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Webinar 15:00 UTC: Divergent Thinking in Systems Engineering Practice: Is There a Shortfall?

INCOSE Webinar: Divergent Thinking in Systems Engineering Practice: Is There a Shortfall?
Date: 16 Sept 2009
Time: 15:00 UTC
Presenter: James Armstrong
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INCOSE Best Paper, Academia Domain, 2009 International Symposium: "Divergent Thinking in Systems Engineering Practice: Is There a Shortfall?"
Paper Abstract:  Divergent thinking produces an expanded definition of both problem and solution space.  Convergent thinking leads to the selected solution.  A balance of the two is an essential element of effective systems engineering practice.  A significant predominance of convergent thinkers and shortage of divergent thinkers has been noticed in a group of systems engineering students.  A negative impact on exercise results was also noticed.  If this is a valid observation of the general systems engineering field, there are serious implications that must be addressed in training and at work.  This paper outlines the initial observation, impact, and potential for future research.
 
Mr. Armstrong is an Industry Professor of systems engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology with over 40 years experience in systems engineer and program management. Roles include systems engineer, test engineer, systems safety, configuration management, and program manager.  Application domain spans satellites, air traffic control systems, communications, airborne telemetry, and shipborne imaging radar.  Recently, he has been consulting and teaching systems engineering for commercial and government organizations.  He has participated in the development of most systems engineering standards and models.
 
Mr. Armstrong has been active in INCOSE at local and international levels for 16 years.  He has served in various roles in the technical community, as Chair of the Member Board, member of the Board of Directors, and CAB representative.  He has also been President and Director of the WMA chapter, and is a frequent presenter at the International Symposia.
INCOSE Best Paper, Academia Domain, 2009 International Symposium: "Divergent Thinking in Systems Engineering Practice: Is There a Shortfall?"