Addressing the future with a better ConOp (or is it better humans we need?)

Addressing the future with a better ConOp (or is it better humans we need?)

My daughter Stephanie graduated from MIT this year and I got to hear Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and best-selling author, give the Commencement address. Her message was about the effects of Technology on the Society and the World, what I heard … We Need a Better ConOps!

Delivering Systems in the Age of Globalization

Delivering Systems in the Age of Globalization

We’ll be going to the INCOSE Annual International Symposium. This year it's practically in our back yard (so to speak) so we couldn't resist. Please drop by our table A7 in the exhibit hall. We have some exciting promotional items we are giving away. Come and meet our team.

Zen and the Art of Systems Thinking

Zen and the Art of Systems Thinking

On June 21, 2017, I had the privilege of speaking to the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter on the topic of Systems Science, Systems Engineering and Systems Thinking — using the catchy title, "Zen and the Art of Systems Thinking."  Here I include the slides and references for those who want to explore my talk in more detail.

Systems Science — an oxymoron?

Systems Science — an oxymoron?

How is Systems Science an oxymoron? It may come from the fact that studying Systems requires a holistic perspective whereas the fundamental concept of Science is looking at things in a reductionist manner. So how do you reconcile these two fundamentally different approaches into one discipline?  Maybe the key is looking and seeing “systems’ everywhere.

The Science of Systems Engineering

The Science of Systems Engineering

Where is the Science for Systems Engineering? Every engineering discipline has its science — Electrical Engineering has its Ohm's law — Mechanical Engineering has all of Newtonian Physics — Civil  Engineering has Material Science — Chemical Engineering  has its periodic table of elements — and so on and so forth. But what about Systems Engineering? Where is our science?