Calling All Systems

11 May 2023 - Are You Missing a Piece in Your Digitial Engineering Puzzle?


                                    Calling All Systems                           

          Product Line Engineering (PLE)



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A Platform of Awareness about Systems Engineering

A series of panel discussions hosted by INCOSE, bringing thought leaders together from around the globe.


INCOSE is delighted that Dassault Systèmes has agreed

 to be the 2023 ‘Calling All Systems’ series sponsor.


The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is pleased to announce the second session in the Calling All Systems panel series. The session theme is:

 Product Line Engineering: Are You Missing a Piece in Your Digital Engineering Puzzle?

INCOSE would like to extend its thanks to BigLever Software who is the session sponsor for this panel.


Dr. Barclay Brown, INCOSE’s Chief Information Officer will chair a panel composed of up to four thought leaders in the field of Product Line Engineering (PLE), who will explore the role of PLE in completing the Digital Engineering puzzle.

Engineering enterprises are steadfastly advancing into the new age of Digital Engineering, with digital transformations, digital twins, digital threads, digital assets, model-based systems engineering, digital simulations, and more.  A recent study showed that the number of product and system configurations in a product line - or system family - is largely viewed as the leading source of engineering complexity. Feature-based PLE according to the recently released ISO 26580 standard is the modern digital engineering approach that significantly reduces this leading source of engineering complexity. 

Dr. Charles Krueger, founder and CEO of Big Lever Software notes ‘Feature-based Product Line Engineering is a key enabler for an effective and efficient Digital Engineering solution.  We find that organizations that include PLE as a piece in their overall Digital Engineering puzzle are more successful and achieve greater benefits than those who don’t.‘

The panel took place on 11th May 2023 at 11am EST/UTC -4 via Zoom. This discussion was recorded and published on the INCOSE YouTube and Vimeo channels. (See video above)

Our Featured Panelists:

Barclay Brown, INCOSE Chief Information Officer

Barclay R. Brown is Associate Director at Raytheon Technologies, and a former Raytheon systems engineering Fellow focused on model based systems engineering methods and artificial intelligence. Before joining Raytheon, he was the Global Solution Executive for the Aerospace and Defense Industry at IBM. A frequent speaker at conferences on systems thinking, technology and AI, Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, master’s degrees in Psychology and Business and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He has taught systems engineering and systems thinking at several universities, and is a certified Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP), certified Systems Engineering Quality Manager, and CIO of INCOSE, the international professional society for systems engineers.


Dr. Charles Krueger, Founder & CEO BigLever Software, Inc and INCOSE PLE Working Group Member

Dr. Charles Krueger is founder and CEO of BigLever Software, which for over 20 years has helped organizations adopt and benefit from Feature-based Product Line Engineering (PLE). With more than 30 years of experience in systems and software engineering practice, he is a premier speaker, widely published author, and acknowledged thought leader in the PLE arena. Krueger brings innovative PLE concepts, state-of-the-art methodologies, and success stories to the forefront of the systems engineering community. He was the lead editor for the ISO/IEC 26580 standard on Feature-based PLE and past co-chair for the INCOSE PLE International Working Group and is a current member of the esteemed Forbes Council. Krueger received his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, where he helped to pioneer the field of systems and software product line. 


Mr. Marco Forlingieri, Senior Technical Representative, IBM Engineering, South East Asia, and Co-chair of the INCOSE Product Line Engineering (PLE) Working Group and Assistant Director for the Asia & Oceania Sector

His responsibility includes industry and technology strategy, as well customer success for automotive companies around the world.  His 25+ years of industry experience includes transformation engagements at global automotive and aerospace OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers. The scope of these engagements include transformation of product development, reuse strategy and implementation, manufacturing 4.0, supply chain management and compliance consulting.  Previously, Brett has held several industry and leadership positions at IBM and Siemens (formerly SDRC). He holds a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.


Rowland Darbin, INCOSE PLE Working Group Co-Chair

Rowland Darbin is a Co-Chair of the INCOSE working group for Product Line Engineering and leads the Product Line Engineering (PLE) Center of Excellence at General Dynamics Mission Systems.  Rowland serves as the Product Line Architect for the Army’s Live Training Transformations (LT2) product line under the CPM Plus and LCPM programs. As a practitioner of PLE for over 14 years Rowland has a deep understanding of the business and technical aspects of PLE adoption and converting PLE successes into a culture of sharing that delivers continuous value for organizations.


Dr. Bobbi Young, Systems Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Technologies and Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Dr Bobbi Young is a retired Raytheon Technologies Engineering Fellow and Certified Architect. She is currently an adjunct professor with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Throughout her career, she has acquired experience in the engineering field working with commercial industries and Department of Defense contractors as a research director, an executive architect, and engineering consultant specializing in enterprise architecture, systems engineering, Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE), and Feature-based Product Line Engineering (FBPLE). Bobbi is a member of INCOSE and has published many papers, presented at numerous national and international conferences, is a co-author of Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications 3rd Ed, and acknowledged contributor to The Open Group SOA Book. She was an active duty Air Force officer and is a Commander (ret) in the United States Naval Reserves.


Brian Pepper, Industry Process Senior Specialist for Dassault Systemes

Brian Pepper is an Industry Business Senior Consultant for CATIA Magic (Dassault Systemes). He has 20+ years’ experience in Systems Engineering with 10 years’ Experience applying Model Based Systems Engineering Techniques to complex systems in both UML and SysML in the Defense and Automotive Industries. He is Six Sigma Black Belt, DoDAF Certified, and an OMG Certified System Model Professional. He has presented at the Cyber Experience MBSE and INCOSE Conferences on Modeling Best Practices and applying Model Based Systems Engineering to Real World Problems.


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