Author: Mark Simons

9 Characteristics of Good Systems Engineering

What makes for good systems engineering? We all know how difficult systems engineering is, but how well are we doing? As I think about maturity levels of organizations, I realize that definitions in the community can be rather heavy on process. I maintain that, although formal processes are best, organizations …

System Design Using MBSE

When you are developing a system design, have you ever asked yourself how it will be implemented? As systems engineers, we must always keep in the back of our minds that someone will have to print or manufacture parts, assemble and integrate subsystems, and eventually maintain the system. We can …

Functional Analysis and MBSE

In my blog post last month, Understanding Your System, I discussed the importance of the system context and system decomposition when defining the physical design of a system. This month I would like to additionally emphasize the role of functional analysis to define the functional design and explain how MBSE …