James Martin, INCOSE Fellow, The Aerospace Corporation. System thinking has been touted as the “Fifth Discipline” in Peter Senge’s famous book by that name. However, this is usually limited to the use of systems coupling diagrams and system archetypes to help understand the nature of feedback and complex system behavior. You will need more than these tools to fully appreciate how to think clearly about systems in a truly holistic manner. This workshop will teach you some essential principles and concepts of systems and how to use these in a “systemic” fashion to improve your ability to think about systems in a holistic manner. You will learn about the PICARD Theory and the Seven Samurai Framework. You will see how the Knowledge Pyramid helps you understand how systems convert data into information that is used for the discovery of knowledge to be used in making better decisions. The workshop will let you spend about half of our time together working exercises in your team to fully understand and appreciate these ideas.
Eric Smith, Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Tradeoff studies, which involve human numerical judgment, calibration and data updating, are often approached with under confidence by analysts and are often distrusted by decision makers. The decision-making fields of Judgment and Decision Making, Cognitive Science and Experimental Economics have built up a large body of research on human biases and errors in considering numerical and criteria-based choices. Relationships between experiments in these fields and the elements of tradeoff studies show that tradeoff studies are susceptible to human biases: this tutorial indicates ways to eliminate the presence, or ameliorate the effects of mental mistakes on tradeoff studies.
Scott Workinger, Ph.D., Stanford Engineering. Tutorial #1 introduces a variety of creative and analytic tools, with examples of pitfalls and practical challenges. Tutorial #2 is an introduction to the integration of classical systems engineering with new techniques such as Agile Systems Engineering, Complex Systems Engineering, Human/Systems Integration, Model-Based Systems Engineering, Systems of Systems Engineering, and Design Thinking.
Regina Griego, INCOSE Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, showed the goal of a requirements elicitation and analysis process as the development of a shared vision or concept of the system, specified before engineering design efforts begin. The tutorial included lecture with examples and exercises that showed how to analyze stakeholders based on function, how to develop a behavioral conceptual model for a system based on stakeholder goals, and how to develop an initial system structural model based on stakeholder language.
Tyson Browning, Associate Professor of Operations Management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, presented a tutorial on "Design Structure Matrix Methods and Applications". The tutorial introduced the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) method and demonstrated its application to product, organizational, and process architecting.
Sarah Sheard, Principal at Third Millennium Systems, taught a tutorial that explored systems engineering using the sciences of complex systems.
Eric Hales from the Institute of Configuration Management provided a half-day tutorial on Configuration Management and CMII Principles. Attendees learned that it is possible to escape the "corrective action" operational mode through accommodating change and keeping requirements clear, concise and valid. CMII expands the scope of CM beyond traditional product definition to any information that could impact safety, security, quality, schedule, cost/profit or the environment. CMII shifts the emphasis to integrated business processes.
Eric Smith, professor at the University of Texas, El Paso, presents this half-day tutorial that explors ways to eliminate the presence, or ameliorate the effects, of mental mistakes and human biases on tradeoff studies.
Eric Honour, past INCOSE president and CEO of Honourcode, presented a tutorial on Effective Methods to Work With Uncertainty in Complex Projects
Eric Honour, past INCOSE president and CEO of Honourcode, led a workshop that examined the increasingly close relationships between systems engineering and T&E. On one hand, T&E is presented as an integral but independent part of the target system development, performing the essential system role of proof. On the other hand, systems engineering is presented as an essential part of the T&E environment, providing the methodology to develop today's complex T&E systems. By the end of the day, the participants understood what systems engineering tools are useful in the T&E environment and how to be more effective in system-level proof.
Rick Dove, Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology and CEO of Paradigm Shift International, presents this full day tutorial that explores the fundamental architecture, design principles, and response requirements analysis for any system or process that would be agile – adaptable in the face of an uncertain, unpredictable, evolving environment.