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Famous Failures Revisited: A Focus on System Integration

  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD, 20723 United States (map)

Abstract: An article in the Systems Engineering Journal addressed several famous failures from the viewpoint of the impact of requirements, verification, and validation. This presentation adds the viewpoint of systems integration as a factor in causation and includes several other examples to develop lessons learned that should be considered in systems integration.


Speaker: Jim Armstrong has practiced systems engineering for 52 years, performing various roles including configuration management, test, deployment, chief engineer, program manager, and program element monitor. For the last 30 years, he taught, consulted, and appraised systems engineering in industry and government. Also, he was on the author teams for most of the systems engineering standards. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional certification.

Menu: Curried chicken served over basmati rice, fresh vegetable of the day, rolls and butter, dessert cakes, a small Fruit Plate, coffee, and iced tea

Dinner Cost:   Guests: $25;  INCOSE members: $20 

The Registration Cost is for dinner only.  The Lecture is open to all at no cost and begins at 7 pm.

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Door Prize: The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations by Dietrich Dorner

Earlier Event: October 26
The Systems Engineering Oktober-Tool-fest