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National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Top Recommendations on Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) Implementation

July 15, 2020, 5:00-6:00 PM CDT

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Having evolved over decades of what some would say were “missed opportunities”, the re-imagined Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) today can be defined as “an integrated business and technical strategy to achieve competitive and affordable acquisition and sustainment over the system life cycle”.  The technical objective in implementing this approach, mandated by Congress, is to ensure that systems are designed with highly cohesive, loosely coupled, and severable modules that can be competed separately and acquired from various, diverse suppliers.  Numerous diverse benefits and opportunities are afforded by MOSA to acquirers and suppliers alike, but there are also various risks to be considered as well.

This presentation will review specifics of the MOSA implementation recommendations developed and being released now in a white paper by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering Architecture Committee. This committee, comprised of various members of the defense industry – including contractors, DoD, and the services, applied objectivity, insight, and lessons learned to deduce and inform each recommendation.  By using systems engineering principles to explore and understand the attributes of system modularity and openness, it will be explained what needs to be done today to achieve MOSA implementation success for stakeholders – once and for all.

Upcoming INCOSE Events

INCOSE Midwest Gateway: Agile in Systems Engineering

St. Louis
4220 Duncan Ave.

Follow-up: Here are two files from Matt Ingram's presentation, with links to more you can learn about agile in systems engineering:

Also: Attend the follow-up event in September 2019: Agile in Systems Engineering, Part 2


The event will be held in the shared Wash U/SLU collaboration area on the third floor of 4220 Duncan Ave., St. Louis (near the IKEA store). Enter on the east or west side (the long sides) of the building, take the elevator to the third floor, turn left to get to the conference room. Look for the SLU and Wash U logos on the glass wall.

Parking. There is some street parking available in front of the building. If that is full, there is parking across the street from 4240 Duncan Ave. There is a sign there that says the lot is for tenants only, but it is OK to park there after 4pm. If all else fails, you can park at IKEA. (Don't park in the Goodwill lot.)

About the event

If you are a professional in one of the technology fields that have been hit by the AGILE wave, and ever wondered how complex systems can be designed, synthesized, deployed, and maintained using AGILE methods, this is your opportunity to learn from experts. Join us at the Technology & Leadership Center at the McKelvey School of Engineering in the Cortex Innovation District to hear from two of the finest AGILE practitioners, and consultants that St. Louis area has to offer.

Rob Simon and Matt Ingram have been consulted by several AGILE teams in different disciplines during various phases of product lifecycles to lead them in successful project execution. These are two individuals who can certainly say BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT! When it comes to complex systems design and development using AGILE methods.

Thank you to the Technology & Leadership Center at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis for their support of this event.

Robert (Rob) Simons is a Systems Engineering ISR Technical Fellow at Boeing Defense Systems working with cross-functional multi-domain teams and environments. Rob is a US Army veteran, an International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), a Certified Scrum Master, and former adjunct professor in the Systems Integration Master’s program at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL).

Matt Ingram is an Agile Certified Practitioner and a SAFe Agilist. He has coached teams in agile software development for companies in the defense industry, healthcare, and finance. Matt is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineer an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer (ASQ CSQE) and CompTIA Security+ certified cyber security professional.

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