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Leadership and Systems Engineering (Part 1)

It has been widely said that, “managers do things right; leaders do the right thing.” Stephen Covey tied a more vivid picture to the concept when he observed, “management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” It is …

WHY MODEL-BASED?

Why use a “model-based” approach? What advantage is there to be gained from this approach? Let’s begin by noting that all systems engineering is model-based. It isn’t possible to think of, discuss, or design systems without using a model. The concept of the system, its functions and parts must be …

You Were Always on My Mind

Willie Nelson getting ready to perform. Farm Aid 2009. Photo by Larry Philpot www.soundstagephotography.com On April 29 Willie had a birthday. “Maybe I didn’t love you- Quite as often as I could have” sings the just turned 80 year old legend, Willie Nelson, in his classic “You Were Always on …

Innovation and the Systems View

“To create consists of making new combinations. … The most fertile will often be those formed of elements drawn from domains which are far apart.” Henri Poincarể In an environment where change is rapid, resources are relatively scarce customer demands are high, and the need for innovative thinking is critical. …