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Systems Engineering Lunch & Learn #4

Friday, July 10th at 10:45am - noon  download pdf flyer


10:45-11:00a Networking & Check in
11-11:05: Webinar Housekeeping & Welcome to INCOSE Cascade Chapter
11:05-11:35: Presentation on  Design of Purposeful Human Activity Systems: see below 
11:35-11:50: Speaker Q&A
11:50-12pm - General discussion & close out & next meeting(s) 

Presentation by Dr. Javier Calvo-Amodio:
Design of Purposeful Human Activity Systems:
Organizational processes that enhance existing organizational cultures


Dr. Javier Calvo-Amodio's research focus is on developing fundamental understanding of how to integrate systems science into industrial and systems engineering research and practice. The aim of this focus is on the design of organizational processes that integrate to and/or enhance existing organizational cultures. His research group, Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management (CaRSEM), works with Oregon’s industry, state and federal agencies, and other professional societies.
Defining organizations as purposeful human activity systems opens a holistic approach to organizational design that considers the interactions between physical and conceptual systems. From this perspective is possible to design organizational processes that provide sufficient level of centralized organizational control and cohesion while at the same time enabling autonomy and adaptability to specific units. In this presentation, Dr. Calvo-Amodio will provide a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings for this approach and will present an example on how to apply the theory.

Our Presenter:
Javier Calvo-Amodio, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, where he directs the Change and Reliable Systems Engineering and Management Research Group (CaRSEM). He received his Ph.D. in Systems and Engineering Management from Texas Tech University, his MS in Business Management from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, and his B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. He serves currently as the chair of the Systems Science Working Group at INCOSE.

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INCOSE Cascade Chapter Events

Cascade Chapter Speaker: J. Scott - Servant Leadership that gets Sh*t Done!

Are you tired of hearing that most Projects fail because of poor communication? The frustration you feel is probably because you instinctively understand the following:
• Projects don’t fail; they don’t have a heartbeat or a social security number. People fail…
• Communication is simply the vehicle we use to lead…
• Blaming failure on communication is the greatest obstacle to addressing the lack of leadership skills that lead to undesirable outcomes.
If we were to simplify the success criteria for a leader, it would be “they enable their team to get sh*t done that creates value for their organization.”
This presentation will provide the audience with 2 simple game-changing techniques to earn credibility and 6 leadership techniques that can be put into practice immediately. J. Scott will show you that great leaders aren’t just born, they can be made!
Our Presenter:
From the start of his career spent jumping out of helicopters as a rescue swimmer in the United States Navy, J. Scott has a long history of leadership, servanthood, and bearing witness to the transformative power of getting sh*t done. Since starting 120VC he's personally overseen the global transformational efforts within organizations such as DirecTV, Trader Joe's, Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and others. His team's unique, irreverent approach to change has generated breakthrough results and created meaningful jobs. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, J. Scott is a devoted husband and father and author of "It's Never Just Business: It's About People," and "The Irreverent Guide to Project Management," both available on

Join Early:
Just as we would in a physical meeting, join us early and chat about your favorite systems engineering topic. The meeting link will open 15 minutes before the main meeting starts to allow some ‘social’ time.