Category: Tips and Tricks

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 …

Leveraging Affinity Diagrams during System Design

Chapter 4 of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (4th ed.) provides a thorough discussion of “Technical Processes for the System Lifecycle.” The first two technical processes are (i) business or mission analysis and (ii) stakeholder needs and requirement definition. Each of these processes leverages engagement of system designers with business …

Variant Management in CORE and GENESYS (Part I)

When teaching classes on model-based systems engineering, I am frequently asked about methods to manage different system configurations in the model. Most engineers are very comfortable thinking in part structures, and while this is a critical aspect of systems engineering, it’s not the whole story. To answer the question and …