Category: Systems Engineering

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 Capitol Report: INCOSE IS 2018

Photo above: Ron Kratzke (right) displays the “MetaSys Cube” with Vitech colleagues Donna Long and Mark Malinoski in front of the Vitech company booth at the INCOSE International Symposium in Washington, D.C. The International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) held their International Symposium (IS) in Washington, D.C. from July 9-12, 2018. …

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 …

MIT Was Right – Focusing on EoS Rather Than SE

Several years ago, there was an intriguing debate in the systems community. On one side was the majority of the community, emphasizing “systems engineering.” On the other side – almost in isolation – was MIT countering that it’s about the “engineering of systems.” At the time, I thought it was purely …