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SyEN 66 – June 21, 2018
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In This Edition
Quotations to Open On
Keep Systems Engineering Simple to Get the Job Done by Sören Ulonska,
Cecilia Haskins, Oluf Tonning, Itxaso Yuguero-Garmendia
Human Systems Integration as a Path to Transformation of System Capability by Gavan Lintern
Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Ralph Young
Challenges to Systems Thinking and How to Overcome Them by René King
Systems Engineering News
Call for Papers: Diversity in Systems Engineering
“Charter of Trust” Established to Strengthen Cybersecurity At SIEMENS Security Conference
Call for Papers - Special Section on Formal Approaches Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers
Summary of the Executive Plenary Panel Systems Engineering for Complex Systems – Challenges and Issues
Space and Naval Warfare Center (SSC) Develops Tailored Process for Development of Mobile Applications
Extension Contributions for EMEASEC granted until June 22
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
Centre for Systems Philosophy
IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society
Software Supporting Systems Engineering Tools News
Professor Peter Jackson in Singapore Releases a Comprehensive Tutorial: Introduction to Arcadia with Capella
GENESYS 6.0 Software for Systems Engineering Now Available
Systems Engineering Publications
Systems Engineering Guidebook: A Guide for Developing, Implementing, Using and Improving Appropriate, Effective and Efficient Systems Engineering Capabilities
Leading Complex Projects: A Data-driven Approach to Mastering the Human Side of Project Management
The Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects: Shaping Institutions, Risks, and Governance
Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis Optimization, Learning, and Decision Support
Understanding A3 Thinking
Education and Academia
University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Punjab
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Some Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites
Standards and Guides
ISO-IEC-IEEE-42010 Survey: The Practical Use of UML for Different Architectural Viewpoints
A Semantic Framework for Systems Engineering Standards
Some Definitions to Close On
The Historical Roots of Concurrent Engineering Fundamentals
Conferences and Meetings
PPI and CTI News
PPI and CTI Events
Upcoming PPI and CTI Participation in Professional Conferences
Quotations to Open On
“The three imperatives for the successful engineering of systems are an ability to achieve an adequate understanding "the problem”, knowledge of solution technologies relevant to solving the problem, and the creativity to see how that technology knowledge can be applied to actually solve the problem. Without these, the other principles and methods of systems engineering are useless.”
Robert John Halligan
“Don't ever settle for average. Average is where the best of the worst and the worst of the best meet.”
James L. Dunn
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
Keep Systems Engineering Simple to Get the Job Done
Sören Ulonska, Cecilia Haskins, Oluf Tonning, Itxaso Yuguero-Garmendia
Department of Engineering Design and Materials
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Department of Production and Quality Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Copyright © 2013 by Sören Ulonska and Cecilia Haskins. Published with permission.
Although this article was written five years ago, it incorporates several suggestions for systems engineers today, including improving communication amongst SE team members, capturing knowledge and passing it on to the next generation SE team, structuring knowledge using a clear and simple approach, and considering the extent to which SE is a discipline and an attitude. The article is innovative, thoughtful, a good teaching tool, well-written, and comprehensive. It describes the concept of “A3 Thinking” (Sobek and Smalley, 2008, a book that is described in the SE Publications section of this issue). The article describes how Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) was introduced to an SE team and then utilized successfully on a project. Importantly, the project manager describes how crucial and helpful it was for him to be able to rely on SEs, and that he came to appreciate that SE work is not restricted only to the technical efforts that are done within the team and for the project or program and the organization. Links to several interesting websites are provided. We look forward to providing another article authored by Dr. Haskins in the next few months.
This paper is a continuation of the reporting on the result of the application of systems engineering and (lean) product development techniques in a student team. The project setting is Trondheim, where the multidisciplinary student team (their two systems engineers are co-authors) designed and produced a car to compete in Shell Eco-Marathon. The paper introduces approaches and discusses the effects of the student team applying SE in a simple way, using visual planning, modeling, and knowledge briefs of lean product development. The paper includes examples of work breakdown structure, A3 documentation, computer-based models, and visual planning, as well as experiences with effective knowledge capture and exchange based on knowledge briefs and the systems architecture. The conclusion is that keeping SE simple and visual helps to motivate team members and makes product development and knowledge exchange between team generations more efficient.
Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) is a worldwide competition that challenges student teams to design, build and test energy-efficient vehicles. The competitive element is the car’s energy consumption converted into gas mileage measured in petrol equivalents (km/l), where the winner in each class is the team that goes the furthest using the least amount of energy (Shell 2012). The competition is arranged once a year, always with slightly different requirements to make the teams improve and adjust their cars.
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has pa