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Hardware-Inclusive Agile & DevOps: Improving Engineering Outcomes

May 6, 2020, 6:30-7:30 PM CDT

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321 Gang's Bryan Smith builds a foundational understanding of agile and devops, and how these frameworks have matured in the past decade. Next we'll review their key principles and how we can bring these practices and outcomes to systems engineering- where we must align software, firmware, hardware and other engineering disciplines while meeting rigorous regulatory compliance requirements. We'll discuss how a synchronized value-stream, on an iterative cadence, using DevOps can:
• Reduce batch sizes to leverage shorter learning cycles
• Shorten queues to reduce the high costs of delays
• Help limit Work in Progress (WIP) with capacity planning
• Build quality in to accelerate V&V/compliance
• Improve economic decision making

Upcoming INCOSE Events

Continuing Madness: Methods Behind System Architecting Challenged

455 Regency Park

Learn about the future of systems engineering modeling by learning about the past of systems engineering modeling.

Thanks to everyone for coming to the event. Download a copy of Bob Scheurer's presentation here.

In November, INCOSE-MGC is coming out to the Metro East for a presentation. Bob Scheurer of Boeing will speak about System Architecting.

Event info

  • When: Thursday, 21 November, 2019
  • Where: Bella Milano, O'Fallon, Illinois


  • Who: Anyone who wants to understand the future of systems engineering by examining the past of systems engineering (spoiler alert: they're similar to each other).
  • Abstract

    System architecting has been performed for multiple decades now, yet positive outcomes are still elusive in far too many cases. Observations and lessons learned in a paper written by the author 25 years ago are as relevant now as they were in 1994. Visions shared by leaders today have an appealing allure, just like those shared in times past: claims of greater system development accuracy, completeness, traceability to requirements, and over-all better development economics and customer satisfaction are among those being proclaimed again today. Resultant architectures still suffer from problems for developers and complaints from users and other stakeholders. Then as now, certain necessary ingredients to an architecting process are needed in order to achieve the often-elusive benefits. So, is there anything different today which can lead to better outputs and outcomes than many years ago?

    This presentation will re-examine the architecting methods, tools, training, and other elements of an enabling environment that are used (or not used) today to see what may have really changed. Questions will be raised and answered as to what can be helping versus hurting attainment of architecting success and useful system architectures. It will also explore architecting frameworks today and their implementation to understand if they are meeting their intended purposes. Finally, observations as to what is needed to get to better, more useful architectures and architecture processes will be offered, including the integral need to employ a methodology to reduce or eliminate architecting madness.

    Speaker Bio

    Bob Scheurer is an Associate Technical Fellow at the Boeing Company with 36 years of engineering experience in both defense and commercial industries. He is currently involved with defining, applying, and assessing Systems Engineering and integration practices across Boeing Defense, Space, and Security (BDS), including architecting and model-based systems engineering (MBSE).

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