INCOSE Webinar: Powerful New Ways to Apply the n-Squared Diagram on Commercial SE Projects
Date: 16 March 2011
Time: 15:00 UTC / 11:00 AM EDT
Presenter(s): Randall C. Iliff
General Webinar Details: Webinar 29
The n-Squared diagram holds a special place within the formidable array of SE tools. It is superbly suited to interface control tasks, and when SE practitioners encounter the n-Squared diagram it is usually in this context. Most don’t realize how universal the logic engine within the tool actually is. For a variety of reasons general knowledge and use within the SE community seems to be declining. We’ll begin, therefore with a very quick overview of the n-Squared logic and typical applications.
The main intent of this webinar, though, is to share the unique ways we’ve been applying the n-squared diagram (and a proprietary derivative we’ve developed called the Zen2 Matrix) on commercial projects. Some uses are logical extensions of SE methods, but others are believed to be unprecedented within the SE community.
Opportunity identification, product and technology road-mapping, market segmentation, distribution planning, co-development strategy, and even FMEA all benefit strongly from use of the n-Squared diagram and its derivatives. Perhaps the greatest benefit in the Commercial Sector is simply the ability to uncover the true complexity of the development task and therefore make more realistic budget and schedule decisions.
Whether you work in traditional SE settings or the brave new world of Commercial SE, we think you’ll finish the hour with a profound new respect for the n-Squared diagram and the role it can play in your success.
Randall C. Iliff has over 30 years experience working on developmental projects ranging in size from a few thousand to well over a billion dollars, and has participated in all phases of project execution from proposal to close out. He is currently the Senior Systems Engineer and Vice President of InSight Services, supporting Bjorksten | bit 7 clients with a range of services, including product design, project management, process refinement, and training.
He earned his BS in Engineering / Industrial Design from Michigan State University, holds an MS in Systems Management, Research and Development from the University of Southern California, and received Honorary Fellow appointment at the University of Wisconsin Antarctic Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Institute when he served as the Systems Engineering Manager for the ICECUBE project.
He began his career in the McDonnell Douglas Advanced Design Group working on hypersonic aircraft and missile systems, and is particularly experienced with guiding technically challenging commercial New Product Development efforts. He has helped clients such as Motorola, Honeywell, Qualcomm and many others to plan, establish, refine and confidently execute projects ranging from single product subsystems to entire product families.
Mr. Iliff is a charter member of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE), founder / prior Chairman of the INCOSE Commercial Practices Working Group, and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
He is a frequent speaker, and has developed and conducted thousands of hours of training covering all aspects of enterprise wide system excellence. He is the Developer, Subject Matter Expert and Master Instructor for three intensive Motorola University programs that are conducted worldwide. He has spoken before groups as large as 1,200 people, been the Keynote Speaker and Master of Ceremonies for various events, and is well known for conveying not only useful information but his unique passion for the topic.
In 2005 he won top presentation honors at the annual Telelogic User Group Conference for his work"The Ironic Art of Negotiating With Your Own Management for a Chance to Save Them". In 2007 he presented the paper titled "A Question of Context - The Promise and Peril of Applying Manufacturing Concepts to Product Development Effort" at the Management Roundtable Conference on Product Development Metrics. In 2009 he delivered the Keynote Address at the University of Wisconsin Innovation Days Award Ceremony. In 2010 his article “Improving the Product Design Process” was published in Medical Device and Diagnostics Industry magazine. He presented the February 2010 INCOSE webinar “Introducing SE Principles to the Commercial Product Development Cycle” and the September 2010 INCOSE webinar "Strategies for Achieving Systems Engineering Success in Manufacturing-Dominated Cultures".
The n-Squared diagram holds a special place within the formidable array of SE tools. It is superbly suited to interface control tasks, and when SE practitioners encounter the n-Squared diagram it is usually in this context. Most don’t realize how universal the logic engine within the tool actually is.