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Jul28

Design, Creativity, and Innovation in Engineering

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By Zane Scott, Vitech Vice President of Professional Services

The recent INCOSE International Symposium in Edinburgh, Scotland featured a challenging and thought-provoking keynote address by Professor Larry Leifer of Stanford University. Taking an unorthodox approach to engineering design, Professor Leifer challenged symposium delegates to incorporate thinking from the world of art and design into their engineering problem-solving processes.

This goes against the grain of traditional paradigms in the engineering arena.  Most often engineers are about optimizing processes, measuring outcomes, and following best practices. The idea of teams collaborating in unstructured environments using untried and often unformed approaches brings an allergic reaction from many engineers. More...

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Jul21

Pulling Threads: The Value in Systems Engineering

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By David Long, Vitech President

There are two great miracles in systems engineering – where the requirements come from and how you get from requirements to implementation. Where requirements come from is a topic for later (it need not be a miracle or a mystery). As for moving from requirements to implementation, that requires a blend of a creative and analytic thinking. The best path does not involve miracles. The best path moves from requirements to behavior to implementation, and threads are the key to tying together requirements and behavior. More...

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Jul14

Oysters – A Pearl of the Past?

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By Zane Scott, Vitech Vice President of Professional Services

“Now if you're ready, Oysters dear, we can begin to feed." Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter

Oysters Rockefeller, oysters on the half shell, oyster stew, fried oysters . . . for the appreciative connoisseur, this delectable mollusk is one of the high pleasures of dining. Despite its popularity, it is a dish whose supply is dwindling. There are a number of causes including over-harvesting, but one in particular has a systems character. More...

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