Deborah Cannon, Host Site
INCOSE - Los Angeles Chapter
(310) 336-8341
(714) 477-3755 (mobile)

August 7, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm PT

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The Aerospace Corp. Bldg D8, Rm 1010
200 North Aviation Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245 

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August 7th Speaker Meeting
A fresh look at Systems Engineering – What is it, how should it work? with Scott Jackson

      5:15-5:30  Sign-in/Registration
      5:30-6:00  Networking/Refreshments
      6:00-6:15  Introductions
      6:15-6:30  WG Presentation
      6:30-7:30  Guest Speaker Presentation

Aerospace (Host Site) reservations close Monday noon the week before the meeting (30 July). We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must observe security procedures of our host site. For remote venues and virtual attendance please RSVP by Monday noon the week of the meeting (6 August). Virtual Attendance instructions will be emailed the morning of the meeting.

COST:  INCOSE Individual Members and Stidents: FREE

            CAB Associate Members: $5
            Non-Members: $10

WHERE:  Host site: The Aerospace Corp., Bldg D8, Room 1010,  200 N. Aviation Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245;  POC: Deborah Cannon, (714) 477-3755 (mobile).  Refreshments will be provided at this site.

REMOTE SITES (potential-please verify with site POC):



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Redondo Beach: CLOSED
NGC R4 SIM Center

Stephen Guine

Azusa: CLOSED  Northrop Grumman Corp. (Employees)

Maria Alvarez

Goleta: CLOSED Ricardo Control Point

Paul Stowell

Woodland Hills: CLOSED Dassault Systemes

Christopher Jones

 WEBCAST VIRTUAL SITE:  Register as an individual virtual participant

Does our historical approach to Systems Engineering fit our 21st century applications? INCOSE’s definition of SE was compared to the aspirations set out in SE Vision 2025 for SE as it ought to be to address modern challenges. Doing this led us to three fundamental realizations:

  • Past systems were mostly deterministic, but 21st century systems are on the other hand increasingly non-deterministic, adaptive or evolutionary
  • Past Systems Engineering management was implicitly based on a command and control paradigm, 21st century Systems Engineering must use a more collaborative leadership paradigm
  • Past systems were largely single systems designed to solve specific problems, but 21st century systems are almost invariably networked, and are parts of complex extended enterprises with multiple, often conflicting, stakeholder objectives intimately related to complex societal challenges.

The presentation will use elements of Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) to understand the implication and consequences of the paradigm shift implied by these realizations. A revised strawman definition of Systems Engineering is offered for consideration by INCOSE, showing the changes that would be required to take these and related factors into account.

The introduction to this topic will consider changes in what we mean by “system”. The System Definition Survey issued to INCOSE Fellows in December 2016 revealed at least five radically distinct worldviews on systems within a relatively small, but moderately representative, part of the INCOSE community. Scott will describe and analyze the survey results, and comment on differences between the responses from the Fellows and the responses to a similar survey issued to the System Science Working Group a month later. All the worldviews identified offer useful perspectives for systems engineering. Systems Engineers need the flexibility to adopt different worldviews for different situations.

This presentation reflects the work of a team of experienced INCOSE authors: Hillary Sillitto, James Martin, Regina Griego, Dorothy McKinney, Eileen Arnold, Patrick Godfrey, Dov Dori, Daniel Krob and Scott Jackson.

BIOGRAPHY:  Scott Jackson, PhD is an INCOSE Fellow and an independent consultant and researcher working with aircraft manufacturers around the world. His books include Systems Engineering for Commercial Aircraft, Second Edition (2015) published by Routledge (UK) in both English and Chinese. Another book is Architecting Resilient Systems (2010) published by Wiley (US).

 Working Group Presentation:  TBD