Meeting Title: 21st Century Systems Engineering
Charles Wasson, INCOSE Fellow
Tuesday, 9 May 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 PDT
: Online via Zoom; In person: The Aerospace Corp. D8/1010, 200 N Aviation Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245
Industry and government projects continue to exhibit technical, cost, and schedule performance issues for which SE in its present form is often misperceived
as a panacea
for correcting variations in performance. It’s time to shift our outdated 1950’s paradigm, restore, and reinvigorate SE as a bona fide engineering discipline respected by its peers and enterprise technical projects.
As modern-day Systems Engineering approaches its 100th anniversary, one would expect a centennial celebration. That is true, but only up to a point! Industry and government projects continue to exhibit technical, cost, and schedule performance issues for which SE in its present form is often misperceived as a panacea for correcting variations in performance. Industry and government projects continue to exhibit technical, cost, and schedule performance issues for which SE in its present form is often misperceived as a panacea for correcting variations in performance.
What you will learn …
An in-depth analysis of these issues reveals that SE is not considered an engineering discipline by its peers due to its:
1. Unwitting focus on Systems Management that has been masqueraded under the guise of “Systems Engineering” over the past 70+ years while ignoring its technical competency void.
2. Failure to identify a unique phenomenon on which SE’s scientific and mathematical principles are derived.
3. Dependence and adoption of tools developed by other disciplines.
Despite this long-standing historical evolution, INCOSE’s Vision 2035 fails to recognize and acknowledge these disciplinary shortcomings. Rather than resolving SE’s technical competency void that impacts industry and government project performance, INCOSE is focused on a higher-level, abstract, “systems approach” for which scientists have been unable to agree on a system definition over the past 55+ years to resolve world problems, not necessarily “engineer systems.”
It’s time to shift this outdated 1950’s paradigm, restore, and reinvigorate SE as a bona fide engineering discipline respected by its peers and enterprise technical projects.
What you will take-away …
- Learn how to recognize the context and shortcomings of the systems management paradigm.
- Learn the shortfalls and impacts and of transitioning “SE” (aka systems management) SEs to MBSE projects.
- Learn how you, your projects, and your enterprise can shift outdated 1980’s process, tool, and method paradigms that are ineffective and inefficient to a 21st century SE approach that reduces project performance issues.
- Learn how you can “make a difference” and take charge of resolving SE’s technical competency void.
Please join us for an enlightening and informative discussion that you will seldom hear at INCOSE chapter meetings and symposia.
Charles Wasson, BSEE-MBA, SE Author, INCOSE Fellow;
ESEP & Team Facilitator Certifications
Charles is the Founder of Wasson Strategics, LLC (WSL), which provides Genuine Systems Engineering consulting and training services to Fortune 100 and 500 international corporations and US government agencies pursuing SE Excellence. His professional affiliations include the INCOSE, IEEE, ASEE, PMI, and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Core competencies include: Interdisciplinary Systems Engineering, Technical Project Management, Organizational Development (OD), and Project Team Development.
Mr. Wasson is an internationally recognized author and consultant, his work includes corporate author and team development awards, professional speaking engagements, commencement presentations, numerous conference papers and presentations, and two textbooks published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (New York) in use by academic institutions world-wide by educators, researchers, and practitioners.