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Certification Exam | Empowering Women Leadership Forum | MBSE Lightning Round | Practitioner’s Challenge

Certification Exam


Individuals, who are not currently INCOSE ASEPs, CSEP, or ESEPs, are invited to take the INCOSE Certification knowledge exam at the International Workshop.

There is no fee for this exam. There are, however, some differences from the exam offered at computer testing facilities. The exam at the IW will be taken on paper rather than a computer. Results will be sent by email within four weeks of the exam completion.

Those who pass the exam will be allowed to use their results toward INCOSE ASEP or CSEP certification if they apply for that certification within a year.

No test participants are required to apply for certification, but those who do apply will have to pay all standard application fees and be INCOSE individual members.
On exam day, participants will need to provide photo identification and confirm their email address. No talking or reference materials are allowed during the exam, except for a translation dictionary for those whose mother tongue is a language other than English. Candidates whose mother tongue is not English may also have an additional thirty minutes to take the exam. They must request this extra time before the exam begins.

Information about the INCOSE knowledge exam based on the INCOSE Handbook version 4 was presented at IS 2015 and is published here.

Additional details about the INCOSE Certification Program are here.

Sessions at IS2018:
Sun, 8 Jul: 08:00-12:00 (Lafayette/Farragut Square - Level 5b)
Thu, 12 Jul: 08:00-12:00 (Penn Quarter A - Level 1b)

Empowering Women Leadership Forum

Embracing Systems Engineering Leadership Diversity

Sat, 7 Jul: 08:00-16:45 (Independence Ballroom BC - Level 5b)

Please plan to attend the Empower Women Leadership Forum: Embracing Systems Engineering Leadership Diversity to hear from leaders in the systems engineering field including Kristen Baldwin, Victoria Cox, David Long, and Bill Parkins. The Forum will kick off at 8:00 am in the morning with introduction and keynotes, with a networking break from 9:30 – 10:00am, and then a “Leadership Journey” panel from 10:00 am to noon where the panelists will talk about their leadership style, what works, what has been challenging, and provide some anecdotal examples that have been turning points in their leadership journey, and more. After lunch, the forum will pick back up at 1:30pm with a professionally led hands-on interactive workshop for the attendees for the afternoon with a short networking break from 3:00 – 3:30pm. The forum ends about 4:45pm to allow time for setting up for the 5:00 – 6:00pm Empowering Women Reception - forum attendees are invited and can expect attendance from many INCOSE leaders at this informal networking reception. We hope to see you there!

Please send an email to [email protected] to let us know you will be attending the Leadership Forum and / or the Reception, “last minute” attendees are also welcome.

MBSE Lightning Round

Inspire MBSE

Sat, 7 Jul: 13:30-17:10 (Independence Ballroom DE - Level 5b)

MBSE flier

13:30 Introduction
13:45 Evolving MBSE to Enable the Digital Future - David Long
For over ten years, the systems engineering community has focused on transforming from document-centric to model-based techniques. But the challenge is not to transform systems engineering. The challenge is to transform the holistic engineering lifecycle. How must we evolve model-based systems engineering to enable the digital future?
14:05 Changing the World with Models - Troy Peterson
Models are incredibly powerful. They change perceptions, provide deep understanding, remove bias, reveal patterns, uncover opportunities and they even inspire us to change. The power of models, however, is dependent on many factors such as the accuracy of thing it represents as well as how insights are communicated to others. This talk will demonstrate through examples how models change people, programs, and systems and it will share principles to realize the power of models to change the world.
14:25 Seven Reasons to Trust/Distrust Models - Donna Rhodes
Based on recent research, this talk shares the collective wisdom of experts on reasons why we trust (or distrust) models as a basis for making system decisions.
14:45 ROI on the edge of MBSE - Mark Sampson
Why do we have to continue to justify the investment in MBSE despite the fact that today’s complex products are out running traditional means of predicting product costs and ROI (in fact can’t be built without them). This talk shares current thinking and experience around ROI on MBSE—attempting to answer the value question of MBSE.
15:05 Break
15:20 Autonomous Vehicle Development Using MBSE - Chris Davey
Ford shares real-world MBSE experience related to autonomous system of system design.
15:40 Using MBSE to Decrypt the Innovation Process and Corporate Memory - Bob Sherman
This talk will make some assertions about key elements of MBSE that must be addressed to solve the juggernaut of minimizing work process complexity while evolving process and knowledge asset models to win in an increasing complex and rapidly changing world.
16:00 Modeling Counterintuitive Results - Ricardo Valerdi
This talk provides examples of counterintuitive results in the military, product development, and sports. Models play an important role in identifying counterintuitive situations because they help describe the underlying phenomena that makes the result counterintuitive.
16:20 Manufacturing Software: Opportunities and Obstacles - Stephen Mellor
Why should we manufacture software and what is topping us?
16:50 Panel/Forum
17:10 Closing

Practitioner's Challenge

Applying Systems Thinking and System of Systems Engineering to Innovation Systems

(Franklin Square - Level 5b)

The 2018 International Symposium Project Team is pleased to announce the 5rd Annual Practitioner’s Challenge. The purpose of the Challenge is to engage Symposium participants in a collaborative manner to demonstrate how systems engineering can be used to address and support solutions to global, sociotechnical issues. For the 2018 Practitioner’s Challenge, the focus will be on the application of systems thinking methods and systems of systems principles to development of a national innovation system.

What is the Practitioner’s Challenge?

A chance to get together with fellow symposium participants to practice applying systems approaches - this year systems thinking and system of systems - to a broad socio-technical problem. It’s an opportunity to explore an interesting problem space and work with symposium attendees you might not otherwise meet.

Why should I participate?

The primary objectives for participants of the Practitioner’s Challenge are to:

  • Collaborate on a sociotechnical problem;
  • Demonstrate the value of applying systems thinking and system of systems approaches to these types of problems;
  • Gain new insights into the applications of systems thinking/system of systems approaches by interacting with a wide variety of systems engineers: new INCOSE members, members from defense, aerospace, and a range of other domains; and
  • Create a series of artifacts that can be used by participants and by INCOSE to demonstrate the value of system engineering approaches.
Who Can Participate in the Challenge?

The Practitioner’s Challenge is open to all who are registered for IS2018. However, the maximum number of participants will be 40, so if you are interested, it’s best to sign up when you register. The Practitioner’s Challenge team will include as many of those interested as possible and we will send a confirmation notification to all of those who apply before June 15, 2018.

What Do I Need to Do?
  • Register for the challenge when you register for the International Symposium.
  • Review appropriate background readings and videos prior to the event (materials posted separately).
  • Join fellow participants during a few sessions of the conference technical track (there is flexibility here).

Registrants will be provided additional information prior to the conference.

For more information on the Practitioner’s Challenge, contact Robert Edson* ([email protected])

*The author's affiliation with The MITRE Corporation is provided for identification purposes only and is not intended to convey or imply MITRE's concurrence with, or support for, the positions, opinions or viewpoints expressed by the author.