply Chain Visions and our faculty leader for PBL
    Wesley Randall, PhD, Dean and Professor of Logistics, New College at Frisco, University of North Texas

    Cost

    Open Enrollment

    Open Enrollment Course
    $4,200
    $2,100 – Repeating the course

    Cost of the Knoxville program includes most meals, single-room hotel lodging, on-campus transportation, materials/simulations, and professional educational credits where applicable. Preferred pricing is available for multiple attendees from the same organization and alumni of the Executive-Level MBA programs. Contact us for more information.

    Online Course
    $3,500
    $1,750 – Repeating the course

    Cost of the program includes a one-hour call with the instructors following the course to discuss issues specific to his or her environment.  Preferred pricing is available for multiple attendees from the same organization and alumni of the Executive-Level MBA programs. Contact us for more information.