Author: Fran McCafferty

Why is that requirement there?

Have you ever been working on a project and read a requirement and thought, “Why’s that there?” or “What’s that supposed to mean?” I know I have. I’ve worked on Department of Defense and commercial programs and seen requirements that make me pause. I vividly recall working on one software …

My Aha Moment

One thing I have learned in my career as a systems engineer is I still have aha moments. And when students of mine have aha moments, I am equally gratified. I recently taught a class on model-based systems engineering that includes hands-on MBSE exercises in a tool environment. In the …

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 …