Category: Systems

The Law of Conservation of Systems Engineering

Recently, I’ve heard organizations take the position that systems engineering is an unnecessary expense, and that engineering efforts should push directly to mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and software engineering. This philosophy espouses that problems will be corrected during the integration and testing phases of a project or program. It says …

Integrated or Engineered?

As organizations expand their scope and look beyond model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to model-based engineering, digital thread, or digital engineering, there is a common refrain. Over and over again, organizations speak of pursuing integrated models. Integration is certainly a step forward from disjointed, but integration alone is not enough. If …

Technical Measures in System Design

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been asked about methods to capture and track important or essential performance parameters, generally referred to as “technical measures” in a model-based environment. This post is dedicated to understanding technical measures and how to identify them in the operational and system architecture. In …