Category: Software and Solutions

Using MBSE for the Operational Analysis of Systems

Last year, I wrote that one of the most important characteristics of a strong systems engineering organization is knowing the operational setting in which the system-under-development will be placed. (See: 9 Characteristics of Good Systems Engineering.) Whether you are an organization contemplating a new system initiative or product development, or …

The Journey to MBSE Implementation

Implementing model-based systems engineering in any organization is a journey. It is not something that can be done by bringing home some concepts from an exciting conference and announcing their implementation. It is rather a deliberate process of defining a desired state, mapping the steps to get there and gathering …

Who Needs a Metamodel?

What is a metamodel? The English prefix “meta” comes directly from the Greek meaning “beyond” or “after.” That has been extended in English usage to mean “about,” connoting a higher level of abstraction. Thus, “meta-cognition” is “thinking about thinking” and a metamodel is a model of a model. Why have …

Mark Simons, Systems Engineer

Mark Simons once found himself sitting in a circle at his then 8-year-old daughter’s yoga class. Participants went around and introduced themselves, explaining what they did for a living. Realizing that no one in the room would be likely to know about systems engineering, Simons thought quickly about how to …