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Presentations from North Texas Chapter Meetings

Success is Assured

Penny Cloft, Michael Kennedy, and Brian Kennedy

IMG_20191018_111427501_HDRSuccess is Assured by Penny Cloft, Michael Kennedy, and Brian Kennedy provides an approach to solving problems many companies face to help them satisfy their customers.

A key point made throughout the book is that Equally Informed people seldom disagree.

Often when there is a problem, more people are added to the project. Cadence, Pull, and Flow can help improve processes. Try playing the bead game to get people on board with the need to change and to consider an option besides adding more people.

Many bugs are introduced by key decisions made early in the process and decisions making should be delayed until the knowledge has been attained. Breaking the process up into important decision points helped align groups across organizations so people had the data at the same time. Data needed to make the decision needs to be visible to everyone. The book has a number of case studies demonstrating how making decisions without the data had negative impacts on the program. The authors include techniques to solve problems like using causal mapping to define the problem that needs to be solved along with the customer interests that need to be met and determine the information needed to solve the problem.

An alternative to guessing which parameter will impact the solution and running a couple of solutions, is using Set Based Concurrent Engineering to vary all the parameters that affect the solution and compare the results to the customer requirements. Tradeoffs isn’t about the relative priority of requirements/criteria, its about the shapes of the tradeoff curves. E.g. how much of x do I give up to get more y? Traditional prioritization of requirements doesn’t take this into account. Don’t ask your customers if weight is more important than costs because they will say both are important. Ask them if they prefer x weight for y cost instead of c weight for d cost.

Thinking of issues as risks as leads people to treat them statistically instead of focusing on them as a knowledge gap. Identify the knowledge gap at the root cause of the risk and work on closing that gap to close the risk permanently. You don’t need to know everything if you can figure out the worst case and plan for it.

The book walks through taking a bad problem statement to a good one and goes through finding the root cause and evaluating alternative solutions. I found The Problem K-Brief on page 128 is an excellent tool to help define and solve a problem.

There are numerous case studies to help make the authors’ points in a clear and understandable way. For example, there is one about how Toyota doesn’t nail down requirements early but sets rough targets and allows the specifications to emerge with the learning. A key point to learn is that when hard requirements are necessary and people don’t know what values are feasible, then closing the knowledge gap should be a high priority.

The second half of the book starts with making the transition. If you are in one of the companies who spend 65%-75% of their engineering capacity on problem-solving or companies having trouble starting new projects because your people are all still fighting fires on the old projects, consider focusing the transition on first improving problem solving can be effective for establishing a successful engineering environment.

There are many obstacles to the transition like artificial schedule pressures, negotiated schedule and budget pressures, micro management, lack of chart numbers for learning, wishful thinking, specification based practices, pressure to commit early, successful gambler syndrome, not invented here syndrome, lack of organizational focus, and  lack of trusted metrics and cost avoidance not being considered cost savings. The authors address ways of coping with each of these. They then follow a company on a day to day basis providing a clear example for others to follow. 

Everyone should consider Set-Based concurrent engineering practices to determine if it is applicable to helping them solve the problems many of us are facing.

See the video trailer at SuccessIsAssured.com.


Chapter Meeting - October 8

Welcome to SysML, the Language for MBSE!

Presenter: Paul White

Abstract: Would you like to learn about the Systems Modeling Language (SysML)? Each year, more systems engineers are advancing their careers by learning about SysML, Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE), and modeling tools. In this presentation, we will provide an introduction to SysML, present some modeling tools and techniques, and discuss how you can use SysML to benefit your company and advance your career.
We will begin by introducing SysML. SysML—as a general-purpose modeling language—supports the specification, analysis, design, verification, and validation of a broad range of systems. SysML provides the ability to model requirements, system behavior, and physical architecture. SysML conveys information clearly and concisely as diagrams, tables, and matrices. Moreover, SysML is a comparatively small language that is easy to learn and apply.
After introducing SysML, we will present some modeling tools and techniques. More systems engineering projects are using SysML as part of their MBSE implementations. We will discuss how projects are successfully implementing SysML and MBSE and learning lessons along the way. These principles will apply to legacy systems and newer platforms alike.
Following the tools and techniques, we will suggest some references, training resources, and certifications that can enhance and demonstrate your mastery of SysML. In particular, we will discuss the Object Management Group (OMG) and its SysML certifications.
Those who attend will gain a familiarity with SysML and an appreciation for the benefits of SysML and MBSE.

Bio: Paul is a Senior Systems Engineer at KIHOMAC in Layton. He works with BAE as an Assistant Project Technical Manager on the ICBM Minuteman III platform. Previously, he worked on the Airbus A400M and Boeing EDCU programs for Astronautics Corporation of America in Milwaukee; on both the Big Safari and IBS programs for L-3 Harris in Greenville, Texas; and in factory automation for Hyundai in Eugene, Oregon.
He has nineteen years of experience in the aerospace industry. Paul has been an INCOSE member since 2007 serving in various top leadership roles in the North Texas (Dallas - Fort Worth) Chapter, Chicagoland Chapter, and Wasatch (Utah) Chapter. He is the current president of the Wasatch Chapter. Paul has been a leader in the annual Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC) since 2012 including conference chair for the 6th and 8th conferences. He served the conference chair for the first annual Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) in Ogden and is the chair of the WSRC Steering Committee.
He recently was awarded the Outstanding Service Award at the 29th Annual INCOSE International Symposium. The Wasatch chapter was awarded the Most Improved Chapter and Gold Circle awards.
In August 2019, he attended the 68th United Nations (UN) Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City. He helped with presenting an INCOSE workshop, represented INCOSE at its booth, and coordinated an INCOSE social. This was the first time that INCOSE and systems engineering had been presented before the UN—a worldwide audience.
He serves as Vice Chair of the Utah Engineers Council (UEC), an umbrella organization for fifteen local chapters and societies within the many engineering disciplines. He has been awarded the INCOSE Engineer of the Year award in 2019 and 2018 by the Utah Engineers Council (UEC).
He has a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through INCOSE. In 2019, he obtained an Object Management Group (OMG)-Certified Systems Modeling Professional (OCSMP) Model Builder—Fundamental certification.



Chapter Meeting - September 10

Exposing and Controlling Emergent Behaviors in a System of Systems (SoS) Model

Presenter: Dr. Kristin Giammarco

Abstract: This presentation shows how to segment and extend a SysML activity model for emergent behavior analysis using Monterey Phoenix (MP). MP generates sets of behavior scenarios that are exhaustive up to a user-defined scope (number of iterations). After summarizing relevant definitions, we present, discuss and analyze examples of emergent behaviors found in the extended model, some of which contradict stakeholder intent and inspire consideration of SoS-wide consequences if they were to occur in reality. We also show how emergent behaviors may be classified as weak, strong, positive or negative. We conclude with some key takeaways and lessons learned for repeating these types of discoveries in other SoS models.

Bio: Dr. Kristin Giammarco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where she teaches courses in system architecture and design, system integration, systems software engineering, and model-based systems engineering. She conducts research in the use and development of formal methods for systems architecture modeling as well as system and software behavioral modeling and architectural patterns with students and colleagues within and outside of NPS.  Dr. Giammarco is a member of INCOSE, the Lifecycle Modeling Language Steering Committee, and the International Society for Systems Pathology.  She holds a Ph.D. in Software Engineering, an M.S. in Systems Engineering Management, and a Certificate in Advanced Systems Engineering from NPS and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. 



Chapter Meeting - August 13

Application of MBSE in AGILE Development

Presenter: Jason Forth, NAVAIR

Abstract: NAVAIR’s latest program goal is to deploy, integrate, and sustain significant interoperable technology upgrades to increase the mission profile of the aircraft system in the coming years. The Northrop Grumman MBSE Agile Team has been establishing a system model for the as is product baseline, to be designed baseline, and the processes for each technical discipline with modeling approaches to transition into a digital technical baseline for the program. In the last two releases, the team has been developing modeling approach activity diagrams and style guide diagrams within the architecture modeling application, CAMEO Enterprise Architect®, to meet the Systems Engineering Modeling and Architecture Plan (SEMAP). The approach diagram provides each sprint team the “tasks, work products, and flow” to complete each type of modeling domain (e.g. behavioral) while the style guide diagrams are unique example diagrams with aligning requirements for each definition and usage of objects compliant with UAF and best practices from industry following Object-Oriented System Engineering Methodology (OOSEM). The team is also extending current NAVAIR profiles like classification of each element and view while developing new profiles for data rights and approval. Other MBSE efforts in the corporate portfolio will be able to leverage these style guides, approach diagrams, and profiles to establish system modeling methods for applying system engineering models to streamline digital technical reviews, submit digital deliverables, and increase technical competencies integration into generating their modeling approaches within the broader system model.

Bio
: Jason Forth is a Senior Systems Engineering Architect for the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD, or simply NAVAIR) stationed in Patuxent River, MD. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, with graduate certificates in System of Systems and System Architecture. Jason has extensive experience on both the OEM contractor and government sides of acquisition, with particular experience in Cybersecurity, as well as System and SW Safety, that he brings to his role as a Systems Engineering Architect. He is currently assigned to the System Engineering Transformation (SET) initiative at NAVAIR, serving as a lead SE Architect for various pilot program efforts the command has identified.



Chapter Meeting - July 9

System Model Simulation - Monte Carlo, Probabilities, and more…

Presenter: Dr. Saulius Pavalkis

Abstract: Rapidly increasing scale, dynamism, and vulnerabilities in the systems being engineered have presented ever-greater challenges. In part of these challenges Systems Engineers started to explore new ways of working and one of the possible solutions is to use models as a basis for the engineered systems description.
Nowadays Systems Engineers can leverage several modeling languages and tools to their advantage to build system models. However no matter how you are going to look into a model, it still remains a static description of systems being engineered. To access the full power of modeling, Systems Engineers need to transform the static system descriptions into what we could call live or dynamic model.
During this webinar we are going to build live model or in other words – an executable model. The main part will be to explore ways of building executable model and in addition to that delve into a bit more sophisticated simulation capabilities available with UML, SysML, UAF languages and Catia | No Magic tools. The features which will be covered during this webinar: Monte-Carlo simulation, different distributions, result capturing..

Bio: Saulius Pavalkis is the Chief MBSE Solutions Architect at Dassault Systems (Former No Magic, Inc.). Saulius has 15 years of experience working on modeling solutions working as a consultant, trainer, PLM products integration manager, a former analyst in the R&D department core MagicDraw team. Saulius is helping with successful MBSE adoption at major companies: Ford, Boeing, NASA, Orbital ATK (NGC), Draper. Saulius has Ph.D. in Software Engineering – models traceability, BS, and MS in Telecommunication and Electronics Engineering. Last few years represents No Magic, Inc. at INCOSE CAB. In 2018 Saulius received lifetime achievement award from No Magic, Inc. “Cameo Award for Modeling, Simulation & Analysis Excellence.” Founder and chief editor of a modeling community blog (blog.nomagic.com) dedicated to sharing practical model-based engineering experience. Contributor to systems engineering conferences: INCOSE IS, NDIA, GLRC, NMWS.


Chapter Meeting - June 11

Connecting System Architecture to Model-Based Design

Presenter: Lyle Shipton

Abstract: System engineering is a challenging problem. In this talk, we present a workflow for system and software architectural modeling and analysis with a tight connection to Model-Based Design.
Agenda:
-Building a bridge between early architecture work and downstream design
-Creating architecture models and extending the language through stereotypes and profiles
-Analyzing architectures
-Moving to design and implementation  
Bio: Lyle received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon completion of his thesis, Lyle joined Space Exploration Technologies, where he served as the lead engineer for Falcon 9 structural testing and stage integration. After leaving SpaceX, Lyle joined Eaton Aerospace's Fuel and Motion Control Division as lead systems design engineer for system controllers. He joined MathWorks in July 2016. His focus is on Model-Based Design for high-integrity system development.


Chapter Meeting - May 14

System Integration - An Application of the AMAM

Presenter: Dr. Long S Dong

Abstract: You have been given a task to performance an AOA and down-select a list of the alternatives. Supposed that you are performing an assessment of total program Cost, Schedule, Technical performance risk, and maturity of the responsible organizations; and the results will be used to down select viable alternatives for the system objectives. What processes would you use? How would you integrate systems architecting, systems engineering, design, integration, program management, and other engineering processes to ensure the system objectives will be met?

This presentation will provide an overview of what it takes to successfully assembling a program in consideration of those processes; and a Part II of the Affordability Maturity Assessment Methodology – How to Apply It.

Bio: Long Dong has a PhD in Systems Engineering from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He conducts research in systems engineering with focuses in systems design maturity assessment, systems engineering capabilities maturity, program management and systems affordability and systems effectiveness. He has a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and Technology, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from SMU. He has worked at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for 17 years. He served as Technical Development Vice President of INCOSE, North Texas Chapter in 2016.


Chapter Meeting - April 9

Five key insights from the RWG sessions at IW2019

Presenter: Lou Wheatcraft
Abstract: In this presentation I will give an overview of the RWG activities at IW2019 and then go into five key insights from the RWG sessions at IW 2019.
The overall theme of the RWG sessions at IW2019 was “The role of requirements in an MBSE world". Based on this theme there were 10 presentations resulting in a good cross section of perspectives and insights. While many good points were made over the 4 days, several key insights emerged during the presentations and subsequent discussions. This presentation discusses 5 of these insights:
1. The concept of “duality” as applied to requirements and models.
2. Requirements don’t just happen – they are a transformation from a set of needs, that was transformed from a set of concepts that address a feasible solution to a problem.
3. The quality of the requirements is directly proportional to the quality of the set of stakeholder needs from which they were transformed. Likewise, the quality of the set of needs is directly proportional to the quality and quantity of the work done to define the problem, understand the stakeholder expectations, drivers and constraints, and risks – as well as the time and effort spent in defining a feasible logical and physical concept (model) based on this information prior to documenting the needs.
4. Preliminary conceptual and physical design architectural models are both the source of the stakeholder needs and resulting requirements (design inputs) as well as the tools used to implement those same sets of needs and requirements in the form of the design and the engineered system of interest (design outputs).
5. 20th century SE methods and practices are often not adequate to address the challenges of increasingly complex, software centric systems of the 21stcentury!

Bio: Lou Wheatcraft 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 18 years. 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 accessed at: http://www.reqexperts.com/blog.


Chapter Meeting - March 12

MBSE for PLM: Part of the Digital Systems Life Cycle

Presenter: Sarena Gazic and Raymon Smith

Abstract: This presentation is about the practical application for modeling as it is applied to the amalgamation of disparate data in the deployment of information systems.  The focus of the approach entails the modeling of people, processes, and system data that are required through the ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 System Life Cycle Processes. In this approach, we are using SysML (Systems Modeling Language) to connect what is deemed essential in requirements to the structure and behavior of the fielded tool.  This system model shapes the deployment for the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) environment and interfaces to legacy systems.  The presentation also discusses model-generated artifacts that are used for tool deployment, external system integration, and end user training.

Bio: Sarena Gazic is a Systems/Software Engineer and owner of SGGE, a consulting company she started in 2011. Her company sets up modeling environments, trains users in UML/SysML/UPDM, develops automation tools, and develops systems engineering products. Prior to that she worked for 3 companies in the defense industry on most phases of the program lifecycle. She has 19 years of model based engineering experience, including large programs with distributed users. She has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics with a Physics concentration.

 

Raymon Smith is a Project Manager for StraCon Services Group.  He is currently leading a team in deploying a Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach to Product Lifecycle Management tool implementation.  Raymon has over 10 years of DoD experience spanning systems engineering from requirements and architecture definition to mechanical and electrical design through verification and validation.  Throughout his time working with the DoD, Raymon has focused on how to better design and support complex defense systems by implementing sophisticated digital tools that enable a holistic lifecycle understanding.  He has a M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and B.S. degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.  

 


Chapter Meeting - February 12

Overview of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (ODASD) Digital Engineering Strategy

Presenter: Barry Papke, Director of Professional Services for No Magic Inc.

Bio
: Barry Papke is the Director of Professional Services for No Magic Inc. and actively teaches and consults worldwide on Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), system design with SysML and enterprise architecture development with DODAF/UPDM.  Prior to joining No Magic, he spent thirty-two years as a systems engineer, operations analyst and program manager with L-3 Communication, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.  Barry is an active member of the INCOSE Agile and Security Working Groups and participates each year in the International Workshop and International Symposium.  He also works with other INCOSE chapters around the US supporting/participating in local chapter workshops and events.  Barry has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology.

 


Chapter Meeting - January 8

Future of SE
Presenter: Jon Clauss

Abstract: This presentation will review the current state of Systems Engineering the need to evolve Systems Engineering and how INCOSE is evolving with in through the “SE Vision 2025” effort.  Note this a  presentation originally created and presented by Gary Roedler LM Senior Fellow and INCOSE President, for the 2018 LM Fellow Conference.

Bio
: Jon Clauss is a Purdue Graduate(‘85 A&AE), Lockheed Martin Fellow and has been at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics – Fort Worth and legacy companies for 30+ years.  He started his career in the Flight Controls area and has worked the integration of system including the F-111, F-16, X-35 and F-35.  He was won 3 AeroStar awards (2 team, 1 individual). His current work focus is architecture, systems engineering and integration of the F-35 with off-board systems and the F-35 Enterprise. He has presented papers/presentations on topics as diverse as: the value of Hardware in The Loop Simulation, F-35 Model Based System Engineering Lessons Learned, and System Architecture and Engineering Lessons Learned from On-Line Gaming, and Millers’ Law. He is a Senior Member of AIAA, a member of the International Council of System Engineering (INCOSE) and a member of the Association of Airworthiness Professionals (AAP).


2018

Chapter Meeting - December 11

Blockchain: 2018 State of the Industry

Presenter: Darren McCarley

Abstract: As a follow-up to his March presentation, Darren discussed the current state of the industry with us in December. If you don't know what a blockchain is or think it only has something to do with bitcoin, read Darren's March presentation before this one. We went over several use cases for blockchains.

Bio
: Darren McCarley is a Software Developer Staff in Applications at Lockheed Martin Enterprise Business Services. He is a recognized subject matter expert in logistics and transportation currently leading teams under Aeronautics’ Supply Chain. Darren brings 25+ years of software development experience focusing on transportation and logistics including consumer goods, wholesale, retail, as well as manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. Including carrier compliance, hazardous materials, international transportation, customer compliance, covering parcel, truck, and air logistics. Since joining LM in 2012, Darren has supported various Aeronautics Supply Chain applications by leading teams primarily focused on blockchain solutions, transportation and logistics, supplier discipline, process automation, and global applications. Darren is a serial entrepreneur and active volunteer. Focusing on community engagement with CodeQuest, Toastmasters International, Aledo Youth Sports, and Fort Worth Homeless.

 


 

Chapter Meeting - November 13 

Automated Requirements Verification Using SysML

Presenter: Dr. Saulis Pavalkis

Abstract: Systems Modeling Language (SysML) is used to capture systems design as descriptive and analytical system models, which relate text requirements to the design and provide a baseline to support analysis and verification. This session will demonstrate how model of the system, expressed with sufficient precision, can be used to support early requirements validation and design verification, particularly when coupled with an execution and simulation environment. Additionally, we will show how to use test cases and associated verification procedures as combination of inspection, analysis, demonstration, and testing to verify that the designs satisfy the system requirements.
The session demonstrates:
*   Representing text-based requirements in Cameo Systems Modeler
*   Requirements traceability, gap and coverage analysis
*   Refining and formalizing requirements
*   Selecting verification method
*   Defining test cases and analysis models
*   Performing automated requirements verification
*   Recording verification results, generating verification reports

Bio
: Saulius Pavalkis is the Chief MBSE Solutions Architect at Dassault Systems (Former No Magic, Inc.). Saulius has 15 years of experience working on modeling solutions working as a consultant, trainer, PLM products integration manager, a former analyst in the R&D department core MagicDraw team. Saulius is helping with successful MBSE adoption at major companies: Ford, Boeing, NASA, Orbital ATK (NGC), Draper. Saulius has Ph.D. in Software Engineering – models traceability, BS, and MS in Telecommunication and Electronics Engineering. Last few years represents No Magic, Inc. at INCOSE CAB. In 2018 Saulius received lifetime achievement award from No Magic, Inc. “Cameo Award for Modeling, Simulation & Analysis Excellence.” Founder and chief editor of a modeling community blog (blog.nomagic.com) dedicated to sharing practical model-based engineering experience. Contributor to systems engineering conferences: INCOSE IS, NDIA, GLRC, NMWS.


Chapter Meeting - October 9

Information-based Requirement Development and Management

Presenter: Lou Wheatcraft

Abstract: This presentation proposes an Information-based Requirement Development and Management (I-RDM) approach to developing and managing requirements from the perspective that requirements should not be developed and managed separate from other system data and information model development and management activities. Instead, requirements should be developed and managed concurrently from the beginning of the project as an integral part of the data and information modeling activities. If done correctly, the Systems Engineering (SE) tools will adhere to data sharing standards that will result in the project having the ability to form an integrated or federated data and information model of the system of interest that includes all artifacts and work products generated during all SE lifecycle phases with established traceability that is accessible by both the requirements development and design teams. That way, the design team will not have to import an often-defective set of design input requirements and analyze those requirements, correct defects, and then develop their design model and resulting design outputs. Instead the design modeling team would work concurrently with the I-RDM team through scope definition, concept maturation and feasibility activities, defining stakeholder needs, transforming those needs into a well-formed set of design input requirement expressions. Using this concurrent data and information modeling approach, the start of detailed design would be a continuation of the data and information modeling activities that begin at the start of the project. Thus, the design output development activities would begin with a mature system data and information model rather than a set of requirements whose quality is questionable with no underlying data and information model from which the requirements were transformed.

Bio
: Lou Wheatcraft 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 18 years.
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: http://www.reqexperts.com/blog

Brian Kennedy has authored the book:

Success Is Assured: Satisfy Your Customers On Time and On Budget by Optimizing Decisions Collaboratively Using Reusable Visual Models

The book teaches how to consistently satisfy your customers on-time and on-budget by optimizing decisions collaboratively using reusable visual models.  
 
You can see a short video explaining the book here: http://SuccessIsAssured.com/
You can also see a more SE-oriented presentation of some of the book’s content in the Systems Engineering Journal article here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/sys.21269


Chapter Meeting - September 11

System Engineering with Model-Based Design

Presenter: Lyle Shipton

Abstract: In today’s fast paced market, design teams need to be able to release high quality products ahead of the competition.  Increasing performance expectations have made what once was acceptable system inefficiencies into unacceptable design flaws that may harm market success.  Furthermore, growing system complexity puts added pressure on the development process.  This presentation will demonstrate how Model-Based Design, tightly linked with the Simulink modeling environment, can automate verification and validation activities while ensuring the development process conforms to industry safety standards, ultimately reducing cost and project risk.

Bio
: Lyle received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon completion of his thesis, Lyle joined Space Exploration Technologies, where he served as the lead engineer for Falcon 9 structural testing and stage integration. After leaving SpaceX, Lyle joined Eaton Aerospace's Fuel and Motion Control Division as lead systems design engineer for system controllers. He joined MathWorks in July 2016. His focus is on Model-Based Design for high-integrity system development. 

 


 

Chapter Meeting - August 14

Lean & Agile Enterprise Frameworks: Using SAFe 4.5 to Manage U.S. Government Agencies, Portfolios, & Acquisitions

Presenter: Dr. David Rico

Abstract: Dr. David F. Rico will give a presentation on "Lean & Agile Enterprise Frameworks: Using SAFe 4.5 to Manage U.S. Government Agencies, Portfolios & Acquisitions." Lean and agile methods are well-established models for managing high-risk, time-sensitive R&D-oriented new product development (NPD) portfolios products and services with demanding customers and fast-changing market conditions. In fact, lean and agile methods are now used by over 95% of public and private sector organizations worldwide. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a de facto international commercial standard for managing large information technology (IT) intensive portfolios, programs, projects, and teams. SAFe is used for the purpose of scaling lean and agile principles to large organizations, enterprises, portfolio, and multi-project programs (for government agencies, acquisitions, and complex large-scale systems of systems). SAFe lean and agile portfolio management principles are now used by nearly 50% of organizations constituting 200,000 professionals in over 100 countries. Furthermore, SAFe is emerging as the body of knowledge for lean and agile portfolio management, program and project management, systems and software engineering, and new product development (NPD) in-general. SAFe is a multi-level model consisting of best practices, recommendations, guidelines, and tools for enterprise-wide lean and agile budgeting, portfolio and value stream management, cross-cutting enterprise-wide workflows and threads, management of complex acquisitions and programs, and multi-team project management, governance, and synchronization. At its most rudimentary level, SAFe provides the program management and systems engineering discipline necessary to build complex, enterprise-wide mission and safety-critical systems, while retaining the flexibility, adaptability, and market-responsiveness of lean and agile principles. Therefore, SAFe is emerging as the de facto industry standard for Global 500 firms, stall worth U.S. manufacturing industries and firms, top U.S. financial institutions, U.S. federal healthcare institutions, major U.S. defense contractors, and public-sector agencies such as the U.S. DoD.

Dr. Rico will establish the context, provide a definition, and describe the value-system for lean and agile portfolio, program, and multi-team project management (as well as performance measurement). He’ll provide a brief introduction to SAFe, highlighting its newest features linking lean-budgeting, investment management, and business cases to hypothesis testing-based innovation management, continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment, development operations (DevOps), and program objectives, increments, and releases. He’ll then walk the audience through each of SAFe’s four major levels and the associated principles, practices, and tools (illustrating case studies; tips, tricks, and techniques; and personal experiences along the way). He'll provide a closer look at SAFe's multi-tier requirements model of epics capabilities, features, and user stories; provide a detailed roles and responsibilities (RACI) matrix; explain and illustrate key SAFe metrics and related concepts, describe SAFe case studies and cloud computing applications, identify SAFe change management techniques and roadmaps; and close with SAFe adoption statistics, a summary, parting principles, lessons learned, further resources, and a host of related roadmaps, comparative analyses to competing frameworks, metrics, models, and quantitative performance outcomes. This briefing has been warmly received by multiple U.S. government agencies, contractors, and PMI audiences throughout Baltimore-Washington, DC.

Bio: Dr. Rico oversees a multi-billion-dollar IT portfolio. He’s been a technical leader in support of NASA, Navy, Air Force, and Army for over 30 years. He has led over 30 change initiatives based on Cloud Computing, CI, CD, DevOps(Sec), Microservices, Lean, Agile, SOA, Web Services, Six Sigma, FOSS, PMBoK, ISO 9001, CMMI, Baldrige, TQM, DoDAF, DoD 5000, etc. He specializes in IT investment analysis, portfolio valuation, and organization change. He’s been an international keynote and conference speaker, authored seven textbooks and numerous articles, and is a frequent PMI, INCOSE, ALN, and SPIN speaker. He is a Certified PMP, CSEP, ACP, CSM, FCP, FCT, SAFe Agilist, and DevOps expert, and teaches at seven Washington, DC universities. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Software Engineering, and D.M. in Information Systems. He has been in the IT field since 1983.

Top Lean-Agile Videos & Briefs
Agile Business Value • (video) http://youtu.be/fdqS2QwmNs8 • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18j.pdf
Agile Leadership • (video) http://youtu.be/70LRzOk9VGY • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18g.pdf
Business Agility • (video) http://youtu.be/hTvtsAkL8xU • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18f.pdf
Agile Org Change • (video) http://youtu.be/RFq2sW_Cka4 • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18m.pdf
Lean Portfolio Mgt • (video) http://youtu.be/1TAuCRq5a34 • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18d.pdf
Lean Portfolio Mgt II • (video) http://youtu.be/QM6QyRZADxo • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18t.pdfNew -- SAFe in Gov’t !!!
Agile Project Mgt • (video) http://youtu.be/5ej19jU3-t8 • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18i.pdf
Agile Introduction  • (video) http://youtu.be/rqKvRwJNitQ • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18l.pdf
Agile Metrics & Models • (video) http://youtu.be/9WbSO62a4bM • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18k.pdf
Development Operations • (video) http://youtu.be/X22kJAvx44A • (brief) http://davidfrico.com/rico18e.pdf

 

Top Lean-Agile Whitepapers
• Rico, D. F. (2018). Lean & agile contracts: 21 principles of collaborative contracts and relationships, Retrieved June 29, 2018 from http://davidfrico.com/collaborative-contract-principles.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2018). The agile mindset: 18 attributes of successful business leaders, managers, and teams, Retrieved January 1, 2018 from http://davidfrico.com/agile-mind-attributes.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2017). U.S. dod vs. amazon: 18 architectural principles to build fighter jets like amazon web service using devops. Retrieved January 26, 2017, from http://davidfrico.com/dod-agile-principles.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2016). The 16 attributes of successful real-world leaders and leadership in today’s high-tech organizations. Retrieved October 15, 2016, from http://davidfrico.com/leadership-attributes.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2016). The 10 attributes of successful teams and teamwork. Retrieved September 26, 2016, from http://davidfrico.com/teamwork-attributes-2.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2016). Business value, ROI, and cost of quality (CoQ) for devops. Retrieved June 1, 2016, from http://davidfrico.com/rico-devops-roi.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2016). The 12 attributes of successful collaboration between highly-creative people. Retrieved February 29, 2016, from http://davidfrico.com/collaboration-attributes.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2014). 18 reasons why agile cost of quality (CoQ) is a fraction of traditional methods. Retrieved June 25, 2014, from http://davidfrico.com/agile-vs-trad-coq.pdf
• Rico, D. F. (2014). Best practices: Kickstarting agile methods in a traditional organization. Retrieved June 16, 2014, from http://davidfrico.com/kickstarting-agility.pdf

 

 


 

Chapter Meeting - June 12

Some Practical Considerations for Systems Engineers in a Lean-Agile Airborne Weapon System Program

Presenter: Ken Garlington

Abstract: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has pursued the application of Lean-Agile principles in the sustainment and modernization of various airborne weapons systems in its portfolio. As part of this effort, we have found that some of our traditional approaches to implementing effective systems engineering practices needed to evolve. This presentation talks about some of the challenges and our responses in areas such as technical planning, requirements specifications, and technical reviews.

Bio
: Ken Garlington has worked as a software engineer and systems engineer at Lockheed Martin for 34 years on various weapons systems. His current role is as a Senior Staff Systems Engineer in the Aeronautics Engineering and Technology department. His interests include safety related systems and the use of Agile and Lean principles in the systems engineering discipline. He holds Master’s degrees in software engineering and systems engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Chapter Meeting - May 8

Requirements Re-Use Library

Presenter: Warren Smith

Abstract: The prevalence of Requirements Management Tools has created an opportunity for Engineering Organizations to improve productivity by re-using common requirements from one product version to the next. Unfortunately, simply using a requirements database does not translate to re-usability of those requirements on another program. WRAYN's studies have shown that as many as 70% of the requirements in a given specification can be re-used if structured properly in a Re-Usable Requirements Library database. This translates into real cost savings: As much as 40% of a given Systems Engineer's time is wasted re-engineering common requirements previously defined on other programs. This paper describes the key considerations and basic process of building a Re-Usable Requirements Library focused on a Database of Requirements, with a measured return on investment exceeding of 328%. It explores the investment required and utility of such a Database.
This presentation describes the very specific techniques and approaches used to build this library.

Bio
: Warren B. Smith is a Systems Engineering partner at WRAYN LLC. He has been supporting systems engineering tools and methods his entire career. In his 30+ years, he’s worked as a Systems Engineer, a Project Engineer, a University Instructor, and Entrepreneur. He’s worked in many facets of the field developing systems, testing systems and working for tool vendors. He spent 10 years as an entrepreneur, running his own MBSE Company with 7 employees.  Through his company, Warren developed Re-Use methodologies and deployed Agile techniques at seemingly inflexible organizations.

While he’s worked on a wide variety of systems including Military Helicopters, Nuclear Submarines, Military Vehicles, Spacecraft, Training Systems, Medical Devices and IT, he says working on Amusement Park Rides was the most fun!


Chapter Meeting - April 10

Systems Engineering on Legacy Systems

Presenter: Paul White

Abstract: What are legacy systems? Why would you want to work on legacy systems? How can you build a successful engineering career in legacy systems? What are some strategies for working on legacy systems? In this presentation, we will explore these, and many other, questions. As engineers, we are the problem solvers of the world. We apply our creativity and technical expertise across many domains. We build state-of-the-art aerospace and automotive vehicles. We develop innovative ways to bring food and water to more people around the world. We produce ingenious technologies for delivering health care. We produce greener technologies and develop more efficient infrastructure. Legacy systems play a critical role in the systems we work on every day. Rather than thinking of legacy systems as “obsolete” or “outdated”, think of them, simply, as older systems that are still in use today. These legacy systems are still in use, because they fulfill their missions better than anything else in their domains. As a younger engineer, you can benefit greatly by working on legacy systems. As an older engineer, you can continue learning, growing your career, and mentoring the next generation of engineers. As we discuss legacy systems, we will present strategies for working on legacy systems. These strategies include gathering documentation, seeking mentoring, developing architectures, performing modification programs, sustaining the system, and replacing the system. We will show how applying these strategies can lead to a successful engineering career. 

Bio
: Paul is a senior systems engineer at KIHOMAC in Layton, Utah.  He works with BAE on the ICBM
Minuteman III and GBSD platforms and has worked on the A-10C aircraft.  Previously, he worked on the
Airbus A400M and Boeing EDCU programs for Astronautics Corporation of America in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin; on both the Big Safari and IBS programs for L-3 Communications in Greenville, Texas; and in
factory automation for Hyundai in Eugene, Oregon.
He has nineteen years of experience in the aerospace industry. Paul has been an INCOSE member since
2007 serving in various top leadership roles in the North Texas (Dallas - Fort Worth) Chapter,
Chicagoland Chapter, and Wasatch (Utah) Chapter.  He is the current president of the Wasatch Chapter.  
Paul has been a leader in the annual Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC) since 2012 including
conference chair for the 6th and 8th conferences.  He is the conference chair for the first annual
Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) in Ogden, Utah.
He has a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from the Stevens Institute of
Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce,
and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.  He is a Certified
Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through INCOSE.

 

Academic Council at the IW Report and ABET’s Engineering Area Delegation

Contributor: Phil Brown
 

Phil has been a member of INCOSE for over 20 years.  In 2001, the then president of INCOSE met Phil in the hall at the IS in Melbourne, Australia to say the INCOSE BOD had approved budget for becoming a member of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).  Fast forward to now,  Phil is currently our delegate to ABET.

Below is Phil's report to the Academic Council at the IW in Jacksonville.  It will give you an overview of what we are doing.  The second attachment are the slides presented to ABET’s Engineering Area Delegation on 23 March in Baltimore.  It announces our intent, along with six other societies, to propose a program criteria for undergraduate programs in systems engineering.  You will also note we are hosting a workshop in conjunction with the IS in Washington.  The date for that workshop is Sunday, July 8th.  Attendance is by invitation only. 

 

Chapter Meeting - March 13

Formally: An informal introduction to Blockchain

Presenter: Darren McCarley

Abstract: Blockchain: You’ve heard the word. You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve been asked by friends or family. You still think blockchain is: a fad, an illicit payment method for nefarious activities, some kind of fake money used in a Ponzi scheme, [add your favorite myth here].
So, what IS blockchain? How does it apply to the enterprise? Are there more than one kind of blockchains? How does blockchain affect me?
We will attempt to dispel these myths and answer these fundamental questions with the “Formally: An informal introduction to Blockchain” presentation.
Audience participation is highly encouraged during the presentation. However, additional invitations for off line discussions are extended as well.

Bio
: Darren McCarley is a Software Developer Staff in Applications at Lockheed Martin Enterprise Business Services. He is a recognized subject matter expert in logistics and transportation currently leading teams under Aeronautics’ Supply Chain. Darren brings 25+ years of software development experience focusing on transportation and logistics including consumer goods, wholesale, retail, as well as manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. Including carrier compliance, hazardous materials, international transportation, customer compliance, covering parcel, truck, and air logistics. Since joining LM in 2012, Darren has supported various Aeronautics Supply Chain applications by leading teams primarily focused on blockchain solutions, transportation and logistics, supplier discipline, process automation, and global applications. Darren is a serial entrepreneur and active volunteer. Focusing on community engagement with CodeQuest, Toastmasters International, Aledo Youth Sports, and Fort Worth Homeless.

Chapter Meeting - February 13

Verification and Validation of Behavior Models Using Lightweight Formal Methods

Presenter: Dr. Kristin Giammarco

Abstract: This presentation provides a method for exposing invalid behaviors in systems of systems (SoS) early in design, at the architecture level. The Monterey Phoenix (MP)-based method for conducting behavior model verification and validation (V&V) was developed after students ranging from high school to the graduate level began discovering unintended, invalid, and potentially high-consequence behaviors permitted by their designs. These unspecified behaviors were consistent with known requirements, but violated stakeholder intent. Examples from four models from different domains and developed by different students are presented, then used as a basis for developing a structured set of behavior model V&V criteria that may be applied to any MP model. Finally, the criteria are put into the context of a systematic method that guides modelers in a thorough V&V of the behavior model. The ease with which unspecified and potentially invalid behaviors were exposed by students at various levels of education suggests that this lightweight formal method for behavior model V&V is user friendly for application by practitioners who have basic skills in logic and logical thinking. Follow-on work will further test the method on other MP behavior modeling efforts, with an aim to improve and extend behavior model V&V criteria and the methods in which they are employed.

Bio
: Dr. Kristin Giammarco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where she teaches courses in system architecture and design, system integration, systems software engineering, and model-based systems engineering. She conducts research in the use and development of formal methods for systems architecture modeling as well as system and software behavioral modeling and architectural patterns with students and colleagues within and outside of NPS.  Dr. Giammarco is a member of INCOSE, the Lifecycle Modeling Language Steering Committee, and the International Society for Systems Pathology.  She holds a Ph.D. in Software Engineering, an M.S. in Systems Engineering Management, and a Certificate in Advanced Systems Engineering from NPS and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Chapter Meeting - January 9

How Libraries Stay Relevant with 3D Printing, Laser Engraving, etc.

Presenter: Cullen Dansby

Abstract: Libraries are not just for checking out books. Today’s libraries offer many resources to their patrons. Resources include movies for education and entertainment, music, tools to learn new languages, online magazines, and job search resources. The Benbrook Public library also has a MakerSpace. MakerSpace is a space just for you to create practically whatever you can dream. For the young ones – and the young at heart we have an array of creative tools that are all available for you for in-house use at the Library. We have tons of great software – including Photoshop, Garage Band, SketchUP and hardware including PolyPrinter 3D Printer, The Zing Laser Engraver, Little Bits Kits, Extra Large Digital Sketch pad, Snap Circuits Extreme, LEGO Mindstorms, Akai Professional MPD18 USB MIDI Pad Controller, Line 6 Pocket POD Guitar Multi Effects Processor, Alesis Q49 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller, Squier Bullet Strat with Tremolo, and Silhouette Cameo Shape Cutter. Cullen will talk to us about 3D printers and laser engravers.

Bio
: Cullen Dansby is the Adult Services Librarian at Benbrook Public Library. His main responsibilities are developing the library’s adult collections, planning and implementing programs for adults, promoting library services, assisting in the use of MakerSpace equipment, and helping patrons meet their various library-related needs. He has a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Oklahoma (sorry, Texas fans) and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas.
 

2017

Chapter Meeting - November 14

SE Fundamentals on Portfolio, Program, and Project Management (P3M)

Presenter: Dr. Tina Srivastava (Gigavation & MIT)

Abstract:The disciplines of Program Management and Systems Engineering are inherently intertwined. To develop and deliver complex systems, all three sides of the “iron triangle” (cost, schedule, and performance) must be known, traded, and evolved in consideration of the others. When there is tension and confusion over the  roles  of PMs  vs.  SEs,  programs  suffer  from  deadline  overruns  and  failures.  This presentation  will introduce the fundamentals of system program management. The

target audience includes professionals from both the systems engineering and project management spheres, including those seeking a deeper common understanding  and those  new  to  either  discipline.  Every  systems  engineer  must  understand  key  P3M fundamentals  in  order  to  critically  evaluate  and,  when  necessary,  credibly  challenge  management  on potentially unrealistic expectations related to project cost, schedule, scope, and risk. Advanced methods and tools of project management will be introduced in the context of managing complex projects. Finally, this presentation will discuss strategic issues and scenarios that cannot be fully predicted such as unplanned rework,  perceived  versus  actual  progress,  and  misalignments  between  work  breakdown  structures, organizations,  and  product  architectures.


Bio
: Dr. Tina P. Srivastava is currently serving as INCOSE’s Secretary since her election in 2015. Dr. Srivastava received the INCOSE Inaugural David Wright Leadership Award in 2014 for technical and interpersonal competencies in the practice of system engineering as a means for solving the great challenges of our planet. Dr. Srivastava co-chair of the PM-SE Integration Working Group and is one of the authors and editors of the book Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering.

Dr. Srivastava has held senior engineering leadership and technical management roles across the aerospace, national security, and commercial sectors. She is Chief Architect at Gigavation, a small business focused on cyber security founded by MIT and Harvard graduates.

Dr. Srivastava earned her S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering. She is in the MIT Strategic Engineering Research Group, Foundations of System Design and Management graduate curriculum development Core Team, and lecturer in the areas of complex systems, technology roadmapping and selection, and aviation. Dr. Srivastava is also an FAA certified pilot.

Presentation will be posted once we receive permission.


Chapter Meeting - October 10

Business Value of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, & DevOps(Sec): Scaling Up to Billion User Global Systems of Systems Using End-to-End Automation & Containerized Docker Ubuntu Cloud Image-Based Microservices

Presenter: Dr. David F. Rico
Abstract: Dr. David F. Rico will give a presentation on the "Business Value of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, & DevOps(Sec): Scaling Up to Billion User Global Systems of Systems Using End-to-End Automation & Containerized Docker Ubuntu Images," which are late-breaking 21st century approaches for rapidly and cost-effectively building high-quality global information systems, minimum viable products, minimum marketable features, service oriented architectures, web services,and microservices using lean and agile principles, portfolio management, containerization principles, application security, and end-to-end automation.
  • He will identify the motivation for Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and DevOps(Sec); provide a definition of DevOps; and describe the fundamental mechanics and evolution of agile testing and DevOps.
  • He will provide a summary of DevOps best practices, metrics, costs and benefits, case studies, tool  ecosystems, adoption statistics, and case studies (including rarely seen, late-breaking economic data and results from the top global Internet firms).
  • He will discuss of agile security engineering practices, development operations security (DevOpsSec), and security automation.
  • Finally, he'll close by discussing the cost of quality (CoQ), scaling practices, barriers, organizational change, and a summary of the enterprise and national benefits for DevOps.
Bio: Dr. Rico oversees a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of IT projects. He’s been a technical leader in support of NASA, Navy, Air Force, and Army for over 30 years. He has led over 20 change initiatives based on DevOps(Sec), Cloud Computing, Lean-Agile Methods, SOA, Web Services, Six Sigma, FOSS, PMBoK, ISO 9001, CMMI, Baldrige, TQM, DoDAF, and DoD 5000. He specializes in IT investment analysis, portfolio valuation, and organization change. He’s been an international keynote speaker and conference speaker, authored seven textbooks and numerous articles, and is a frequent PMI, INCOSE, ALN, and SPIN speaker. He is a Certified PMP, CSEP, ACP, CSM, FCP, FCT, and SAFe Agilist, and teaches at six Washington, DC universities. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Software Engineering, and D.M. in Information Systems. He has been in the IT field since 1983.     


Chapter Meeting - September 12

Affordability

Presenter: Dr. Long Dong
Abstract: In the current environment, Affordability has more weight than ever due to improved technology and other aspects of engineering that drive more demand for efficiency and agility. Within the systems engineering community, there is a huge opportunity for engineering better systems that serve both:
•solving customer’s complex problems and
•providing the incentive for long term growth.

The presentation highlights some relevant research and introduces a methodology for systems engineers to address such demand and complexity within the defense industry. Two major takeaways:

(1)the differences in understanding of affordability between contractor and customer, and
(2)affordability is not just profitability; it’s an ongoing assessment for any complex systems or system of systems developer.

Bio
: Long Dong has a PhD in Systems Engineering from Southern Methodist University (SMU). He conducts research in systems engineering with focuses in systems design maturity assessment, systems engineering capabilities maturity, program management and systems affordability and systems effectiveness. He has a Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering and Technology, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from SMU. He has worked at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics for 17 years. He served as Technical Development Vice President of INCOSE, North Texas Chapter in 2016.     

Chapter Meeting - August 8

Systems Engineering is as Much About the Journey as the Destination

Presenter: David D. Walden, ESEP, co-owner and principal consultant for Sysnovation, LLC.

Abstract
:  “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

                  -Arthur Ashe

Systems engineering done poorly is obvious – missed requirements, integration issues, verification concerns, etc. Systems engineering done well is often transparent – either not noticed or assumed to be due to something else. To outside observers, many times including champions and sponsors, successful systems and the resulting systems engineering artifacts and work products appear “obvious.” They see an artifact such as a system boundary diagram or N-squared diagram and they intuitively think it was stable and known from the beginning and assume it was created in a straightforward manner with trivial or no effort.  However, the reality is that the artifact evolved through the deliberate application of systems engineering and the intentional interactions of the team.  This paper describes the importance of the systems engineering journey and how to impress upon others the need to take that journey on every project.

Bio
: David D. Walden, ESEP, formed Sysnovation, LLC in 2006. Sysnovation is focused on Systems Engineering consulting and education/training. Mr. Walden assisted numerous clients with improving their Systems Engineering effectiveness. He has served as a coach/mentor, an independent reviewer, major review (e.g., PDR, CDR) coordinator, Systems Engineering Subject Matter Expert, and process consultant.  He has created and taught numerous Systems Engineering courses and tutorials, including an on-line variant of a Systems Engineering Principles course. Mr. Walden was with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for 13 years and worked at McDonnell Aircraft Company for 10 years. He has served as an editor of the INCOSE SE Handbook since Version 3.2 and was the Lead Editor of the 4th Edition. He is a liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Groups 10 and 20.  He was the Program Manager of the INCOSE Certification Program from 2007-2013.  He has an M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University in Indiana. Mr. Walden was one of the first to earn the INCOSE CSEP in 2004 and was awarded the INCOSE ESEP credential in 2011.     



Chapter Meeting - July 11

We Need More Jack Sparrow, Savvy? A Swashbuckler’s Guide to System Modeling with SysML

Presenter: Michael J. Vinarcik, ESEP-Acq, OCSMP-Model Builder—Advanced

Abstract: SysML is often presented as complicated, difficult to understand, and software-biased. It has also been portrayed as solely a collection of diagrams. Nothing could be farther from the truth; although SysML has a high level of essential complexity (Brooks), the systems it describes are equally complex. This paper draws upon lessons learned from leading a system modeling effort using SysML and establishes parallels to leadership principles from Captain Jack Sparrow (a character in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films). It also considers some aspects of elegance in design and modeling and provides practical insights into how to represent relevant information in a SysML model. A particular emphasis will be placed on modeling methods and how to maximize the value of work products derived from “traditional” SysML content.

Bio
:Michael J. Vinarcik is a Senior Lead Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton and an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has over twenty years of automotive and defense engineering experience. He received a BS (Metallurgical Engineering) from the Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an MS (Product Development) from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Michael is a licensed Professional Engineer (Michigan) and holds INCOSE ESEP-Acq, OCSMP: Model Builder – Advanced, Booz Allen Hamilton Systems Engineering Expert Belt, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer certifications. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit, chaired the 2010-2011 INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conferences, and was the 2012 President of the INCOSE Michigan Chapter. He currently co-leads INCOSE’s Model Based Conceptual Design Working Group and is the President and Founder of Sigma Theta Mu, the systems honor society.


Chapter Meeting - June 13

Enabling Repeatable SE Cost Estimation with COSYSMO and MBSE

Presenter: Barry Papke, Director of Professional Services for No Magic Inc.

Abstract
:In their paper on “A Generalized Systems Engineering Reuse Framework and Its Cost Estimating Relationships,” (Wang, Roedler, et al. 2014) present an approach for estimation of systems engineering effort that extends the COSYSMO equation to account for the effort associated with Design With Reuse and Design For Reuse classification categories in the Generalized Reuse Framework.  Implementation of this approach for cost estimation clearly depends on two critical items: (1) the ability to accurately and consistently count the size drivers; and (2) the ability to calibrate the model equation.  As part of future work, they also describe the potential to use this approach as a management tool in architecture development – “a cataloging mechanism in organizing components of reference architecture.”  This paper presents a practical implementation of the COSYSMO cost estimating relationship through extension of a Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) modeling environment with SysML for estimating end-to-end systems engineering effort in developing a system.  The approach provides a new way of rapidly creating cost estimates, conducting cost-based analysis and trade studies with full traceability from the cost estimation parameters back to the architecture of referenced system of interest.

Bio
: Barry Papke is the Director of Professional Services for No Magic Inc. and actively teaches and consults worldwide on Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), system design with SysML and enterprise architecture development with DODAF/UPDM.  Prior to joining No Magic, he spent thirty-two years as a systems engineer, operations analyst and program manager with L-3 Communication, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.  Barry is an active member of the INCOSE Agile and Security Working Groups and participates each year in the International Workshop and International Symposium.  He also works with other INCOSE chapters around the US supporting/participating in local chapter workshops and events.  Barry has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Steven’s Institute of Technology.


Chapter Meeting - May 9

Overview of ISO 15288 and INCOSE Certification Program

Presenter: Octavio Castellanos and Yvonne Bijan

Abstract
: Did you know Systems Engineering has an ISO standard? To get caught up on Systems Engineering ISO standard and the INCOSE certification program, don't miss our May meeting. We'll get an overview of ISO 15288 from Octavio. We'll also be hearing about the INCOSE certification process and an upcoming paper based exam. Are you already certified? Do you already know all about Systems Engineering? Come and share your knowledge and experiences with others. Our meetings are a networking opportunity to connect with fellow Industry folks as well as meet the chapter board.

Bio: Octavio Castellanos is a Lockheed Martin (LM) Systems Engineer under Aero’s Engineering and Technology (E&T) Systems Engineering (SE) organization, as well as an Adjunct SE Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). His most recent assignments include LRIP Lead and CAM for F-35 Test and Verification; EVMS Lead and Project Engineer for Finance & Business Operations (F&BO); and Systems Engineer for F-35 Verification and Analysis. Octavio chairs the Rotation Advisory Board as a graduating participant of LM’s prestigious Advanced Technical Leadership Program (ATLP). His SE experience includes working the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) for the APT T-50 Platform; breaking ground in the Aerospace industry developing this first-time full conformant SEMP to ISO-IEC-IEE 15288. The depth of his SE experience is in SE Integration and Verification where he led the verification and closure of contractual requirements in support of the Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract during the System Development phase of the F35 Program. Octavio is also a Corporate LM Chem/Bio NExpert and a Technical Research Paper Reviewer for the National Association for Engineering Education (ASEE). During his graduate studies, he served as INCOSE/UTEP President under the New Mexico’s Enchantment Chapter of INCOSE (2010-2011). He currently holds a Masters degree in Systems Engineering from UTEP and an INCOSE CSEP certification.


April 11 2017

Life Without Systems Engineering - Is It an Option?

Presenter: Kelly DeFazio, Professional Engineer, Director of F-35 Production/Producibility Engineering

Abstract
: Systems Engineering is still a baby.  Born around the 1940’s by Bell laboratories, as a result of their need for the system of products and industry in communication. Other traditional forms of engineering design as a science have been around for centuries upon centuries, so why is systems engineering so important now? NASA quickly adopted this new approach to engineering. They saw the need for integrating a system of systems in order to get a man to the moon and back to earth safely.  So is Systems Engineering a technical solution need or just a government born project created to spread commerce across a varied team of contractors? Often, program management cuts this function off after completing the program’s Systems Requirements Review (SRR) treating systems engineering budget as a source of discretionary funds.  After all, “the requirements are complete – now - on to hardcore design”,  so why not cut systems engineering budget?  Hmmmmm, is Systems Engineering really a requirement? 

Bio
: Kelly DeFazio is Director of F35 Production Engineering for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.  Her responsibilities include manufacturing engineering, test engineering, manufacturing planning and root cause and corrective action across all F35 production sites. Kelly was the Courtland Site Director for LMSSC responsible for Procurement through Assembly Integration & Test (AI&T) and delivery of Missile Systems.  In addition, she managed and maintained the 660+ Acre ordnance rated facility with over 125K Sq Ft of production floor space. Kelly was the Program Manager for the LV-2 product line and the Re-Entry Vehicles within the Targets and Countermeasures Programs (LMSSC) in Huntsville, AL. Kelly served as a Titan IV Launch Conductor at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  Kelly earned her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electrical) and her Master’s degree in Business Administration (Management) from the University of Central Florida.   


Link to recording: https://youtu.be/53HcdQCqIlQ


March 14 2017

Enabling and Facilitating Agility in Systems Engineering and Hardware Development

Presenter: Rick Dove
Abstract: Initial findings for generic fundamental agile systems engineering life cycle patterns and principles arising from four analytical investigations will be reviewed:
1) Lockheed: Transition to a tailored SAFe-like process for 1200 engineers and executives;
2) Rockwell Collins: Market awareness-driven Product Line Engineering for mixed Hardware/Firmware/Software products;
3) Northrop Grumman: Continuous evolution of a security-critical systems-of-systems multi-database portal;
4) SpaWar System Center Pacific: Evolutionary development of innovative technology with mission-engaged subcontractors.
A special focus will review supporting infrastructures for agile hardware development.

Bio: Rick Dove is a leading researcher, practitioner, and educator of fundamental principles for agile enterprise, agile systems, and agile development processes. In 1991 he initiated the global interest in agility as co-PI on the seminal 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy project at Lehigh University. Subsequently, he organized and led collaborative research at the DARPA-funded Agility Forum, involving 250 organizations and 1000 participants in workshop discovery of fundamental enabling principles for agile systems and processes of any kind. He is CEO of Paradigm Shift International, specializing in agile systems research, engineering, and education; and is an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology teaching graduate courses in agile and self-organizing systems. He chairs the INCOSE working groups for Agile Systems and Systems Engineering, and for Systems Security Engineering, and is the leader of the current INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model Discovery Project. He is an INCOSE Fellow, and the author of Response Ability, the Language, Structure, and Culture of the Agile Enterprise.

February 24, 2016 

Practical Implementation of Model Based Systems Development

Presenter: Dr. Yvonne Bijan




January 27, 2016

System Engineering Lessons Learned From Online Gaming

Presenter: Jon Clauss


December 16, 2015

INCOSE North Texas Chapter: ​More Effective Planning Using Agile and Lean Approaches

Presenter: Don Boyer



November 11, 2015

Combating Uncertainty in the Workflow of Systems Engineering Projects

Presenter: Barry Papke



October 14, 2015

Applying the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to Lean Systems Engineering

Presenter: Harry Koehnemann



September 23, 2015

Applying Systems Engineering to Deliver Cyber Security for the 21st Century

Presenter: Col Charlie Flores