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1. Quotations to Open On

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2. Feature Article

2.1     MBSE Integration with Mechanical Design by Jose L. Fernandez

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3. Additional Articles

3.1    Updates in the Evolution of Systems Engineering by Steven H. Dam

3.2    The Role of Requirements in an MBSE World by Lou Wheatcraft

3.3    Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Randall Iliff

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4. Systems Engineering News

4.1     Passing of Harold “Bud” Lawson (1937–2019)

4.2    INCOSE Systems Engineering Mentorship Program Progress

4.3    5th Workshop for Systems Engineering in Wind Energy

4.4     PMI’s PMP Exam to Be Updated in December 2019

4.5    INCOSE Leadership Call for Nominations

4.6     Webinar: Integrating MBSE into a Model-Based Engineering Environment

4.7    INCOSE Social Media Update

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5. Featured Organizations

5.1    Creativita Institute

5.2    Engineering for Change

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6. News on Software Tools Supporting Systems Engineering

6.1    Vitech Releases GENESYS 7.0

6.2    Release of Tom Sawyer Perspectives 8.3.1

6.3    Arcadia/Capella News and Upcoming Events

6.4    Call for Responses to the Systems Modeling Language (SysML®) v2 Request For Proposal (RFP)

6.5    Teamcenter MBSE Integration Gateway 4.2: What’s New

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7. Systems Engineering Publications

7.1    Practical Model-Based Systems Engineering

7.2    Systems Engineering Jr. Handbook

7.3    Introduction to the Theory of Complex Systems

7.4    Worlds Hidden in Plain Sight

7.5    An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

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8. Education and Academia

8.1     Singapore University of Technology and Design: Engineering and Systems Design PhD Program

8.2    Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise: University of New Hampshire, Durham New Hampshire USA

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9. Some Systems Engineering-Relevant Websites

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10. Standards and Guides

10.1    ISO 10303-233:2012 Product Data Representation and Exchange: Part 233 Application Protocol: Systems engineering

10.2    A Guide for Systems Engineering Graduate Work: How to Write Well and Make Your Critical Thinking Visible

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11. Some Definitions to Close On

11.1    Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE)

11.2    Pipelines of Processes in Object Oriented Architectures (PPOOA) Methodology

11.3    Knowledge Engineering

11.4    Systems Change

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12. Conferences and Meetings

12.1    2019 Annual INCOSE Western States Regional Conference (WSRC)

12.2    2019 Australian Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW)

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13. PPI and CTI News

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14. PPI and CTI Events

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15. Upcoming PPI Participation in Professional Conferences

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“I believe that, within 30 years, systems engineering will be in every MBA program.

Not called systems engineering, but present in the way of thinking and acting that

defines systems engineering.”

Robert John Halligan

“Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.”

Author Unknown

“Teaching is not the filling of the pail, rather the lighting of the fire.”

William Butler Yeats


2.1 MBSE Integration with Mechanical Design


3.1 Updates in the Evolution of Systems Engineering

3.2 The Role of Requirements in an MBSE World


3.3    IS 2019 Update on the INCOSE – PMI Alliance


4.1 Passing of Harold “Bud” Lawson (1937–2019)

It is with a sense of strong friendship and deep sadness that we report on the passing of Bud Lawson. Bud was a software engineer, computer architect, and systems engineer. He is credited with the 1964 invention of the pointer variable and with introducing this concept into PL/I, thus providing, for the first time, the capability to flexibly treat linked lists in a general-purpose high level language. His seminal paper on the concepts appeared in the June 1967 issue of Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM) entitled: “PL/I List Processing”. In 2000, Bud was presented the Computer Pioneer Award by the IEEE for his invention.

In July, 2010 he published a new book entitled A Journey through the Systems Landscape. The book provides a comprehensive discipline-independent approach to learning to “think” and “act” in terms of systems. As described on Amazon, “this book informs us that systems are everywhere and affect us daily in our private and professional lives. We all use the word “system” to describe something that is essential but often abstract, complex and even mysterious. However, learning to utilize system concepts as first-class objects as well as methodologies for systems thinking and systems engineering provides a basis for removing the mystery and moving towards mastery even for complex systems. This journey through the Systems Landscape has been developed to promote learning to “think” and “act” in terms of systems. A unique aspect is the introduction of concrete system semantics provided as a “system survival kit” and based upon a limited number of concepts and principles as well as a mental model called the system-coupling diagram. This discipline-independent presentation assists individuals and is essential for building a learning organization that can utilize a systems approach to achieving its enterprise goals. The eight chapters are presented as stops along a journey that successively build system knowledge. Each chapter terminates with a Knowledge Verification section that provides questions and exercises for individuals and groups. Case studies reflecting the utilization of the system related concepts, principles and methodologies are provided as chapter interludes.”

Amongst several academic appointments, Bud’s last position was as Professor of Telecommunications and Computer Systems at Linköping University where he co-founded its Department of Computer and Information Science in 1983.

He was a Fellow of ACM, Fellow and Life Member of the IEEE, and Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), IEEE Charles Babbage Computer Pioneer, and INCOSE Systems Engineering Pioneer.

Bud died in Stockholm on June 10, 2019, after a period of illness.

4.2 INCOSE Systems Engineering Mentorship Program Progress

INCOSE’s newly created mentor/mentee program, available to all INCOSE members, has kicked off and has successfully matched over half a dozen mentors and mentees since the INCOSE IW 2019, with a few additional matches in the works. The Program currently has several experienced systems engineers who are ready to support those seeking mentors. If you are seeking a mentor, or are willing to be a mentor, please visit INCOSE’s Mentor-Mentee Initiative page.

4.3 5th Workshop for Systems Engineering in Wind Energy

2-4 October 2019, Pamplona (Spain)

The Wind Energy Systems Engineering Workshop is a biennial event that invites speakers from academia, industry, and international research laboratories to discuss topics relevant to systems engineering and the wind industry. The previous edition, held in September 2017 with over 120 participants, demonstrated the significant growth in interest from the research and industry communities surrounding systems engineering for wind energy and integrated approaches to wind turbine and plant design.

At this fifth workshop, CENER is partnering with NREL and DTU Wind Energy to co-host the event. The theme of the workshop will be on “understanding system interactions and the innovative ways that different wind energy stakeholders integrate them into their research and designs”. The workshop will be held jointly with the final meeting of the European research project, CL-Windcon (Closed-Loop Wind Farm Control) which CENER coordinates. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the final presentations from this 3-year effort.

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4.4 PMI’s PMP Exam to Be Updated in December 2019

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam will be updated in December to ensure it reflects up-to-date practices and equips project managers with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s modern project environments.

From the PMI website:

Every 3-5 years we conduct research to understand how the profession has progressed, the impact of emerging trends, and how the responsibilities of project managers have changed. The last round of this research was conducted in 2015 and resulted in the current PMP exam content outline.

Subject matter experts from leading organizations around the world are currently working with us to define the PMP of the future. As this effort advances, we will keep you informed on key outcomes and help you prepare for the upcoming changes to the PMP.

The NEW PMP® Exam Content Outline provides the framework of what you can expect on the PMP Exam after 15 December 2019. The PMP Exam Content Crossover Map will help you identify areas of content to update your PMP Exam Prep Course so it is aligned to the 2019 Exam Content Outline (ECO).

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4.5 INCOSE Leadership Call for Nominations

Deadline Extended to 22nd August 2019

The period for INCOSE BoD election nominations has been extended until 22nd August 2019 to allow all those people considering standing for election the time to complete the process.

To nominate an individual, please send the name of the proposed candidate and position for which you are making a nomination to Alan Harding, Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee. All nominations will be acknowledged via email to ensure that no nominations are lost. If you have not received an acknowledgment of your nomination within 48 hours, please contact the Central Office at +1 858.541.1725 or Helpdesk.

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4.6 Webinar: Integrating MBSE into a Model-Based Engineering Environment

10 September 2019 – 10am EDT

In many domains, including Aerospace and Defense, solutions for customers are becoming increasingly more complex.  The use of modeling, especially more contemporary integrated model-based techniques, languages and tools, holds promise for being able to address these complexity challenges.

This talk will discuss the use of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) at Lockheed Martin Space, how it fits into the broader context of Model-Based Engineering, and how the two work together to enable better engineering solutions.


Mr. Chris Schreiber
Systems Engineering, Sr. Manager
Lockheed Martin Space Systems

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4.7 INCOSE Social Media Update


Alan Harding

Email: alandharding@gmail.com

Editor’s note: Alan Harding is a former President of INCOSE.

I am delighted to update everyone on how the INCOSE social media activity is growing and of our plans going forwards. We now have a social media team, and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both Daniel Lee and Tino Garcia to Marketing Communications (MARCOM). Here is an introduction to the team.


Daniel Lee has taken on the responsibility of managing LinkedIn for us. Since discovering systems engineering over a decade ago, Daniel has pursued systems as more of a hobby than a career. He is an applications engineer with Eaton for Marina Power and Lighting Solutions and is on the Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Area (HRA) Chapter of INCOSE. Daniel lives in Williamsburg, Virginia USA.


Tino Garcia has recently become the INCOSE Facebook administrator. He is a board member of the Space Coast INCOSE Chapter (Florida USA). He is a systems engineer with 15 years’ experience in the US military and Department of Defense (DoD) contracting. He currently develops DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) architecture diagrams using the Unified Profile for DoDAF/MODAF standards as part of ENSCO’s systems engineering architecture management team. He has been a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) for the past five and a half years.

Assistant Director Social Media and Twitter.

I continue to lead INCOSE’s social media activities and to look after both the general INCOSE Twitter account and the INCOSE President’s Twitter feed. I have been a member of INCOSE since 2005 and serve in a variety of roles including leading INCOSE UK and most recently as INCOSE President for 2016-2017. I am the head of information systems engineering at BAE Systems Air, and I live in Shropshire, GB. Having a team will allow us to work together, share ideas on how to use social media effectively for INCOSE, and to cover for each other when someone is unavailable or on vacation. It will also allow us to plan activities that span the social media channels—and to coordinate even better to get information out to INCOSE members and potential new members. My vision is for a social media team that evolves to reflect our diverse membership, and so I would be delighted to hear from anyone from across INCOSE who wants to get involved with the team. Right now, I am looking for someone who can help us set up and run a new Instagram channel that we will target to people in the high school, college, and wider millennial communities. With its younger user demographic (71 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds say that they use it), we think this is a good thing to try, and I would love to launch this new channel at the International Symposium (IS) where there is a lot going on and lots of photographs available to use. If you think you might be interested in this, please contact me at alan.harding@incose.org.


5.1 Creativita Institute

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Editor’s note: See the article concerning the Systems Engineering Jr. Handbook in the SE Publications section of this issue.

Creativita Institute is in the development of fun and inspiring activities for young people who are interested in becoming our future science and technology leaders. The Institute has been working with different educational organizations, industry experts, and non-profit organizations on establishing hands-on environment to promote exciting mentor-based projects. Depending upon selected subjects, the participating students will develop different science, engineering, and technology skills, as well as system thinking and project execution disciplines.

By adopting structured project development experiences, participating students will have exciting chances to develop not only the innovation ability, but also to foster well-rounded life capabilities such as teamwork, leadership, and project management skills.

Through multiple-year engagement and development, the participating organizations plan to mature a set of System Engineering Handbook and associated project examples that can foster an appropriate level of educational experiences/materials suitable for promoting the Systems Engineering principles at the high school and college levels.

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5.2 Engineering for Change

Engineering for Change (E4C) is an online platform and international community of engineers, scientists, non-governmental organizations, local community advocates and other innovators working to solve global development problems. The organization’s founding partners are the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Engineers Without Borders USA. Collaborators include Siemens Stiftung, The Level Market, Autodesk Foundation, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, CAWST, WFEOITUInstitute of Food Technologists, and United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. E4C facilitates the development of affordable, locally appropriate and sustainable solutions to the most pressing humanitarian challenges and shares them freely online as a form of open source appropriate technology.

Members of the E4C community use the platform’s online tools to share knowledge and collaborate. They work together to design and apply technical solutions wherever they see the need. Solutions fall into seven categories on the organization’s Web site, and they can include big infrastructural projects such as community water purification and bridge building, or smaller, personal technologies such as bicycle-powered electricity generators and cellphone applications for healthcare.

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6.1 Vitech Releases GENESYS 7.0

GENESYS 7.0 delivers a number of enhancements to better support the engineering and communication of your system design, including:

         Enhanced connection of architecture and analytics with the new ModelCenter MBSE connector,

         New model management capabilities including reuse of patterns and library components,

         An alert framework notifying users of changes to their selected aspects of the model,

  • Enhanced configuration management capabilities enabling teams to implement their desired approaches, and

         Usability features, notably spell check.

For more information about this release, check out our Introduction to GENESYS 7.0 webinar, presented by VP of Business Development, Mark Malinoski at http://www.vitechcorp.com/resources/video_archive.php

6.2 Release of Tom Sawyer Perspectives 8.3.1

Tom Sawyer Software has released an update to their graph and visualization and analysis technology that will improve performance for loading data into internal block and parametric diagrams. This release features improved web application rendering response time by up to 10% and additional improvements to product quality. In Graph and Data Visualization, users can save time with faster layout and social network analysis. There is improved centering of edge attachment points along node sides in hierarchical drawings with orthogonal edge routing, as well as in orthogonal drawings.

In the Model-Based Engineering solution, performance is greatly improved when loading data into Internal Block and Parametric diagrams. The Graph Database Browser has more effective messaging when there is no additional data to add to a graph drawing. And in Business Process, there is improved behavior of process execution through merging gateways.

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6.3 Arcadia/Capella News and Upcoming Events

Stéphane Bonnet of Thales Corporate Engineering provides the following information:

  • A public Capella Day is being organized in Munich, Germany, on Sept 16th 2019. Further information and registration: https://www.polarsys.org/capella/capella_day_munich_2019.html
  • June 2019: Release of Capella 1.3.1 with major updates, including support for effdb-like notation that allows capture sequence and control information in functional chains (editor’s note: more information on this pivotal newly added capability will be explored in subsequent editions of PPI SyEN).
  • INCOSE webinar on October 16th: “Fostering MBSE in the corporate engineering culture: The Thales story”.
  • Capella webinar on September 10th, 2019: Discover the newly enriched Capella functional chains.
  • Capella webinar on November 14th, 2019: How Model-Based Systems Engineering practices support the effective implementation of a Product Line Engineering approach.

6.4 Call for Responses to the Systems Modeling Language (SysML®) v2 Request For Proposal (RFP)

A reminder that submissions of response to the Object Management Group RFP are due on 4 November 2019. This RFP specifies the requirements for the next generation of the OMG Systems Modeling Language (OMG SysML® v2) that are intended to address many of the limitations of the current version of OMG SysML® to enable the more effective application of model-based systems engineering (MBSE). In particular, the emphasis for SysML v2 is to improve the precision, expressiveness, interoperability, and the consistency and integration of the language concepts relative to SysML v1. SysML v2 will express the core concepts required to precisely specify a system, its elements, and its environment (i.e., the system model). The language will be specified as both a SysML profile of UML and as a SysML metamodel. A complementary SysML v2 API and Services RFP is intended to further enhance interoperability by specifying standard services to access SysML v2 models. (The specific requirements for this RFP are contained in Section 6.)

The SysML® v2 RFP was issued on December 8, 2017. This culminated an 18-month effort to develop the requirements for the next-generation systems modeling language, which is intended to improve the precision, expressiveness, and usability over SysML v1. The requirements reflect lessons-learned from applying model-based systems engineering (MBSE) with SysML since its adoption more than 10 years ago.

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6.5 Teamcenter MBSE Integration Gateway 4.2: What’s New

Teamcenter Mechatronics Engineering is now renamed Teamcenter MBSE Integration Gateway. The following new APIs are available:

  • getStateOfCurrentModel: This API provides information about model dependencies and metadata that is cached in the derby database.
  • getStateOfCurrentModel: This API provides the status of the File client cache (FCC).
  • You can install Teamcenter MBSE Integration Gateway using Deployment Center.

For more information, see the Deploying Teamcenter MBSE Integration Gateway documentation.


7.1 Practical Model-Based Systems Engineering


Jose L. Fernandez and Carlos Hernandez

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Editor’s note: An author of this book, José L. Fernández, provided the Feature Article for this issue of PPI SyEN.

From the Artech House Website:

This comprehensive resource provides systems engineers and practitioners with the analytic, design and modeling tools of the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodology of Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE) and Pipelines of Processes in Object Oriented Architectures (PPOOA) methodology. This methodology integrates model-based systems and software engineering approaches for the development of complex products, including aerospace, robotics and energy domains applications.

Readers learn how to synthesize physical architectures using design heuristics and trade-off analysis. The book provides information about how to identify, classify and specify the system requirements of a new product or service. Using Systems Modeling Language (SysML) constructs, readers will be able to apply ISE&PPOOA methodology in the engineering activities of their own systems.

Comments by the Author:

It is important to highlight these considerations of what the book is and is not:

  • The book is a detailed description of the Integrated Systems Engineering and Pipelines of Processes in Object Oriented Architectures (ISE&PPOOA) methodology and its application in examples made by collaborators who are professionals in these matters, such as fixed-wing drones, robotics, and electric power generation.
  • The book emphasizes the development of functional architecture and the use of heuristics to develop the physical architecture or architecture of the solution.
  • The requirements are a very important part of the ISE&PPOOA methodology.
  • The methodology ISE&PPOOA is independent of the commercial tools; in fact, two different ones have been used in the examples.
  • The book is not a traditional systems engineering book, although SE is discussed in Chapter 2.
  • The book is not a SysML book, although if such a notation is used, its use is explained in Appendix A.

Jose L. Fernandez, Integrated Systems Engineering and Pipelines of Processes in Object Oriented Architectures Methodologist

Available: July 31, 2019

Format: Hardcopy

Publisher: Artech House

ISBN: 9781630815790

7.2 Systems Engineering Jr. Handbook

A collaboration by

The International Council on Systems Engineering Los Angeles USA Chapter


The Creativita Institute

Introduction (from the Handbook)

Welcome to Systems Engineering! In this student handbook, we would like to explore the subject of systems engineering with you to build a powerful set of concepts with processing tools for your future system design, development, and management projects.

Systems engineering is a way of thinking as well as a way of doing. Its roots began with the development of large-scale complex technical systems in the mid-20th century such as the Manhattan project. Since then many “super” projects for the engineering of large-scale and complex technical systems continue to evolve. Many of these projects, e.g., space station and Mars exploration mission, continue to inspire us.

According to a study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) titled “Assessing the Relationship between Education and the Workforce” published on Jun 9, 2014, ‘Both the number of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees awarded and the number of jobs in STEM fields increased in recent years.’ Many government programs, such as the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) were established to help adopt the education and practice of systems engineering (SE). They all recognized the critical need for the skills of engineering and systems.

To respond to the call, we are introducing SE in this student handbook to convey how the concept can apply to a variety of STEM projects. In the second part of the handbook, we will zero in on SE applications on Technology Competitions such as Robotics Contests.

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7.2 Introduction to the Theory of Complex Systems

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Stefan Thurner, Rudolf Hanel, and Peter Klimek

From the Amazon.com Website:

This book is a comprehensive introduction to quantitative approaches to complex adaptive systems. Practically all areas of life on this planet are constantly confronted with complex systems, be it ecosystems, societies, traffic, financial markets, opinion formation and spreading, or the internet and social media. Complex systems are systems composed of many elements that interact strongly with each other, which makes them extremely rich dynamical systems showing a huge range of phenomena. Properties of complex systems that are of particular importance are their efficiency, robustness, resilience, and proneness to collapse.

The quantitative tools and concepts needed to understand the co-evolutionary nature of networked systems and their properties are challenging. The book gives a self-contained introduction to these concepts, so that the reader will be equipped with a toolset that allows them to engage in the science of complex systems. Topics covered include random processes of path-dependent processes, co-evolutionary dynamics, dynamics of networks, the theory of scaling, and approaches from statistical mechanics and information theory. The book extends beyond the early classical literature in the field of complex systems and summarizes the methodological progress made over the past 20 years in a clear, structured, and comprehensive way.

Format: Kindle, Hardcover

Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 4, 2018)


ISBN-10: 9780198821939

ISBN-13: 978-0198821939

ASIN: 019882193X

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7.4 Worlds Hidden in Plain Sight


David C. Krakauer

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From the Amazon.com Website:

Over the last three decades, the Santa Fe Institute and its network of researchers have been pursuing a revolution in science. Ignoring the boundaries of disciplines and schools and searching for novel fundamental ideas, theories, and practices, this international community integrates the full range of scientific inquiries that will help us to understand and survive on a complex planet. This volume collects essays from the past thirty years of research, in which contributors explain in clear and accessible language many of the deepest challenges and insights of complexity science. Explore the evolution of complex systems science with chapters from Nobel Laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Kenneth Arrow, as well as numerous pioneering complexity researchers, including John Holland, Brian Arthur, Robert May, Richard Lewontin, Jennifer Dunne, and Geoffrey West.

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Santa Fe Institute Press (April 27, 2019)


ISBN-10: 1947864157

ISBN-13: 978-1947864153

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7.5 An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management


Will Larson

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From the Amazon.com Website:

There’s a saying that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers. Management is a key part of any organization, yet the discipline is often self-taught and unstructured. Getting to the good solutions of complex management challenges can make the difference between fulfillment and frustration for teams, and, ultimately, the success or failure of companies.

Will Larson’s An Elegant Puzzle orients around the particular challenges of engineering management–from sizing teams to technical debt to succession planning–and provides a path to the good solutions. Drawing from his experience at Digg, Uber, and Stripe, Will Larson has developed a thoughtful approach to engineering management that leaders of all levels at companies of all sizes can apply. An Elegant Puzzle balances structured principles and human-centric thinking to help any leader create more effective and rewarding organizations for engineers to thrive in.

Format: Kindle, Hardcover

Publisher: Stripe Press (May 28, 2019)


ISBN-10: 1732265186

ISBN-13: 978-1732265189

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8.1 Singapore University of Technology and Design

Engineering and Systems Design PhD Program

The Engineering and Systems Design (ESD) PhD program aims to produce the next generation of leading engineering systems researchers and thinkers. It provides students with a strong technical foundation and puts an emphasis on inter-disciplinary and collaborative research. This is enhanced by experiences in industry, teaching, and international exchange. The program is mentoring-intensive with a unique flexible advising structure that allows students to work with multiple faculty members and faculty members to engage with multiple students. PhD students also benefit from professional development opportunities with a focus on soft skills, including communication, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Students attending the PhD program go through a rigorous set of common core courses in optimization, operations management, probability and statistics; moreover they will also have the opportunity to choose form a diverse set of elective courses that allows them to gain in-depth knowledge in one or more specialization areas.

The ESD PhD program offers students the opportunity to work with faculty who are at the very forefront of their fields and come from the very best universities in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and Cornell, and with diverse nationalities, including countries from North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

The ESD pillar is rapidly growing and will continue to do so for the next several years. ESD faculty are engaged in leading edge research in a wide range of disciplines including optimization, stochastic modelling, game theory, economics, control science, system dynamics, public policy, organizational and behavioral sciences. They are also engaged in important applications including supply chains, transportation and logistics, healthcare, energy and the environment, service systems, financial engineering, critical infrastructure and security, social networks, telecommunication systems, renewable energy, and electricity markets. ESD faculty are tackling these problems using analytical, computational, empirical, and experimental approaches and methodologies.

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8.2 Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise

University of New Hampshire, Durham New Hampshire USA

The Center for System Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE) is an interdisciplinary center which encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage with social innovation, an exciting emerging field which harnesses the tools of business and public policy to contribute to a socially and environmentally more sustainable world. The CSIE offers many programs and events to support students in their learning paths and growth and to support faculty and community partners in their social innovation work.

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This wiki supports the activities of the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Initiative that is sponsored by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the Object Management Group (OMG) Systems Engineering Domain Specific Interest Group (DSIG) (OMG SE DSIG). Refer to the MBSE Initiative Overview for a brief summary. It identifies the sponsoring organizations, provides an overview of the MBSE Initiative, and describes the Challenge and Activity Teams created by the MBSE Initiative to launch specialized areas of MBSE-related development activity or work on specific challenge problems.


Systems Engineering Domain Specific Interest Group (DSIG)

The Website provides the background leading to the creation of the SE DSIG. The SE DSIG kickoff meeting was held on September 13, 2001 in Toronto. The initial phase of the SE DSIG focused on developing the requirements for UML for Systems Engineering and the development of a new standard to support the Department of Defense (DoD) and Ministry of Defense (MOD) Architecture Frameworks (DODAF and MODAF). The SE DSIG effort has been closely aligned with the on-going ISO AP-233 standard activity [AP-233]. AP-233 is focused on developing a data interchange standard for systems engineering, which is intended to provide a neutral data format to exchange systems engineering information among tools. The SE DSIG effort is focused on establishing standards for system modeling, and is part of OMG’s broader effort to evolve UML to address both general and domain specific requirements, such as manufacturing, telecommunications, and healthcare.


Lifecycle Modeling Language

Home site to the Lifecycle Modeling Language (LML), a language geared to provide organizations a structured and behavioral language that will provide a simple way to understand and communicate cost, schedule and performance design information to all stakeholders in a standard manner. The combination of a simple structure with appropriate graphical visualizations for every entity class will facilitate the understanding of design for all stakeholders throughout the product lifecycle (concept through disposal). This language will reduce the cost of design and enable more rapid product development to better match information technology and other technical product development timelines. This Website provides information about LML, including the LML Steering Committee, the LML Specification, and upcoming events.



10.1 ISO 10303-233:2012

Product Data Representation and Exchange

Part 233 Application Protocol: Systems engineering

ISO 10303-233:2012 specifies an application protocol for the representation of systems engineering data. It defines the context, scope and information requirements for various development stages during the design of a system. ISO 10303-233:2012 is applicable to any form of system, including aircraft, cars, ships, railways, and plant.

Purchase/read more here.

10.2. A Guide for Systems Engineering Graduate Work

How to Write Well and Make Your Critical Thinking Visible


Systems Engineering Department Naval Postgraduate School

This guide is designed to help students communicate effectively in writing. It is useful for all graduate work and the thesis or capstone project report. Technical and nontechnical communication is perceived as a lesser component of engineering education. Writing skill receives little attention, even though it is consistently cited by professional societies, employers, and accrediting bodies in the United States— such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)—as vital for a proficient engineer. The ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission’s (EAC) Criterion for Accrediting Engineering Programs lists several requirements for the successful engineer:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, societal and environmental context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Education 2009)

Outcomes (d), (f), and (g) require that an ABET-accredited curricula address developing students’ understanding of professional responsibility, how to work on teams, and how to communicate effectively. These are soft skills, and as such receive minimal attention in an already crowded engineering curriculum because such skills are often the hardest to teach, learn, and assess. Practice in authentic engineering contexts, such as in capstone design projects, teaches soft skills better than classroom lectures do. Communication rates as one of the most highly desired and important traits of a successful engineer in the U.S. defense workforce. The results of a 2010 survey of engineers from the Department of Defense (DOD) systems engineering 38,000-member workforce are shown in following image. Next to professional ethics, communication simultaneously requires the highest level of proficiency and ranks as the most mission critical of any of the 29 engineering competencies surveyed.

Download the guide here.


11.1 Integrated Systems Engineering (ISE)

Integrated systems engineering is performed by skilled systems engineers studying integration and analysis of various subsystems in product and process design, testing, manufacturing, and engineering services.

Source: National Fluid Power Center of Integrated Systems Engineering

11.2 Pipelines of Processes in Object Oriented Architectures (PPOOA) Methodology

Processes Pipelines in Object Oriented Architectures is an architectural style for software intensive architectures where concurrency is a main concern. It can be used when individual paths of execution are required to be concurrent and several processes may be positioned along the path to control the action.

Source: Processes Pipelines in Object Oriented Architectures

11.3 Knowledge Engineering

Knowledge engineering is a field of artificial intelligence (AI) that tries to emulate the judgment and behavior of a human expert in a given field. Knowledge engineering is the technology behind the creation of expert systems to assist with issues related to their programmed field of knowledge.

Source: Search Enterprise Artificial Intelligence

11.4 Systems Change

The idea that interventions can be designed that fundamentally reshape social or environmental systems that perpetuate injustice or negative results.

Source: “Systems Change in Social Intervention”
Stanford Social Innovation Review.


For more information on systems engineering related conferences and meetings, please go to our website.

The featured events for this edition are:

12.1 2019 Australian Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW)

28 – 29 October 2019 – Melbourne, Australia

The Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) is proud to host the Australian Systems Engineering Workshop (ASEW) in Melbourne from 28th to 29th October 2019.

If you are involved in the delivery of new capability or the provision of critical infrastructure services or even at the forefront of the Sustainability Era then the ASEW will contribute significantly to your journey. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner of Systems Engineering or have recently become introduced to the methodology these two days will add direct value to the challenges you face every day. Through various modes of workshop engagement this event provides access to Peers and technical specialists across numerous industries to breakdown and explore present day and real world issues. As a minimum you will walk away with a deeper understanding of many of the complex or complicated engineering topics being faced by our nation but more than likely you will gain a different perspective or alternative approach that will stimulate change and promote a new way of solving YOUR current problems. This is the power of Systems Thinking within the collective experience of our national Systems Engineering cohort.

The 2018 ASEW was held in Adelaide and saw the continuation of the multi-stream approach to ensure topics and themes of relevance to all participants. This was a very successful event and saw a record number of attendees participating and actively contributing to the facilitated workshops. The industries represented included Transport, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Energy and Space. In addition to the workshops and initiatives discussed at ASEW18, SESA members participate in a number of International Working Groups (through INCOSE) which are used to catalyze the development of technical product and inform the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge. Some of these working groups include

  • Complex Systems
  • System-of-Systems
  • Requirements
  • Project Management – Systems Engineering Integration
  • Model-based Conceptual Design
  • Engineering Process Standards

This year we will continue from the success of ASEW18 and leverage the 2 established and recognized SESA Working Groups within Transport and Telecommunications to further explore the progress and uptake of Systems Engineering within their respective industries. In addition to this and to ensure a program built to deliver on YOUR professional needs; If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can register your interest for ASEW19.

More information here.

12.2 2019 Annual INCOSE Western States Regional Conference (WSRC)

12 – 15 September 2019 – Los Angeles, USA

The Future State of Systems Engineering, according to the INCOSE Vision 2025, will make significant strides in meeting the challenges and needs of the global environment, human and societal needs, policy and business challenges, as well as the technologies that underlie systems.  Its relevance and influence will go beyond traditional aerospace and defense systems and extend into the broader realm of engineered, natural and social systems. WSRC2019 has tracks being formed to address SE Application to Healthcare and Medical Devices and SE in Large Observatories being developed to explore the farthest reaches of the universe.

WSRC2019 is for the entire western region of the United States community – not just INCOSE members and not just systems engineers.  The community is connected by our shared interest in the successful advance of systems vital to our regional and global prosperity.

WSRC2019 will feature an INCOSE SE Professional Development Day (SE PDD).  The SE PDD will be a virtual extension of the conference, with the featured sessions broadcast from LMU to several satellite sites on Saturday the 14th of September.

Technical program

Thursday – Friday

  • Optional Workshop (2 Day: Thurs./Fri. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.): SE Bootcamp: Taking SE to the Next Level.


  • Optional Workshop continues.
  • Full-Day Workshop: CSEP Examination Preparation Class, Systems Engineering Handbook V4.0 (day-one of two) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Half-Day Tutorial: Systems Engineering to the Rescue. 9 am – 12 pm
  • Half-Day Tutorial: Correcting Misperceptions of Systems Engineering Practices, 1pm – 5pm.


  • Multi-track Presentations and Panel Discussion: Work force, Healthcare, Agile, MBSE, Systems Research and Analysis, Natural and Social Systems
  • Systems Engineering Professional Development Day (SE-PDD) Track, with speakers from each of the tracks listed
  • Regional Remote Satellite Sites Will be Available
  • Full Day Workshop: CSEP Examination Preparation Class, Systems Engineering Handbook V4.0 (day-two of two) 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Second Half)
  • Cocktail Hour (5pm – 6 pm) and Optional Dinner Banquet: Keynote Speaker:  LtCol Kellie Brownlee, AF Space Future Ground Systems, 6 – 9 p.m.


  • Keynote Speaker:  Dr. George Angeli, SE for Giant Telescope Observatories
  • Multi-track presentations and Panel Discussions:  Agile, MBSE, SE Perspectives, SE Case Studies
  • Systems Engineering Professional Exam for INCOSE ASEP/CSEP Certification (9.45am – 12pm)
  • Optional Tour (1pm – 4 pm): NASA/Northrop-Grumman Museum and James Webb Space Telescope (if accessible)

Download a list of all presentations/panels and tutorials and the presenters here: Technical Program


13.1 Welcome Kayleigh Elliot!

PPI is delighted to welcome Kayleigh Elliot to the PPI family! Kayleigh will assume position of Corporate Communications Manager, a role spanning a range of responsibilities including interacting with PPI course delegates, supporting PPI publications and support for business development and marketing. Kayleigh’s background is in corporate communications and management. Outside of her professional life, Kayleigh enjoys photography, art and writing. We know that Kayleigh’s positive energy and strong organizational skills will be very beneficial to the company. Welcome, Kayleigh!

13.2 Bijan Elahi Receives System Safety Award

Bijan Elahi, presenter of PPI’s Medical Device Risk Management 3 Day Course, has received another award, the 2019 Scientific Research and Development Award in System Safety, for innovations in quantitative methods for risk management, awarded by the International System Safety Society. Well done, Bijan!

Read Bijan’s bio here.


On-site systems engineering training is being delivered worldwide throughout the year. Below is an overview of public courses. For a full public training course schedule, please visit https://www.ppi-int.com/course-schedule/

Systems Engineering 5-Day Courses

Upcoming locations include:

  • Bristol, United Kingdom (P006-782)

    16 Sep – 20 Sep 2019

Requirements Analysis and Specification Writing 5-Day Courses

Upcoming locations include:

  • Melbourne, Australia (P007-484)

    14 Oct – 18 Oct 2019

Systems Engineering Management 5-Day Courses

Upcoming locations include:

  • Stellenbosch, South Africa (P1135-163)

    16 Sep – 20 Sep 2019

Systems Engineering Overview 3-Day Courses

Upcoming locations include:

  • Chantilly, Virginia, United States of America (P884-15)

    09 Dec – 11 Dec 2019

Requirements, OCD and CONOPS in Military Capability Development 5-Day Courses

Upcoming locations include:

  • Pretoria, South Africa (P958-58)

    21 Oct – 25 Oct 2019

Engineering Successful Infrastructure Systems (ESIS5D)

Upcoming locations include:

  • Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America (P2005-3)

    02 Dec – 06 Dec 2019

Architectural Design 5-Day Course

Upcoming locations include:

  • London, United Kingdom (P1768-23)

    09 Nov – 13 Nov 2019

CSEP Preparation 5-Day Courses (Presented by Certification Training International, a PPI company)

Upcoming locations include:

  • Utrecht, the Netherlands (C002-85)

    02 Sep – 06 Sep 2019

Medical Device Risk Management 3-Day Course

Upcoming locations include:

  • San Francisco, California, United States of America (P1848-4)

    18 Nov – 20 Nov 2019

Other training courses available on-site only include:

  • Project Risk and Opportunity Management 3-Day
  • Managing Technical Projects 2-Day
  • Integrated Product Teams 2-Day
  • Software Engineering 5-Day


PPI will be participating in the following upcoming events. We support the events that we are sponsoring and look forward to meeting old friends and making new friends at the events at which we will be exhibiting.

Asia Oceania Systems Engineering Conference 2019


Date: 17 – 18 October, 2019

Location: Bangalore, India

INCOSE UK Annual Systems Engineering Conference


Date: 19 – 20 November, 2019

Location: Leeds, England, UK

The INCOSE International Symposium 2020


Date: 18 – 23 July, 2020

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

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