Category: Systems

The Power—and Peril—of Worldview

As systems engineers, we frequently speak of seeing the big picture, taking the systems perspective, and holism. We talk about using multiple viewpoints to study problem and solution. We seek a lifecycle perspective to understand not only design but also production, operation, maintenance, retirement, and disposal. In fact, it is …

The Importance of Integration

Complexity poses a greater and greater challenge for the system designer/problem solver. The classic approach to problem analysis and solution calls for the problem and its solutions to be broken apart into their constituent parts until those parts are simple enough to be clearly understood. From there, the parts—whether of …

A Twelve-Step Program for Systems Engineers

According to Psychology Today, “Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences.” Addictions operate to block our view of reality as we focus …

Promoting Innovation: A Systems Approach

In the world of economic development, there is a priority placed on attracting innovative businesses and people. The heavy manufacturing sector is no longer the crown jewel of the economic developer’s kingdom. It is now the innovative business that has the greatest impact on the community’s well-being. The joke that …