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June 16, 2010: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Case Study

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Our president, George Anderson, started the meeting by asking each Board Member to provide an update:

George explained to the audience that he found a Collaborative Agreement between INCOSE and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) on the INCOSE Central website. It’s well worth a read as well as a pursuing a possible joint meeting in the future.

George then introduced long time member, and the 2008 System Engineer of the Year, Carol Ann Hutchinson. Carol explained that nominations for the 2010 Systems Engineer of the Year are now open. A dedicated web page on our website explains the nomination process and provides the application which can be downloaded. Important dates are:

  • All nominations due by 15 Sept 2010.
  • Completed Applications must be received by 1 Oct 2010

Previous SEYs

Three former Systems Engineer of the Year awardees, Stephen Sutton, Carol Ann Hutchinson and Jim Chism will be part of Evaluation Committee to choose the next SEY winner. Read more at the SEY webpage


Lecture: Systems Engineering when the Stakes are High and Time is Short: Lessons from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Everett SpeakingDavid Everett opened up his presentation by showing us the beauty and majesty of the moon as viewed by the many and various instruments on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). He showed us craters and mountains and the trash we left behind from the 1970s moon landings. Great stuff. But even more amazing was how successful the mission turned out even though it was a high visibility project under tremendous schedule pressure. He discussed the issues of requirements creep, constant organizational re-organization, a major decision leading to major redesign, and a change in national priorities. And yet they were successful because of a number of factors, such as strong risk management and a focus on team building and cohesiveness. He provided even more factors as well as observations derived from the book, Driven: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink.

If you missed the presentation, or want to review those success factors again, then download the presentation slides Everett Presentation here.

You can also see Mr. Everett give the same talk at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) where a video archive is available. (Scroll down to March 2, 2010).

While at the site take a look around for other interesting Systems Engineering topics.

York and Everett picking winner

Mr. Everett helps, Programs Director Don York select a winner for the door prize, “The Martian Principles for Successful Enterprise Systems”
by Ronald Mak.

Dr. Mahata after lecture

At the end of the lecture, Don York thanks Mr. Everett giving him a Chesapeake Chapter mug and 4 GB thumb drive as a gesture of our thanks.

June Collage

Another meeting filled with great conversations, good food and enlightening lecture. Please join us next month..

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