James J. Peterka

Peterka_JamesPaper: Breaking the Learning/Development Curve

Abstract: For more than 80 years the standard learning curve during which cost drops as learning/production levels increase has endured, despite new technologies and processes. In 2015, Aviation Week Program Excellence nominees found ways to break the curve—and in so doing, demonstrate new ways of achieving the highest levels of performance.

Breaking the learning curve and/or development cycle time without loss of technical or execution discipline is crucial to improving program performance. The Boeing 702SP program achieved the fastest development cycle in Boeing history through crucial customer/supplier alignment at the outset, reducing software development effort by 25%, and using an innovative approach to physical arrangement of satellites for launch. Peterka will share how the team identified, prioritized and implemented these high-value assets for expanded market opportunities.

Biography:  Jim Peterka is a highly qualified senior manager with 33 years of experience in aerospace engineering, operations, and program management. He has an in-depth knowledge of satellite system design, manufacturing, integration, test, launch and process improvement activities.

Additionally, he has been part of several satellite developments and holds patents for 702HP and 702SP architectures. His proven track record includes improving organizational performance, proactively identifying and resolving problems, reversing negative performance trends and maximizing organizational productivity. He started his career as vehicle engineer and designer for the JPL Galileo Probe Descent Module through final integration and flight installation at Kennedy Space center for the 11/1989 launch.