Category: Model-Based Systems Engineering

Systems Thinking – as a Sailor

I have a passion for sailing. I got the bug when I was learning how to be a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy over 30 years ago. Recently, I crewed on a sailboat participating in the St. Petersburg to Habana offshore race. Habana, as in Havana, Cuba. A unique …

Systems and Transplants

Zane Scott, Vitech Vice President of Professional Services I don’t usually write blogs from the first person point-of-view. It’s not my style. But the past two weeks brought about a conjunction of professional and personal topics that demanded a personal approach. On Saturday, March 4, Dr. Thomas Starzl, 90, passed …

Precision and the False Choice

By David Long, Vitech President Just like simplicity, not all precision is helpful. Heresy? Not for engineers. Engineers are taught to use the appropriate degree of precision for the circumstance at hand. Unfortunately, as systems engineers, we too often forget those lessons. The quest for precision can lead us astray, …

The Need to Suboptimize Systems Engineering

By David Long, Vitech President A good systems engineer working on a project should seek to suboptimize systems engineering. A heretical statement? Not really. In fact, the path to optimizing systems engineering lies in suboptimizing systems engineering. It may sound paradoxical, but it’s true. The purpose of systems engineering is …