Category: Systems Engineering

Diversity and Systems Engineering

It is a widely known principle of systems engineering that the combination of different elements in a system produces results not possible for the elements alone or even in the aggregate. The INCOSE definition follows the general pattern of others in stating “A system is a construct or collection of …

The Hidden Costs of Bookkeeping in Systems Engineering

Systems engineering can be characterized by many dualities – architecture and analytics, process and innovation, technical and communication. Perhaps most critical is the duality of inspiration and perspiration. Good systems engineering is defined by fresh thought, creativity, and ideation. But inspiration alone is not enough. There is a tremendous amount …

System Insight

The central responsibility of the systems engineer is matching the results produced by the solution system with the stakeholders’ requirements. The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) clearly defines the job of the systems engineer as “. . . ensur(ing) that the customer and stakeholder’s needs are satisfied . . …

Defining Architecture

In one of my recent training classes I was asked to define what the term “architecture” means in the practice of system engineering.  While I think I solve the immediate concern of the class, I did not give a very precise answer.  This week I did a bit of research …