Tag: Complexity

Controlling the Complex Adaptive System

The most alert and knowledgeable readers will have already noticed a contradiction in the title. While “control” is a traditional engineering concept and focus, its meaning in the realm of complexity can best be described as “eroded.” Even that is probably a generous description. A more accurate title statement would …

Four Qualities of Good Models

Although modeling has always played a role in engineering, it has become a central focus with the advent of model-based systems engineering. While we as engineers are focused on engineering and building systems, sometimes the topic of modeling, as both an art and a science, still gets short shrift. If …

MBSE: Simple, Complicated, or Complex?

After 15 years of practice, there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding model-based systems engineering – not only what MBSE is but also the difficulty of application. Some see MBSE as simple, the only possible way they could imagine engineering a system of any scale. Others perceive it …

Using the System Metamodel to Wrangle Complexity

Complexity is a term that not only defies any disciplined usage in our usual discourse, but also lacks a rigorous definition even in academic circles. It is often confused with complicatedness and is popularly invoked whenever we see many parts arranged in intricate relationships and interacting in hard-to-predict ways. In …