Author: David Long

Avoiding Off-ramps on the Way to Good Systems Engineering

By David Long, Vitech President There is no doubt that systems engineering is growing. It is growing in applicability as the degree of complication and complexity rises across many different application domains – aerospace and defense, transportation, automotive, energy, medical, consumer products, and more. It is growing in importance as …

Self-Inflicted Wounds on Our Journey to MBSE

By David Long, Vitech President Over the past six weeks, I have had the pleasure of participating in a wide range of systems engineering forums, workshops, and conferences in multiple regions and across diverse domains. I continue to be impressed by the energy and passion that permeates these events and …

Time to Drop MBSE?

By David Long, Vitech President Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) … model-driven development (MDD) … model-based engineering (MBE) … model-centric engineering (MCE) … digital thread … digital tapestry. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare famously wrote “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In the case of systems engineering …

5 Perceptual Positions and the Systems Engineer

A perceptual position is a perspective from which things can be viewed or considered. Perceptual positions … provide us with different information. Imagine viewing something from the north side, and then moving around to view it from the south side. Each of these two perceptual positions supplies us with distinct …