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The International Council on Systems Engineering proudly offers its free weekly and monthly web-based service to the greater Systems Engineering community.

Once a week, the INCOSE Technical Operations Training Working Group presents the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook V4.0 Tutorial series over a six month period beginning in October.

Once a month, INCOSE Technical Operations presents recognized experts in the field who discuss the "State of the Art" in Systems Engineering.

These presentations occur live, via the internet. Each lasts one hour, and includes the opportunity for attendees to submit questions to the presenter. We record the webinars and INCOSE members can access these recordings from the Member's Only pages of INCOSE Connect.

Please access the INCOSE Connect Library for a complete library of TutorialsWebinars and Recordings sponsored by INCOSE Tech Ops, Chapters and Working Groups including the Training Tutorial Webinars.

Webinars Qualify for PDUs

INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professionals can claim 1PDU credit towards their re-certification by attending a webinar or watching a webinar recording. To qualify, a CSEP must have attended through at least 75% of the webinar for webinars that last less than one hour, or through 45 minutes of the webinar for webinars that last for 1 hour or longer. Attendees of INCOSE webinars who have other professional certifications or licenses may find that these webinars can apply to the PDU requirements for re-certification or license renewal.

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Upcoming Webinars

Additional webinars will be announced on the home page INCOSE News and Events as soon as they are confirmed.  We are always looking for new topics. If your company would like to sponsor a webinar, if you have an idea for a webinar or would like to present one, please send an e-mail with your suggestion to the webinar coordination team.


Previous Webinars (2009 - Present)

Webinar 15:00 UTC: "The Need for More Engagement of Systems Engineering with Integration & Test"

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INCOSE Webinar: "The Need for More Engagement of Systems Engineering with Integration & Test"
Date:  19 June 2013
Time: 15:00 UTC/ 11am EDT
Presenter(s): William D. Miller
General Webinar Details: Webinar 53 
This presentation addresses the need for more engagement of systems engineering with integration & test. The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook version 3.2.2 published in October 2011 has five percent of its content covering integration, verification, transition and validation.  ISO/IEC 15288:2008 – Systems and software engineering – System life cycle processes is lite on these technical processes with generic descriptions to plan and execute.
A survey of papers from INCOSE symposia and the Journal of Systems Engineering shows the preponderance focused on the upper left part of the systems engineering V-model, i.e., requirements and architecture, and much less on the right-hand side of the V-model, i.e., integration, verification, transition and validation. The same is true of the preponderance of activity in the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) initiative, especially in the application of the Systems Modeling Language (SysML). The basis of this may be that the systems engineering boundary is centered on the upper left of the V-model by policies, processes, and methods in the majority of organizations with separate staff responsible for integration & test. Often, system validation is performed independently from the developing organization.
Evidence of the need for more engagement with integration& test is based on 1) a systemic occurrence of a large fraction of requirements being unverifiable, 2) a focus on sunny day requirements and paucity of rainy day requirements, 3) brittle architectures, and 4) a pattern of successful verification events followed by challenged validation events.
It is well established that integration& test consumes significant resources during system development, often finding and fixing problems attributable back to the requirements.  The DARPA META initiative is working towards model-based approaches to prove systems as correct by design to reduce the resources for traditional testing.
Recommendations include 1) verification and validation requirements derived concurrently with the derivation of system requirements, 2) engagement of engineers responsible for integration& test including signing off on requirements and architecture, 3) formal integration planning, 4) engagement of systems engineers in the integration & test, and 5) extending the MBSE paradigm to Model-Based Integration & Test (MBI&T). In particular, integration & test engineers may contribute to the actual derivation of system requirements and architecture that improve system development outcomes. Also, early results from MI&T show improved outcomes.
Bill Miller, ASEP, is Executive Principal Analyst, Innovative Decisions, Inc., Vienna, VA USA, and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ USA. Bill has been an INCOSE member for 20 years and is currently the INCOSE Technical Director.  He served three terms as INCOSE secretary, is the former secretary of the INCOSE Foundation and was co-chair of the INCOSE Metrics Working Group. He is a member of the IEEE and its Communications Society and Systems Man and Cybernetics Society. Bill has 40 years technical and management experience in commercial telecommunications and government communications systems, including 20 years at Bell Labs.  Bill has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.