Abstract: The biomimicry community would have us believe that the 'genius of Nature' is ready source of inspiration for a wide range of our engineering, design, and sustainability problems. Should the SE community accept—and act on—this belief? This presentation starts with a brief overview of the objectives, activities, and findings-to-date of the INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group (NSWG). A major premise of the NSWG is that the SE community can, and should, more routinely con-sider natural systems data and solution concepts. This presentation proceeds to systematically ad-dress our readiness to do so from seven different, but interdependent, perspectives:
· Bio-inspired design (BID) process definition acceptance and consistency—Is there sufficiency?
· Technology readiness scales and assessments—Do TRS's apply in the BID context?
· Capability maturity models—What can we learn from the maturity model advocates?
· Process and product development precedence analyses—Are NS considerations especially applicable for unprecedented functions or systems?
· Change management concepts—Will it help to use these types of techniques to encourage BID?
· Corporate and customer culture and innovation cli-mates—Is our organizational culture ready for this?
· Application scale and complexity—Do NS inspirations help in the kinds of work we do?
The presentation concludes with a set of recommendations to increase our readiness. Selected references are provided.
Bio: Dr. Lawrence D. Pohlmann brings the perspective of working in academia, government, and small and large business industry settings. His experience includes serving in a variety of engineering and management positions in systems engineering, software engineering, ergonomics, and business development. His domain experience includes primarily aero-space, information technology, and military systems. Doing business as Strategics, he continues to provide consulting support for business development efforts for several clients. He has led or participated in process improvement in several contexts. He has published extensively. Pohlmann is a founding member of INCOSE (membership #9) and has served in several elected and appointed positions. He was the appointed one-person 'technical director and board' from 1991 to 1993 and helped to initiate and direct efforts for the first 10 working groups. He wrote the Council's first Strategic Plan in 1996. He represented INCOSE on the Advisory Board for the DoD Systems and Software Technology Conference ('99-'05). He has published and presented frequently. He is a Founders Award recipient. Since 2013, Pohlmann has focused the majority of his INCOSE efforts on participation with the NSWG. Because of his extensive INCOSE experience, he often operates in an advisory role. He is the coordinator of the group's monthly webinar series. He is the editor for the Special Feature Section on Natural Systems in the April 2016 issue of INCOSE INSIGHT.