A Better Language

In the systems engineering world we talk extensively about models. For those discussions, we adopt the aspects of the conventional definition of the word “model.” Although the specific wording of the definitions may vary, models are “representations” of existing or proposed realities. Many representations technically meet the definitions of models. …

Creativity

There is a misconception among many people – including many technical people – that technical people are not “creative.” This is not only wrong but detrimental because any problem-solving involves creativity. To the extent that technical problem solvers buy into the idea that they are not (cannot be) creative, they …

Models and Views

“Model” and “view” are terms that are used somewhat loosely in the world of systems engineering. Often they are used interchangeably. Frequently, the imprecision of their usage causes confusion. Careful consideration of these terms can offer some help in clearing away the confusion. Many model definitions feed this imprecision. Consider, …