The phrase “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” is well known and important to Systems Scientists and Systems Engineers alike. It’s like a short pithy definition of Emergence. And it is almost always automatically attributed to Aristotle. But what I want to know is this - Did he say it? Why did he say it? And in what context?
Managing a complex system development being developed is extremely challenging and requires extensive coordination between the all stakeholders, technical teams, leadership and decision makers, operational support teams, and the customer/end users.
This month’s article will focus on Modeling Complex Systems, and why the SE and STEM community needs to step up their skills and expertise in understanding the driving requirements for complex systems, system and subsystem inter-dependencies, system-of-systems complexity, and future challenges for all industries.
One of the main objectives of the book was to capture Lean Thinking (in the context of Systems Engineering) as a set of Lean Principles including Customer-Defined Value, Value Stream Mapping, Continuous Value Flow, and Customer Pull of Value.
The ESEP certification is reserved for senior systems engineers with significant systems engineering experience and proven professional leadership qualities. Four newly certified ESEPs from our chapter attended the Gala and were recognized for their accomplishment. In speaking with each of them, each had a profound message to share regarding their journey.
George Anderson makes the case that with the demise of the slide rule because of the invention of the calculator in 1972, engineers began to lose something that we will always need. That is a working understanding of math fundamentals.
Systems thinking and the application of Systems Engineering (SE) processes are both necessary elements in the discovery and description of technical failures associated with some fatal aircraft accidents. The King 56 aircraft investigation was a fascinating search for forensic truth and George was part of the investigating team
George Anderson highlights the work of a Roman citizen named Flavius Vegetius Renatus as he considers a process improvement proposal for the Emperor Valentinian to increase the Roman Legion military readiness levels.
The words of the pilot’s handbook describe the process of flying a heavy jet transport category aircraft to cruise altitude in a deceptively straightforward and uncomplicated manner. But George Anderson explains the actual complications involved.