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|Wednesday, 7 December 2011
NEXT WEEK!! Chapter Holiday Party and Award Ceremony
It’s been a wonderful year of meals, lectures and fellowship. Come celebrate with us as we recognize those who have helped us realize INCOSE’s mission to push SE out into the front of the public debate. Join us for an evening of fine food and stimulating conversation with friends and colleagues. Including the presentation of the System Engineer Of the Year Award
Location: Crofton Country Club
Dinner Cost: $45 per person – Register by website: Credit card via PayPal, go to our >>Registration Page<<
2011 and 2012 and Beyond
Member meetings have been exceptional, involving well known speakers and hot topics. Attendance remains in the 50-75 member range, more than twice the attendance of previous years. Topics have included Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), system architectures (DoDAF/UPDM), a joint meeting with the Project Management Institute, a Deming video, systems engineering certification, cloud computing, and agile systems engineering. Notable speakers have included John Thomas (INCOSE president elect) and Mr. Stephen P. Welby; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering. The flyers and after action reports for these meetings are available our new improved website. As always there are special thanks to JHUAPL, UMBC, and CyberCore for providing the meeting venue.
Less visible but equally important are the technicial working groups. For more than ten years, the Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM) working group has met monthly in the Kossiakoff center. The result has been new modeling techniques and the publication of the definitive OOSEM book. This is not a simple technology. OOSEM meetings will continue for years.
Other working groups come and go. Some focus on professional certification (eg, CSEP) and standardization (eg, ISO/IEC 15288). Others focus on specific phases of the life cycle from requirements through to disposal. Many INCOSE CC members participate in the international workshop, the international symposium, and other technical programs. The International Chapter has published systems engineering webinars. These resources are all documented at the INCOSE Intl website.
Do you want more details on INCOSE programs? Do you want to stay current with SE technology and techniques? Do you want to participate in SE working groups? Start with the INCOSE CC website, then proceed to our parent INCOSE International website. Read the e-newsletters. Search related web sites. Browse the web with a small team. Regardless of how you approach these web sites, these are key mechanisms for getting value from INCOSE. As always, suggestions are appreciated.
Holiday Awards Party
Don’s position statement is published on our web site.
“First, I will work to ensure that the Chapter provides an environment that fosters professional development, collaboration and exchange.”
“Second, we operate in an age of information overload. I will work closely with the Chapter Program Director and Programs Committee to ensure that our presentation speakers, tutorials, panel discussions and other forums present timely and relevant topics that bring value to the individual member.”
“Third, I will work to ensure that the Chesapeake Chapter brings the individual member value by linking us to the larger INCOSE, INCOSE as an international organization.”
“Finally, I will be a good steward of the position of leadership that is entrusted to me and will work diligently to bring value to the individual members whom I serve. I look forward to serving as President of the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter.”
Enjoy the holidays. Share in the spirit of good cheer and good will. Then next year, as the INCOSE CC team, we can realize the INCOSE value proposition for our members and share our systems engineering knowledge in outreach to K-12 schools, students, other engineering programs such as ASME, new partners such as PMI, and other partners.
Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge
A draft of the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK version 0.5) was released in wiki format on www.sebokwiki.org. SEBoK 0.5 is currently open to worldwide review. Please contribute!
I was reading a Washington Post editorial a few weeks back, dealing with the tragic events around the July 23rd train accident in China. What got me was the line:
Looking into this further I found another article which details more issues:
What concerns me is the idea that these design flaws and training failures could be caused by ”corruption accusations against high-ranking railway officials.” To be fair China has instituted system wide safety inspections and fired the officials under suspicion of corruption. So they are getting their house in order but my point of this article is to shed light on a seldom talked about topic in systems engineering circles: How do we, as Systems Engineering professionals, address the possible malfeasance of stakeholders??
Did You Miss Last Month?
On November 16, 2011, the UMBC Technology Center was packed with Program Manager and System Engineering Professionals in the first time ever joint meeting between INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter and PMI Baltimore Chapter. Dr. Don York, PhD, P.E., CSEP, INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Programs Director, introduced the panel. Each panel member shared their thoughts on the question: "Differences and similarities in the roles of the Program Manager and the Systems Engineer. Who does what? Can one person do both?"
Panel Participants included:
Each gave their unique perspective on answering the question. Each discussed the need for better communications and cooperation.
This is the monthly newsletter for INCOSE Chesapeake, a local chapter of INCOSE International. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum for professionals practicing the art and science of Systems Engineering in the Northern & Central Maryland & Southern Pennsylvania area.
The Chesapeake Chapter is always looking for volunteers to speak at our upcoming meetings! Please contact our 2012 Programs Director, Mr. Erik DeVito, if you would like the opportunity to speak or can recommend someone.
The Chesapeake Chapter of INCOSE is proud to recognize the following organizations for sponsoring our endeavors to expanding the understanding and appreciation of Systems Engineering in the local area:
Mark your Calendars with these upcoming Chapter events:
Discover Systems Engineering
Copyright (c) 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
As a member of INCOSE you have online Access to the current and past issues of The Journal of Systems Engineering via the Wiley InterScience site. Search the archives and download papers of interest. Registration on the Wiley site is required. Instructions for accessing the SE Journal can be found in INCOSE Connect
With Connect you can also download INSIGHT Vol 14 Issue 3: September 2011
This Newsletter is to serve our members and is open to all for contributions. Do you have an interesting idea for an article? A review of a new book related to engineering? Let us know. We’d love to hear about. It may wind up in a future issue of our Newsletter.
Preparing for the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Exam
Obtaining a CSEP is not easy, but that’s what makes it so valuable. You have to demonstrate your real world experience via a lengthy application and three references. Then you need to pass a two-hour, 120-question, multiple-choice exam. The courses listed below will help prepare potential candidates for this demanding process by becoming familiar with the INCOSE SE Handbook version 3.2 which is the basis for the examination.
CSEP Prep …..……….Dec. 6 – 8
For more opportunities see our Chapter’s Website Education Page for more information.
Keep up with the latest news and events. Find out about our new Board of Directors. Explore our extensive library of previous lectures from our Monthly Dinner Meetings. Learn of the Benefits of Joining INCOSE. Check out Systems Engineering education in the local area. All this and more awaits you at our INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Website.
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