Cybersecurity Design: First, Not Last

Every day we are barraged with commercials and news reports about cybersecurity. But what does this buzzword really mean in 2017? I asked my retired neighbor what he thought when he heard the word, “cybersecurity” and he immediately said, “the Russians.” This, of course is coming from his daily dose …

Selling MBSE

“Model-based systems engineering will make us faster, better, and cheaper.” “What hard number return on investment (ROI) we can expect from adopting MBSE?” The first is a statement of the sense we get when hearing advocates talk about the benefits of MBSE. The second, a question we hear from organizations …

Model-Based Systems Engineering – All or Nothin

As all systems engineers know, successful systems engineering requires modeling every aspect of a system and using every capability of our MBSE tools. Anything short of that is a failure, right? Wrong! Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) takes traditional, very often Microsoft Office-documented, systems engineering to the next level. But there …

Leveraging Affinity Diagrams during System Design

Chapter 4 of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (4th ed.) provides a thorough discussion of “Technical Processes for the System Lifecycle.” The first two technical processes are (i) business or mission analysis and (ii) stakeholder needs and requirement definition. Each of these processes leverages engagement of system designers with business …