Understanding Interfaces

We’re told risk is at the interface. But, the term “interface” conflates many ideas, and we often focus on the wrong problem. To correct that, we should consider three perspectives on connectivity: logical connectivity, physical connectivity, and behavioral connectivity. Allow me to demonstrate with an example of a multi-point message …

Developing Our Next-Generation SE Workforce

Whenever I visit an organization engaged in systems engineering, the #1 challenge is always the same. Large or small, seasoned or new, government or commercial, the complaint is always the shortage of good systems engineers. The common refrain is “we don’t have enough, and many of the ones we have …

The Systems Metamodel and Communication

The Systems Metamodel What is the system metamodel? It is the framework on which the system model is constructed. A system model must create a depiction of the system being studied or designed that will allow the design team to see its elements, relationships and attributes in a way that …