Recently Andrew Lucas, AOS's Managing Director, was invited to attend a Program Managers' Workshop at the Boeing Leadership Center, outside St Louis, Mo. Situated in a large rural estate on a hill overlooking the Missouri River, the BLC (otherwise known as the Boeing Leadership Center) is the Boeing Corporation's in-house training center for Boeing's leaders, both current and future. Andrew's participation was facilitated by the Boeing Office of Australian Industry Capability and the Australian Department of Defence.
Along with senior Boeing Managers Andrew participated in a six-day residential program that included a realistic, and very intensive, program management simulation exercise. Combined with a daily lecture program on all aspects of management the Workshop provided Andrew with an insight into how Boeing approaches the management of complex and sophisticated projects, both large and small, that inevitably have technical risk due to their innovative nature. Andrew commented that the Workshop was: "One of the most rewarding experience's of my engineering career and I am already putting the Risk, Issues and Opportunities concepts I learnt into practice at AOS."