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SyEN​​ 66​​ ​​ June 21, 2018


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In This Edition


Quotations to​​ Open On

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Feature Article

  • Keep Systems Engineering Simple to Get the Job Done​​ by​​ Sören Ulonska,​​ 

Cecilia Haskins, Oluf Tonning, Itxaso Yuguero-Garmendia

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Additional​​ Articles

  • 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

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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

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Featured Organizations

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

  • Centre for Systems Philosophy

  • IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society

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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

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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

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Education and Academia

  • University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore​​ Punjab

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology​​ (NTNU)

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Some Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites

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Standards and Guides

  • ISO-IEC-IEEE-42010 Survey:​​ The Practical Use of UML for Different Architectural Viewpoints

  • A Semantic Framework for Systems Engineering Standards

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Some​​ Definitions to Close On

  • Occam’s Razor

  • The Historical Roots of Concurrent Engineering Fundamentals

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Conferences and Meetings

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PPI​​ and CTI​​ News

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PPI​​ and CTI​​ Events

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Upcoming​​ PPI and CTI​​ Participation in Professional Conferences

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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.”

Carl Jung


Feature Article

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)

Sören Ulonska

​​ Email:​​ sö

Cecilia Haskins

Department of Production and Quality Engineering

Norwegian University of Science and Technology



Copyright © 2013 by Sören Ulonska and Cecilia Haskins. Published with permission.


Editor’s Note

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