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INCOSE-LA Tutorial: Agile SE Planning Using Six Thinking Hats & Practical Aspects of System Modeling with SysML 

  • Date:
    Apr 8, 2016 - 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM


These tutorials will provide you with opportunities to learn from experts with specialized Systems Engineering expertise:

  • Agile Systems Engineering Planning Using Six Thinking Hats General information (8am - 1pm)
  • MBSE: Practical Aspects of System Modeling with SysML (12pm - 5pm)

Registration:  open, register here now (closes March 31)!

Cost $30 each or both for $50 (includes lunch) 

Location Aerospace building D-8 at 200 North Aviation Blvd, about 1/2 block north of El Segundo Blvd.

Subject to cancellation if insufficient registrants.

To be held on April 8

Morning Session

Agile SE Planning Using Six Thinking Hats™: 

Come to a workshop to learn about the Role of Systems Engineering on Large Scale Agile Teams and the Value of Six Thinking Hats™ in Agile Planning.  Phyllis Marbach and Laurie Buss will present the 2014 INSIGHT favorite article “The Role of Systems Engineering in Large-Scale Agile Projects” that explains what a systems engineer does and how it is different or similar to traditional systems engineering tasks.   Certain planning meetings that agile teams conduct would benefit from Six Thinking Hats™ and Lateral Thinking methods that will be described by Laurie Buss.  Included in the workshop will be hands-on exercises addressing current issues applicable to audience participants.  Agenda:  Introduction to Agile SE; Introduction to Six Thinking Hats™; Conduct Planning Using a Real-World Problem; Six Thinking Hats™ and Lateral Thinking Methods Exercise.


Phyllis R. Marbach is a senior software engineer in Boeing's Defense Space and Security (BDS). Phyllis has over 30 years experience in aerospace programs such as satellites, chemical lasers, the International Space Station, and various propulsion systems. Currently she is a Scaled Agile Framework™ Version 4.0 Program Consultant and an active agile coach for the Boeing Enterprise.  Phyllis is a Boeing Designated Expert in agile software development, software engineering and systems engineering. She has coached Unmanned Air Systems, Radio, avionics, and research programs.  ;  ; Ms Marbach has an MS degree in Engineering from UCLA. 

With a degree from UCLA in Aerospace Engineering, Laurie Buss is highly regarded in the international satellite industry. She has worked with and consulted for major corporations, such as Boeing, Globalstar, SES of Luxembourg, Orbital Sciences, Thales, Intelsat, and SpaceX, for spacecraft design and test, program management, strategic planning, insurance placement and claims, risk assessment, marketing and market analysis.  In 2014, Laurie founded LBI Training Institute to teach Dr. Edward de Bono’s powerful Six Thinking Hats™ and Lateral Thinking™ methods because they yield pragmatic innovative ideas, provide a framework for planning and decision-making, and absolutely contribute to the financial growth of the organization.   Laurie is the sole author of “Group Flow: The Genesis of Innovation” published in the INCOSE Insight Journal Oct-2015.  Ms Buss has a BS in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA, an MBA from George Mason University MBA along with UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Finance Certificate, and Certified Trainer in Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking methods designed by Dr. Edward de Bono.

Afternoon Session

Practical Aspects of System Modeling with SysML 

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), or the use of a system model as a framework for system specification and analysis, has been a topic of rapidly growing interest over the past decade. Nonetheless, the fundamentals of modeling systems for this purpose do not seem to be broadly understood. This three-hour tutorial will provide an elementary background for the practice of system modeling, as well as a few practical considerations for those just getting started as system modelers. Topics to be covered include: 1) a brief overview of SysML as a standard system graphical modeling language, 2) a step-by-step example showing how a simple systems engineering problem can be solved using SysML in conjunction with other analytical tools, and 3) a discussion of several common conceptual stumbling blocks frequently encountered when first attempting to build system models. No prior knowledge of SysML or system modeling is assumed, but a grasp of basic systems engineering concepts and terminology will be very helpful.


Rick Steiner is an independent MBSE consultant and systems modeling coach, with clients in various Aerospace and Defense companies. He retired after a 30-year career at Raytheon as an Engineering Fellow and a Raytheon Certified Architect. He has focused on pragmatic application of systems engineering modeling techniques and has been an advocate, consultant, and instructor of model-based engineering. Rick has served as chief engineer, architect, and lead system modeler for several large scale defense programs, incorporating the practical application of the Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM), and generation of Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) artifacts from complex system models. Mr. Steiner continues to be a key contributor to the development of SysML, and contribute to the OCSMP certification. He is also co-author of “A Practical Guide to SysML”, currently in its 3rd edition. Rick is an avid amateur astronomer, auto restorer, bass guitarist, Church volunteer, and recumbent bicyclist.