Aristotle and Systems Engineering

In his work, On Rhetoric, Aristotle offers instruction on the art of persuasion. He identifies three modes or “offices” of persuasion. In Greek they are ethos, logos, and pathos. In order to cast a persuasive argument, Aristotle posits that we must construct from all three elements. In order to be …

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. …

MBSE Value Proposition

  Recently a LinkedIn MBSE group post posed a fundamental question, “How can we move organizations from a document-centric approach to model-based systems engineering?” This raises a very basic inquiry into the ways to advocate the model-based systems engineering value proposition. There are two questions implied in this inquiry. The …

Three Systems

In any system design, redesign or improvement effort there are always three systems to consider. The first one is obvious- it is the one being designed or modified. The second is less obvious and is often given cursory treatment. That is the system in which the subject of the design/redesign …