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Thursday Morning Session Details

For October 12, 2017, morning session schedule click here.


Section Date Time October 12, 2017, 8:05 am – 9:05 am
Session Keynote Presentation
Presenters Garry Roedler, Lockheed Martin and INCOSE President-Elect
Title Shaping Systems Engineering and INCOSE for the Future
Summary Look around us and what do you see regarding the systems of today? It is hard to find a relevant system that is a stand-alone system, not interconnected to other systems or interacting in some significant way with other systems. And the increases in the functionality of our systems, as well as the level of technology adoption, has continued to outpace our practices to fully harness the technology and technically manage the Systems and Systems of Systems to our greatest advantage. This presentation will look at our current situation and how our environment has changed, providing an understanding of the challenges we are facing with some examples using specific technology areas. It will then provide a look at some of the work in process to advance our processes, practices, and performance of Systems Engineering towards addressing those challenges. This includes working towards the realization of the INCOSE SE Vision 2025, progress being made in the area of Systems of Systems, and changing the way we look at Systems Engineering. And finally it will address what we are doing and need to accomplish within INCOSE to address this change.


Section Date Time October 12, 2017, 9:05 am – 10:00 am
Session Feature Presentation
Presenters Kevin Bollom, Trane Vice President of Building Services
Title How Forward-Thinking Leaders Will Win the Energy Management Race
Summary Buildings represent the world’s largest consumers of energy. Their operation is moving from complicated mechanical systems to “complex learning” systems to help improve their performance. Kevin will describe how the power of connected data is driving this transformation and how buildings will serve as global leaders in creating financial value through the Internet of Things. He also will describe how a forward-thinking leader will make the difference between winning and losing in this race to better energy management. These progressive leaders think and act more like superheroes than traditional building managers. Kevin will include examples of what is changing in the Internet of Things’ marketplace and how “customer outcomes” will serve as the drivers for future organizations to achieve success.


Section Date Time October 12, 2017, 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Session Inivited Presentation
Presenters Jill Hauwiller, Leadership Refinery Founder and Principal Consultant
Title Why is this so complex? Key soft skills to improve team dynamics across the generation
Summary Let’s face it: dealing with other people is highly complex. Human beings aren’t consistent, linear creatures - and we use our intelligence to adapt, adjust, grow, and change throughout our lives. Our experiences in life shape much of who we are, and those key experiences are different for each generation. Jill Hauwiller will take us through a journey of emotional intelligence, and show us how we can use our own skills and talents in this area to build, mend, and preserve relationships at work - especially where generational differences exist.


Section Date Time October 12, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Session Inivited Presentation
Presenters Ken Zemrowski, Engility Technical Fellow and Andy Skotnicki, Engility Director of Systems Engineering
Title Organizational Evolution to Meet Tomorrow's System Engineering Challenges
Summary Systems Engineers (SEs) are being asked to solve increasingly challenging problems in shorter timeframes and leaner environments since the discipline was first formalized to address aerospace needs. This in itself is not a new challenge, but has, and will continue, to result in more and more non-systems engineered “point” (technology driven vice mission/needs driven) solutions and subsequent impact over time if the current state of SE remains unchanged.
We rarely see “green field” programs today where solutions are relatively self-contained and not overly constrained, requiring SEs to first reverse-engineer poorly documented legacy solutions, capture in a consistent engineering format, and analyze to acquire sufficient intimacy before any meaningful progress can be made towards optimized solutions. Complex systems, systems of systems, segments/subsystems, and even enterprise architectures call for an approach that is responsive, scales and inherently integrates. It also requires a workforce that can quickly tailor and execute consistently across a diverse customer base using custom company “playbooks.”
Unfortunately, the past two decades of rapid growth have seen the massive influx of a diverse and overly segmented SETA workforce that has resulted in degradation of once commonplace SE fundamentals. The primary emphasis has deviated away from problem solving and engineering to process adherence, frameworks, standards, and tools. This workforce is continuously distracted by these “silver bullets” that promise to add better communication, more structure, process maturity, and greater efficiency. Some of these silver bullets have become standards, requiring compliance by customers struggling to achieve a higher level, more proactive level of engineering. While these silver bullets can offer some value, the root cause issue leading to lack of effectiveness remains unresolved, namely, the lack of formal and consistent SE education (including a traditional engineering base). The need is clear for continuous and extensive lessons-learned training, robust mentoring (knowledge transfer) and active career management of protégés, rebranding and/or recertification of SEs, and refocusing on comprehensive, disciplined problem solving/engineering and related technical leadership.


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