Oak Tree Café


At the next Oak Tree Café on Wednesday, 24th of April 2024 at 8:00 am GMT we will be discussing Different Perceptions of Systems Engineering. Register with the button below, and check out upcoming topics and links to material from past sessions further down.


Systems engineering is currently characterized by conflicting and contradictory opinions on its nature. The paper begins by describing the evolution of systems engineering in the National Council on Systems Engineering (NCOSE)/ International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the difficulty in defining and differentiating systems engineering as a discipline. The paper then identifies and discusses six different and somewhat contradictory camps or perspectives of systems engineering. After identifying the cause of the contradictions the paper suggests one way to reconcile the camps is to dissolve the problem to distinguish between the activity known as systems engineering and the role of the systems engineer with a return to the old pre-NCOSE systems engineering paradigm. The paper then continues by testing the hypothesis and shows that systems engineering is a discipline that can be differentiated from other disciplines. However, it is not a traditional engineering discipline.

Kasser, J. and Hitchins, D. (2012), 3.4.1 "Yes systems engineering, you are a discipline." INCOSE International Symposium, 22: 416-431. https://doi.org/10.1002/j.2334-5837.2012.tb01346.x


Upcoming topics

On Wednesday, 8th of May we plan to discuss characteristics of a good SE process. The agenda is usually set two sessions in advance during the last few minutes of each meeting, come join us and propose a topic that you would like to discuss or learn more about.

Previous discussions

Previous Oak Tree Café discussion with links to INCOSE Yammer posts to continue the conversation.



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