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A better world through a systems approach

INCOSE Midwest Gateway Meeting: Bob Scheurer, Achieving Higher Value in More Affordable Systems

  • Date:
    Mar 09, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Address: 325 McDonnell Blvd
  • Location: St. Louis, MO USA
  • Venue:
    Boeing Bldg 305, room 190b


9 March 2016, Networking & Lunch 11am, talk starts 11:30 am


A drive to more affordable solutions doesn’t mean that something always has to be given up. In fact, industry and history prove regularly that it’s possible to deliver even more value at the same or lower cost over time. To do that successfully, though, systems engineering principles and sound planning have to be carefully applied. This will ensure that the design or service solution is developed within the affordability constraints of the acquirer and matched against the realization abilities of the supplier(s).

In this presentation, we look at value vs. affordability along with what drives each of them. We further investigate what successful programs are doing today to break the old paradigm that states that achieving greater capabilities or functionality must come at a higher cost. We finally look at how achieving higher value in more affordable systems is the cornerstone of the value proposition of systems engineering. By extending the systems engineering principles into the tough problems at the system and even enterprise levels, we can attain the innovations and breakthroughs that are coveted but often elusive.


Bob Scheurer is an Associate Technical Fellow at the Boeing Company with over 30 years of experience in developing both defense and commercial products. He has used systems engineering principles in the design and implementation of hardware and software on various military and commercial products throughout his career. Bob is a charter member of the Midwest Gateway INCOSE Chapter (Member #123) and is the current chapter Treasurer. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign.


Boeing Bldg 305, room 190b. 325 McDonnell Blvd (at Lindbergh). Open to non-members of INCOSE. Lite Lunch supplied. Non-INCOSE members asked to donate $7 to defray expenses.

Non-Boeing people must have a badge prepared ahead of time. Supply your name and affiliation to Lou Pape, , 314 233-5782, or Jake Hertenstein, , 314-563-6828.