Author: David Long

The Power—and Peril—of Worldview

As systems engineers, we frequently speak of seeing the big picture, taking the systems perspective, and holism. We talk about using multiple viewpoints to study problem and solution. We seek a lifecycle perspective to understand not only design but also production, operation, maintenance, retirement, and disposal. In fact, it is …

The Golden Circle of Systems Engineering

Since its delivery at TEDxPugetSound in 2009, Simon Sinek’s Start with why – How great leaders inspire action YouTube video has been viewed over 17 million times. Sinek introduces the concept of the golden circle of communication, highlighting how great leaders – both individuals and organizations – lead the same …

The Meaning is in the Metamodel

Our quest to transition to model-based systems engineering – and the larger transformation of the development lifecycle to digital engineering – centers on moving from relatively low-fidelity documents to higher fidelity, richer representations. In doing so, we can move from the ambiguity of documents to digital clarity, allowing us to …

MIT Was Right – Focusing on EoS Rather Than SE

Several years ago, there was an intriguing debate in the systems community. On one side was the majority of the community, emphasizing “systems engineering.” On the other side – almost in isolation – was MIT countering that it’s about the “engineering of systems.” At the time, I thought it was purely …