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Dinner/Lecture 20 February 2013 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Flexibility in Engineering Design
Dinner: Chicken breast with mushroom marsala sauce; Wild rice; Steamed Broccoli, served with garden salad, dressing, rolls and butter, dessert, including a small Fruit Plate, coffee, iced tea
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The 341 attendees came from chapters spread across 14 countries. There were approximately 30 Working Groups and an additional 40 sessions devoted to the operational side of INCOSE (e.g. Academic Council, INCOSE Foundation, Events Committee, and Tech Ops). As a newly minted President, I spent most of my time participating in meetings devoted to the improvement of chapter operations.
I learned a lot. Perhaps the most informative activity was the insight I gained as a participant in the meetings devoted to rating the chapter award submissions. Bob Levin and Tony Gigioli (past CC Presidents) were part of a leadership team that supervised the evaluation process. It was an eye-opening experience with respect to the rigor of the evaluation process, the verification of achievements, and the fact that most chapters (especially the more established ones such as the CC) provide a lot of extraneous information to support their self- ratings. It was a labor intensive process that took up chunks of time. To address this issue, a Chapter Awards Lean Improvement Initiative has been established to examine the current chapter awards process and propose enhancements to simplify. As far as I’m concerned, it can’t come soon enough!
In addition, I attended several working meetings devoted to sharing best practices and lessons learned about improving chapter operations, retaining members, and the upgrading of the INCOSE Website. The latter will involve the upgrade of the current incose.org site and connect.incose.org to a feature-rich content management platform. The upgrade will provide INCOSE members and leaders with powerful tools to share information. The upgrade will impact all public sites and pages for INCOSE, the registration and renewal process, and the location of public chapter and working group sites hosted on the INCOSE servers. Additional information can be gained by accessing http://www.incose.org/NewSiteInfo
I also learned that the CC Chapter is well regarded in INCOSE, and frequently serves as a benchmark for the larger INCOSE organization (e.g. Website, Newsletter, Program, and Strategic Planning). But we still have opportunities for improvement. To this end, I have invited the President-Elect David Long and the Technical Director Bill Miller to meet with the CC Board of Directors to hear their perspectives and explore ideas about improving chapter services.
Don York, Alex Pavlak, and I took the opportunity afforded by our attendance at the IW to have a strategic planning meeting. We had a good preliminary exchange and developed a road map for completing a working draft for the Board by 22 February. We anticipate a more streamlined and user-friendly plan. When the Board approves the plan we will post it on our Website.
Before leaving the IW, I also attended the INCOSE Foundation Board meeting. A major topic was the development of an initiative to honor the memory of David Wright. I will be the liaison between the Foundation Board and INCOSE. More information will be forthcoming in future issues of the Newsletter.
My parting thought is that feedback at the IW indicated our chapter is experiencing real leadership as an organization and through the volunteer efforts of our membership, A lot of people mentioned that we are a valuable resource of information on how to run a successful chapter. Thank you to all who contribute!
Did you miss last month’s lecture
Open Source Cloud: OpenStack
Cloud based architectures dominate the IT space, and there is no more disruptive technology than an Open Source Cloud. In the short time it has been around, OpenStack has begun to turn the IT world on its head, and further advances in open source networking and storage technologies in combination with this software will have profound implications in the years to come.
Don’t Miss The Upcoming Event In March
Modern Requirements Verification
Presentation: Testing is usually the preferred verification method but it is expensive. Real-world case studies,
Again INCOSE-CC is going to participate as a judge in the annual Anne Arundel County Regional Science & Engineering Fair to be held March 2nd at North County High School 8:00 -12:30.
Over 200 middle and high school students participate.
We will judge a selected set of projects and identify the top few we feel meet some basic principles that future SE’s should possess.
Also if you know of other county science fairs, or want to get more involved in similar activities as STEM [Science Technology Engineering Mathematics] please contact our Outreach lead firstname.lastname@example.org 410-956-1562.
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.
Mark your Calendars with these upcoming events:
March 20, 2013: (6:00 – 8:00)
INCOSE International Symposium
The Chesapeake Chapter is always looking for volunteers to speak at our upcoming meetings! Please contact our 2013 Programs Director,
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:
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.
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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