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INCOSE Midwest Gateway: Timing It Right for Successful System Developments

  • Date:
    Nov 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Address: 5775 Campus Parkway
  • Location: Hazelwood, MO
  • Venue:
    Boeing Building 270.E4, 4D15-1 Goshawk Room

Timing It Right for Successful System Development
Bob Scheurer, Boeing
Light lunch provided; non members welcome


15 November 2016, 11:00-11:30 Networking & Lunch, 11:30-12:30 presentation


Boeing Bldg 270, conf room 270E.4, 4D15-1 Goshawk Rm
SE corner of I-270 and McDonnell Blvd. Please park in the south, lower level parking lot off Campus Parkway, in un-numbered spaces (on Google Maps).

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Presentation slides


For systems engineering success on programs, timing is everything. Whether it be timing risk reduction activities in preparation of an RFP response, scheduling the right skills at the right time during an execution, or implementing earlier verification activities to expedite a system completion, timing matters. That fact coupled with the costs of development resources for proposals and programs means that any misuse or loss of resources due to bad timing contributes to waste, which simply cannot be tolerated in today’s age of tight schedules and cost constraints. Getting the timing and order of events right to maximize success implores a disciplined and thoughtful application of classic and new systems principles to the problem; a problem that’s well-understood in regard to timing needs, with solution components properly planned and sequenced for all stakeholder interests. When combined with the possibility of what works in one instance may not work in another, what and how much systems engineering is needed may vary for different situations and domain complexities. This presentation will explore contributors to program risks arising from timing matters. It will examine the differences in timing and planning mentalities for proposal preparation, program planning, and system development. It will also examine how the decision-making environment and other complexities must be considered to appropriately adjust activity timing and plan tailoring. Finally, it will examine what can be done to overcome shortcomings in information, skillsets, judgments, and other factors contributing to undesirable results, ---ultimately turning a difficult, unpredictable situation into a successful outcome.


Bob Scheurer is an Associate Technical Fellow at the Boeing Company with over 33 years of engineering experience. Throughout his career, he has specified, designed, and implemented hardware and software on various military programs and used systems engineering in the development of numerous military and commercial products. Bob is active an active member of NDIA, AIA, and INCOSE. He is a charter member of the Mid west Gateway INCOSE Chapter and currently serves as Treasurer. Bob 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. He was granted his Professional Engineer license in 1987 and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.