Wednesday, May 20, 2015 – 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm

Time: 5:15 PM for networking;  5:30 PM for dinner;  6:00 PM for the program

Where: Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.  San Diego 92123

Cost for Dinner: $5 for INCOSE members;  $10 for non-members  (pay upon your arrival)

Remote Access Web Address:

Access Number: 1-719-867-1571
Guest Passcode: 940 973 4856

PDUs: Earn 1 PDU towards your SEP recertification by attending the presentation

Speaker: Charley Patton, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

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Presentation: Model-Based Systems Engineering on a Quick Reaction Program

In this era of Urgent Operational Needs and Quick Reaction Capabilities,
it is easy to forego formal systems engineering efforts in light of
schedule and budget demands. But these fast-paced programs are more in
need of disciplined analysis and design efforts than slower-paced
programs because communication of ideas and capture of decisions are
paramount to success in what could otherwise be chaotic environments.
This presentation will illustrate how Model-Based Systems Engineering
was tailored to an Independent Research and Development effort,
contributing to the successful flight test of the system in only six
months from inception to first flight. Triggered in part by the fact
that no major adverse findings were observed during these tests, the
team was presented with a 2012 Quality is Personal award.

The presentation will provide specific examples of analysis and design
artifacts used to keep the team coordinated throughout the development
cycle. Rational RequisitePro was used to capture the Critical
Operational Issues, Measures of Effectiveness, and Measures of
Performance, as well as the system requirements and references to the
functional and physical architecture, thus allowing traceability among
these analysis and design elements to ensure complete coverage of
intent. The design was captured using a blend of Modern Structured
Analysis, Object-Oriented Analysis, and the Hatley-Pirbhai method
(a.k.a. Process for System Architecture and Requirements Engineering).
The artifacts from these methods were combined to create documents for
CONOPS; Functional Requirements; and Implementation, Integration, and
Test Plans and Procedures, with the intent of becoming deliverable in
the event of productization.

Presenter Bio: Charley Patton is an engineering manager and practicing systems engineer for Northrop Grumman, which he joined in 2004. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.S. in Business Management from SDSU, and several certifications, including a Systems Engineering certificate from UCSD. Charley transitioned from software engineering to systems engineering the old-fashioned way – his boss directed him to derive the system requirements because he was the most experienced member of the project team. From this first excursion into the analysis arena, he learned increasingly disciplined methods for determining and documenting requirements and architectures, planned and executed system test and deployment activities, and eventually joined the ranks of functional management leading a group of mostly software, integration, and test engineers. Today he splits his time between managing his department, performing technical systems engineering  tasks for various projects, and trying to get his dachshunds to understand the value of properly documented CONOPS.

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