Thanks to the generosity of the authors and publishers, INCOSE is pleased to make two books available free to all those interested in systems and the systems approach.
- Engineering Complex Systems with Models and Objects by David W. Oliver, Timothy P. Kelliher, and James G. Keegan, Jr., 1997. This book explains how to apply systems engineering modeling approaches not only to products, processes and business enterprises, but also to the description of the process of systems engineering. The result is an easily understood description of the systems engineering process which can be tailored to the many methodologies, notations and tools that compete for adoption. The book provides an engineering basis for: specification of near-optimal products and processes; tailoring the systems engineering process to commercial or aerospace projects; selection of a specific methodlogy and notation; selection and development of tools for automation; and training students in a systems development disciplines.
- The Systems Approach: Fresh Solutions to Complex Problems Through Combining Science and Practical Common Sense by Simon Ramo and Robin K. St.Clair, 1998. (From the first chapter) The systems approach has beginnings far back in history. But as modern systems analysis has broadened, it has already begun to be controversial and misunderstood. The systems approach has quickly attracted overly zealous proponents and, as often, misinformed detractors. Substantial disagreement exists among the professionals as to how useful the approach is for the bigger problems of society, or for smaller ones when they are more "social" than "technological."
Both books can be downloaded from the community resources page of the INCOSE website.