GLRC 2018
North Star Chapter at BAE Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Topics Broadcast:
Lean System Design
Changing the Focus: from Parts to Systems
Evolving MBSE to Enable the Digital Future
Applying System Modeling to War-game Design
Combining MBSE with AI & Machine Learning
Architecting Resilient Systems
Modular Architecture Principles for MBSE
Model Based Design for Intellectual Property  

CONGRATULATIONS! PLATINUM CIRCLE AWARD         platinum-circle-award   

 Winner of the OUTSTANDING CHAPTER AWARD  for 2017! 


GOLD YEARS: 2012, 2013, 2016

Celebrate with the Science Museum the
Year of the Engineer

Dream Big: Engineering Our World starts Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a spectacular film that brings the power of engineering to life on the Omnitheater’s 90-foot domed screen. An anchor of the museum’s Year of the EngineerDream Big is an inspiring film that introduces viewers to four individuals who are making a living as engineers, confronting real-world problems with innovative solutions that have the potential to improve lives for people all over the world.

For more information on how you might participate as a volunteer please contact us at the North Star Chapter of INCOSE.

Registration Now Open! 
Writing Good Requirements
Fall Tutorial
- Friday, 16 November 2018 –
BAE Systems
Platform & Services
4800 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55421-1498


Registration begins at 8:00 AM, presentation from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, lunch at 11:30.

Could you distinguish a good requirement from a bad one and instruct others on that distinction?  More importantly, can your project team and stakeholders do the same?  If the answer is no (or even a hesitant yes) then this class will provide the foundational skills required to write good (dare we say excellent!) requirements, ensuring clear and concise communication between the business and project teams.

Writing requirements and delivering a well-written set of requirements that is clear, correct, concise and complete is hard work. This work is often made harder because most people do not know how to write requirements. The fact that the most common reasons for project and product failures are problems with requirements supports this assessment.

In this 1-day Writing Good Requirements seminar, you will learn what you need to do before you write requirements, best practices for writing good functional and non-functional requirements, how to recognize defective requirements and the techniques that can be applied, and understand the value of capturing attributes to improve the overall quality and understanding of your requirements.  Team exercises provide the attendees practice at writing requirements, critiquing their own work, and correcting defective requirements. Discussions and questions and answers help attendees to clarify levels of requirements and how requirements are allocated and traced at every level of the project.

Complete Flyer for NSC Fall Requirements Tutorial
Requirements Experts 1day WGR Seminar

Presenter: Lou Wheatcraft

LouWheatcraft HeadshotLou is a senior product manager for Requirements Experts (RE)/ Seilevel, who educates organizations on the importance of developing and writing well-formed requirements and helps them implement Requirement Development and Management (RD&M) processes based on industry best practices. Lou has taught over 190 requirement seminars over the last 18years. Lou works with both government and industry clients. Lou has spoken at Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter meetings, INCOSE conferences and chapter meetings. Lou has had published and presented a multitude of papers on requirement RD&M topics for NASA’s PM Challenge, INCOSE, INCOSE INSIGHT Magazine, and Crosstalk Magazine.  Lou is a member of INCOSE, Chair of the INCOSE Requirements Working Group, a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), the World Futures Society, and the National Honor Society of Pi Alpha Alpha.  Lou has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, an MA degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, an MS degree in Environmental Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and has completed the course work for an MS degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.   Lou is the primary contributor to RE’s blog on requirements best practices. The blog can be assessed at:


Working Groups

INCOSE working groups are a great place to meet individuals who are looking to overcome similar challenges.  These groups often span multiple regions and industries, so we can really look at these topics in a broad, informed way.   In the North Star Chapter, we have several members Chair/working in different groups like the Measurement, SE in Very Small Enterprises (VSE), Handbook as well as others. There are many topics to choose from.  Finding the groups and joining is easy!

To join any working group:

1. Login to your account at INCOSE.ORG

2. Click on Welcome, <your name>, from the pull-down menu, select from the  “Profile Home” link at the top of themenu.

3. Scroll down to “My committees/Working Groups and click on the link “Browse/Join a Working Group”

4. This will result in a list of Working Groups under the header Committees.  (The terms are interchangeable)

5. Scroll down until you see find a committee that you are interested in.  Click the link and then on the right click on the (view) link.

6. This will result in a roster of current WG members.  

7. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and under “Committee Tasks” click on "Join this Committee"

Working groups are a great way to learn more about a subject, grow your network, and share your knowledge about a subject. 

Get Started TODAY with this link to the Working Groups page!


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