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SyEN #002 - November 15, 2008
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Developments in Systems Engineering
Featured Society: International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA™)
Systems Engineering Software Tools News
Systems Engineering Books, Reports, Articles and Papers
Conferences and Meetings
Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites
Standards and Guides
A Quotation to Open On
“Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems” - Rene Descartes (1596-1650), Discours de la Methode
Systems Engineering Patterns
By Cecilia Haskins, PhD, CSEP
Have you ever sat down to think about a problem, and felt that there was something familiar about it? Then you wrack your brain to remember what you did the last time this problem posed itself. Drawing on experience, or rules-of-thumb derived from experience, is called “business smarts”, and most of us avail ourselves of these shortcuts to finding workable solutions.
What if it were possible not only to learn from our own experience but also from those of experienced and respected colleagues? This shared learning is the essence of the systems engineering pattern. As early as 1998, during the 8th Annual INCOSE symposium, Barter first proposed the use of patterns as a way to supplement the systems engineering body of knowledge. In 2002, Maier and Rechtin mention patterns as a useful form of heuristics. The author applied personal pattern-writing experience to systems engineering problems and documented this approach in two symposium papers in 2003 and 2005. She also describes the results of a patterns writing tutorial conducted during the symposia from 2004-2006 (Haskins, 2008). Others who have joined the chorus include Merrick and Barrow, Simpson and Simpson, Cloutier and Verma, and Forsberg and Mooz, to name a few. Dr. Cloutier of Stevens Institute of Technology is extending his research into systems engineering patterns one step further with the creation of an online repository. He has established the following pattern form for capturing System Engineering Architecture Patterns:
The full pattern can be viewed at
The references given with this article include examples of systems engineering patterns and more information about how to create your own literature. The author welcomes additional questions on this subject – email@example.com.
References on Patterns
INCOSE Introduces Free Webinars for Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Member Companies
About INCOSE and CAB membership: www.incose.org
The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has introduced free monthly webinars for CAB member companies. Soon to be presented are:
Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) Forum
In response to the increased interest in using Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) for Business Process Modelling, a BPMN Forum discussion group has been launched in GoogleGroups. Participants are invited to use this forum to discuss anything related to the specification and application of the BPMN, such as:
If you are interested in joining the BPMN Forum, you can search GoogleGroups, or access it directly at http://groups.google.com/group/BPMNforum
In addition to this mailing list, other information related to BPMN may be found on the BPMN Forum website: http://www.bpmnforum.com
Five years old, the IIBA is a rapidly-growing, international, independent, non-profit, member-based professional association serving the field of business analysis. The IIBA defines enterprise business analysis as a way for organizations to:
The IIBA states that the work of business analysts can also include:
The IIBA aims to serve professionals in roles relating to business systems such as requirements management, systems analysis, business analysis, requirements analysis, project management, and consulting. The IIBA's programs and activities are designed to promote the role of the business analysis professional throughout the world. Some key activities include:
The BABOK® is a collection of knowledge within the field of Business Analysis which aims to reflect current, generally accepted practices. The BABOK® describes Business Analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities and the tasks and skills thought to be necessary to be effective in their execution. The BABOK® is growing and evolving. The IIBA regards each release as a move toward a complete body of knowledge. The IIBA criteria for including information in the guide are that it is proven, generally accepted and widely applied. The BABOK® provides the basis for the IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) Certification. In that the BABOK® is concerned with problem definition and development of system solutions, the BABOK® emphasizes many principles and practices common to other systems engineering-related societies such as INCOSE.
The current official version of the BABOK® is version 1.6. Version 2 is expected to be finalized in late 2008, and the CBAP® exam is intended to be updated following its release.
The IIBA serves its 5000 (and growing) members from headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and locally via a rapidly-growing international network of Chapters. The IIBA functions primarily as a virtual organization, via the members of its Board of Directors, Senior Leadership Team, and several committees.
Note: IIBA is a trademark owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. This trademark is used with the express permission of International Institute of Business Analysis. BABOK® and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® are registered trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. CBAP® is a certification mark owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. This certification mark is used with the express permission of International Institute of Business Analysis.
Vitech Expands Webinar and Training Courses for Systems Engineering, Systems Architecture and CORE®
Vitech Corporation, the developer of the integrated systems engineering and architecture software suite, CORE, is expanding its webinar and training courses with new offerings beginning in October 2008.
EmbeddedPlus SysML Toolkit 2.5.0 Now Available
EmbeddedPlus has announced the general availability of “SysML Toolkit” release 2.5.0. SysML Toolkit is a modelling tool that allows systems engineering modellers to create models based on the Systems Modelling Language (SysML). SysML toolkit provides support for the SysML 1.1 standard which assists in modelling of a broad range of systems including hardware, software, data, personnel, procedures, and facilities.
SEER for IT: Estimate the Other 60% of IT Systems Costs
The concept for SEER-IT began five years ago when a major customer requested a model to capture the non-software portions of an IT system. In April 2008, SEER for IT (SEER-IT) was introduced. A datasheet is available. Also available is an introduction to SEER for IT video and a press release. Contact a Galorath representative or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Estimate Anything By Comparison with the new SEER Estimate by Comparison
SEER Estimate by Comparison is Galorath’s next generation comparison sizing tool, replacing SEER-AccuScope. With Estimate by Comparison, estimates can be performed for any parameter found in all flagship SEER models, including those for Hardware, Manufacturing, IT and Software. Estimate by Comparison shares copy/paste functionality with the entire SEER model suite.
Click here for Dan Gallorath’s blog entry about Estimate by Comparison.
SEER for Software (SEER-SEM) Version 7.3
Galorath has released version 7.3 of SEER for Software (SEER-SEM). Version 7.3 includes numerous enhancements, including improved metrics and benchmarking, availability of the ISBSG database with over 4,000 completed projects, enhanced schedule / cost modelling for overextended schedules, and knowledge bases for items such as Agile and SAAS. SEER Estimate by Comparison Pro is included with all SEER-SEM editions (see article above). Also the central server based installation has been improved.
Click here to read the press release. Refer to the SEER for Software 7.3 Release Notes for detailed descriptions of all of the new features and enhancements. Click here for a blog entry on Software Estimating.
SEER for Manufacturing (SEER-MFG, Formerly SEER-DFM) Version 6.0 Enhanced With New Processes
SEER for Manufacturing (SEER-MFG) version 6.0 for part, process and assembly is now available. Its major development focus is additional processes. Refer to the SEER for Manufacturing 6.0 Release Notes for detailed descriptions of all of the new features and enhancements. Click here for a blog entry on Manufacturing Estimating.
No Magic Mitigates Risk through Data Interoperability
No Magic, Inc., a provider of business architecture and modelling software, has announced the release of Cameo DataHub 2.0. Cameo DataHub is an enterprise-class product offering enabling the import, export, continuous synchronization and creation of relationships between popular business products including No Magic’s own Cameo™ Requirements+, MagicDraw®, SysML and DoDAF/UPDM as well as Telelogic’s DOORS, IBM Rational’s RequisitePro and CSV formatted files. No Magic says that compatibility with additional tools is to be announced soon.
Artisan GSN Modeler Early Availability Program
Artisan GSN Modeler, states Artisan, provides developers of safety-critical systems with a powerful and easy-to-use visual modelling environment for the creation of well-structured, complex Safety Arguments using the Goal Structuring Notation (GSN).
Artisan Studio 7.0
Artisan Software Tools recently announced Artisan Studio 7.0 model-driven development tool suite. The company states that Artisan Studio provides complete support for UML, OMG SysML™, and Architectural Frameworks in a single, integrated environment. Artisan Studio 7.0 includes major new features and tool improvements for both systems and software engineers.
First-Time MagicDraw® Course Offered in South Africa
Due to the increased popularity of MagicDraw® and recent requests for formal training in South Africa, No Magic has announced a new training course "Practical UML and URDAD-based Business Analysis Using MagicDraw®".
MagicDraw®, SysML plugin and DoDAF plugin version 16.0 beta 2 are released
No Magic has announced the beta releases of MagicDraw, SysML plugin and DoDAF plugin version 16.0 beta 2. MagicDraw 16.0 release is focused on the latest UML 2.2 specification, including improvements in support and usability, model merge, DSL, code engineering, Report Wizard, Teamwork server and SVN communication. This new release uses MDA/MDD to enable generation of code for Oracle databases. In addition, model merge now adds capability to visually merge diagram changes. Diagramming improvements now enable conversion of diagrams to other types of compatible diagrams.
Writing Software Requirements Specifications
by Donn Le Vie, Jr.
How to Do Systems Analysis (Wiley Series in Systems Engineering and Management)
Synopsis: This book focuses on systems analysis, broadly defined to also include problem formulation and interpretation of proposed alternatives in terms of the value systems of stakeholders. Therefore, the book is a complement, not a substitute to other books when teaching systems engineering and systems analysis. The nature of problem solving discussed in this book is appropriate to a wide range of systems analyses. Thus the book can be used as a stand-alone book for teaching the analysis of systems. Also unique is the inclusion of broad case studies to stress problem solving issues, making How to Do Systems Analysis a complement to the many fine works in systems engineering available today.
OMG Advances Standards at Technical Meeting in Orlando, FL
Members of the Object Management Group™ (OMG™) met in Orlando, FL during the week of September 22-26, 2008. At this meeting, nine new and revised specifications finished the adoption process and were approved by the OMG Board of Directors.
Method Framework for Engineering System Architectures
By Donald G. Firesmith, Charles B. Hammons, Peter Capell, DeWitt Latimer, Tom Merendino
Handbook of Research on Modern Systems Analysis and Design Technologies and Applications
By Mahbubur Rahman Syed, Sharifun Nessa Syed
SysML for Systems Engineering
By Jon Holt, Simon Perry, Institution of Engineering and Technology
9 Steps to a Hassle Free and Effective Software Development Project
Following these nine steps may be the ultimate secret weapon to winning business and successfully delivering new easy-to-use software that meets and exceeds expectations…………..
Systems Engineering Competencies Framework
By Robert Halligan
An objective determined by the INCOSE UKAB was ‘to have a measurable set of competencies for systems engineering which will achieve national recognition and will be useful to the enterprises represented by the UKAB’.
Subsequently, the UKAB through a series of workshops defined a set of Competencies for Systems Engineering, and a competency framework intended to enable both employers and employees to define the required systems engineering skills needed from both individuals and teams.
Participants in the development were:
together with a number of other organizations which provided comment.
The competencies that were considered to be predominantly associated with Systems Engineering are grouped into three themes: Systems Thinking, Holistic Lifecycle View, and Systems Engineering Management.
Systems Thinking contains the under-pinning systems concepts and the system/super-system skills, including the enterprise and technology environment.
Holistic Lifecycle View contains all the skills associated with the systems lifecycle from need identification, requirements, and design for the whole of the system lifecycle through to, ultimately, disposal.
Systems Engineering Management deals with the skills of choosing the appropriate lifecycle and the planning, monitoring and control of the systems engineering activities.
For each competency, a table provides:
An Annex to the Framework “Guide to Competency Evaluation”, gives guidance on how to evaluate individuals against the competency framework.
Both the Systems Engineering Competencies Framework Issue 2, and the Guide to Competency Evaluation, may be downloaded at: http://www.incose.org.uk/products.htm
Is Agile a Fad?
I attended today's Agile Denver meeting - this time in Boulder - to hear Mary Poppendieck's presentation, "Is Agile a Fad?"
I'll summarize some of her material here, mostly in reverse order, starting with the key points and conclusions of the talk, followed by some of the contextual info she presented leading up to those conclusions………..
Is Product Management Agile?
There’s a lot of talk about Agile Product Management these days, and for obvious reasons. The thinking is that because of Agile development, Product Managers need to change how they function and adapt themselves to a new way of developing software and become “agile”……………
Designing Complex Systems: Foundations of Design in the Functional Domain (Complex and Enterprise Systems Engineering)
By Erik W. Aslaksen
A Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language
By Sanford Friedenthal, Alan Moore, Rick Steiner
This book provides a guide for modelling systems with SysML. The book includes a full description of the language, along with a quick reference guide, and shows how the language can be applied to specify, analyze, and design systems. It contains examples to help readers understand how SysML can be used in practice. The book also includes guidance on how an organization or project can transition to model-based systems engineering using SysML, with considerations for processes, methods, tools, and training.
Complex Requirements on an Agile Project Addressing the challenges of complex requirements
The real world is a complex place, resulting in complex requirements for any system that has to work there. This is true regardless of development paradigm. Although "agile in the small" methodologies such as Scrum and Extreme Programming (XP) have done much to show us how to improve our approach, too many people have thrown out the requirements management baby with the bureaucracy bathwater after putting too much faith in the overly simplistic strategies of those processes. Luckily, with a bit of discipline, it is straightforward to address the inherent challenges of complex requirements in an agile manner without resorting to the documentation-heavy practices favoured by the traditional community..........
Opinion: Defence industry can tackle climate change
Can - indeed, should - the global aerospace and defence (A&D) industry save the planet from catastrophic climate change? According to a number of observers and industry insiders, the time to address this question is now..........
INCOSE UK 2009 Events Calendar
Project World/World Congress of Business Analysts - Beyond the BABOK® and PMBOK® - National Flagship Event
Orlando, FL, Nov. 18-21, 2008
INCOSE U.K. Autumn Assembly – “Best Practice in Systems Engineering”
Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, England, November 24-25, 2008
The Fourth International Joint Conferences on Computer, Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering (CISSE 2008)
December 5-13, 2008
INCOSE International Workshop (IW) 2009
January 31 – February 3, 2009, San Francisco, CA
INCOSE Los Angeles Chapter (INCOSE-LA) 2009 Mini-Conference
February 7, 2009, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Los Angeles CA
MBSE’09, Second International Conference on Model-Based Systems Engineering
Herzeliya and Haifa, Israel, March 2-5, 2009
SAC 2009, 24th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, March 8 - 12, 2009
Third Workshop on Engineering Complex Distributed Systems (ECDS 2009)
March 16-19, 2009, Fukuoka, Japan
International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems (CISIS) 2009
March, 16th - 19th 2009, Fukuoka Institute of Technology (FIT), Fukuoka, Japan
European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS) 2009
22-29 March 2009, York, UK
Fifth Workshop on Model-Based Testing (MBT) 2009
March 22, 2009, York, UK
The 2nd International Conference on Industrial Informatics and Systems Engineering (IISE 2009)
Leipzig, Germany, 23-25 March 2009
INCOSE U.K. Annual Spring Conference
March 30 – April 1, 2009
The International Council on Systems Engineering Spring 09 Conference
April 2 – 4, 2009
IDEAS 2009- XII Iberoamerican Conference on Requirements Engineering and Software Environments
Medellín, Colombia, 13-17 April 2009
Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER) 2009
Loughborough, UK, 20 - 22 April, 2009
Software & Systems Engineering Essentials 2009
Steigenberger Hotel Berlin, Los-Angeles-Platz 1, 10789 Berlin, Germany Workshops - 25th May 2009, Conference - 26th & 27th May 2009
ICMISE 2009: International Conference on Medical Information Systems Engineering
Tokyo, Japan, May 27-29, 2009
EJC 2009 - 19th European Japanese Conference on Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases
Maribor, Slovenia, June 1-5, 2009
INCOSE 19th Annual International Symposium (IS) 2009
July 20-23, 2009, Singapore
2009 International Conference of the System Dynamics Society
Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 26 - 30, 2009
PICMET '09 Conference: "Technology Management in the Age of Fundamental Change"
August 2 - 6, 2009, Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon, USA
Associate/Assistant Professor in Requirements Eng. at DTU
DTU Informatics, the Department of Informatics and Mathematical Modelling at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, offers a position as associate/assistant professor in the area of Requirements Engineering to strengthen its Software Engineering Section.
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Hubert Baumeister, phone +45 4525 3729, e-mail: email@example.com
Annual Elections are underway at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Positions up for ballot, and nominees, are:
Special Issue on Traceability in Model-Driven Engineering
The European Conference on Model-Driven Architecture has hosted four successful workshops on traceability in MDE. As a result of the success of these workshops, the Journal on Software and Systems Modeling therefore invites original, high-quality submissions for its theme issue on “Traceability”, focusing on topics related to traceability in Model-Driven Engineering. We especially seek contributions presenting practical solutions that address traceability issues, as well as papers that present traceability tool solutions. We also seek papers that address how and when traceability information should be added to models, how it should be kept up-to-date, and how, when and for what purposes it can be used. Some specific topics of interest include:
Distributed Systems Engineering
Web based systems are becoming increasingly popular as tools for user-driven access to information and services. They are increasingly being used to access multimedia systems, information systems, legacy applications and high-performance computational environments. The Distributed Systems Engineering Research Group is investigating systematic and rigorous techniques and integrated tools for the development of such applications. The group’s underlying theoretical foundations are mainly in the areas of internet based systems design and modelling.
INCOSE Central Office has changed
From the INCOSE eNote: Volume 5 Issue 10, 8 November 2008
After over 10 years of INCOSE Central offices being located in Seattle, Washington, USA, we announce the transition of all INCOSE Central services to a new office in San Diego, CA, USA effective immediately. The new office address and staff are as follows:
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
Global Earth Observation System of Systems needs INCOSE members
From the INCOSE eNote: Volume 5 Issue 10, 8 November 2008
Over the next decade, a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) will revolutionize our understanding of the Earth and how it works. With benefits as broad as the planet itself, this U.S.-led initiative promises to make peoples and economies around the globe healthier, safer and better equipped to manage basic daily needs. The aim is to make 21st century technology as interrelated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects, providing the science on which sound policy and decision-making must be built. Building an integrated, comprehensive and sustained global Earth Observation System opens a world of possibilities.
INCOSE has been selected to act as the GEOSS System Integration agent and architecture lead during the Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP).
INCOSE has immediate need for 11 System Engineers trained and experienced in using UML and SySML syntax. Work is estimated to require approximately 600 hours of labor. This will be divided amongst 11 system engineers and 1 lead architect. So an average of 50 hours per engineer is expected. Artisan architecture development tool software will be provided for development of the architecture.
Included in references is a presentation of the five views required to be built for each of the societal benefit scenarios. The INCOSE team will hold interviews with societal benefit teams and develop required UML and SySML views. Contact Lawrence McGovern to participate in the GEOSS effort. No labour dollars will be expended but travel costs will be paid.
These processes are an unprecedented breakthrough for addressing complex business and social challenges. They greatly accelerate and radically improve planning, decision making and alignment-building, and they elicit changes in behaviour that are necessary for real impact.
The functionality of the simulation engine and state space facilities are similar to the corresponding components in Design/CPN, which previously was distributed as a free tool for Coloured Petri Nets. Design/CPN has been replaced by CPN Tools and it is no longer possible to download or to get support or licenses for Design/CPN.
There is a decision pattern behind every strategy and every product. Exposing that pattern as a Decision Network gives you a unique set of controls.
ISO/IEC standard to increase international acceptance of certification of software engineering professionals
The increasing globalization of the software industry implies that a software engineering professional is likely to work in different countries over the course of a career. It is therefore important to develop ways to increase the international acceptance of professional certifications in this domain.
From 1 November ConsensusBuilder Will Be Shut Down.
Standards Australia has introduced Standards Hub - an upgraded system of developing Standards. From September to November 2008, projects are being transferred to the new Standards Hub from ConsensusBuilder. From 1 November Consensus Builder will no longer be operational.
Standards Hub is a one-stop-shop for all committee materials. Its simple user interface will allow for quick and easy communication with other committee members and streamline the public comment and ballot phases of Standards development.
The Free Dictionary by Farlex defines “state”:
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines “state”
The Free Dictionary by Farlex defines “mode”:
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines “mode”:
2. a possible, customary, or preferred way of doing something
Note that both of these U.S. sources for definitions of words in the English language emphasise the fundamental distinction between state and mode:
The definitions also reflect the overlap between the two concepts. As is pointed out in guidance on the application of states and modes, where the level of abstraction relationship of “states used to express dynamics required of the system at the highest level of abstraction” and “modes used to express required dynamics at a lower level of abstraction” is employed, a mode is, in fact, a class of sub-state.
Technical standards, especially requirements specification standards, relevant to engineering have used the terms “state” and “mode” extensively over the years, in most cases without defining these terms (e.g. DI-CMAN-80008, 80008A, 80025, 80025A, the corresponding DI-IPSCs).
PPI announces the introduction of a new international location for delivery of its Systems Engineering 5-day training – the beautiful La Spezia, on the north-west coast of Italy. The first course will be conducted over 16-20 February, 2009.
La Spezia is a city in the Liguria region, at the head of the La Spezia Gulf. The city is home to one of Italy’s major commercial and military harbours, located between Genoa and Pisa on the Ligurian sea. La Spezia also hosts one of the biggest military companies of Italy, OTO Melara.
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