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Thursday November 29, 2018 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday November 30, 2018 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

(This event is open to all, including non-INCOSE members)

Special Tutorial: Agile Systems Engineering – Problem Space Analysis & Solution Space Synthesis

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2-Day INCOSE San Diego Tutorial
Presented by Mr. Rick Dove, CEO/CTO Paradigm Shift International and Chair of INCOSE Agile Systems and Systems Engineering Working Group.


Dates: Thurs-Fri, Nov 29-30, 2018, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: California Miramar University, 3550 Camino Del Rio N #208, San Diego, CA 92108 (Google Maps)
Cost: $250 INCOSE members. $280 Non-INCOSE members. $200 Students. (* Registrants who are attending the 2018 INCOSE San Diego Mini-Conference also receive a $20 discount).
Lunch provided on both days.

*** NOTE – People attending the Mini-Conference on Saturday, Dec 1st, 2018, also receive a $20 discount on the cost of this tutorial. Please sign up for both!

Almost every software development organization today (and a few hardware companies to boot) practice some form of Agile software development. This highly-iterative approach requires a special type of systems engineering, one that differs significantly from the traditional V-model.

Knowledge and training in Agile is therefore a must-have for today’s systems engineering professionals! Please join us for this special two-day systems engineering tutorial by Rick Dove, chair of the INCOSE Agile Systems and Systems Engineering working group. This tutorial is centrally located at the California Miramar University in Mission Valley, is very affordable, and includes lunch on both days.

Questions? Please contact us at info@sdincose.org, or contact the instructor Rick Dove directly at dove@parshift.com / 575-586-1536

About the Course:
This 2-day Agile Systems Engineering course is designed for

  • Beginners to experienced SE practitioners
  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Project managers
  • System requirements developers

Participants will receive:

  1. Instruction, plus introduction to analysis and design tools.
  2. Examples/tool applications to real life case studies.
  3. Engagement in application exercises.
  4. Reference material / soft-copy course notes and case studies for the course examples.

Features to be Learned:

  • Goal development framework
  • Environment characterization framework
  • Reality factors framework
  • Response-requirements framework
  • Agile architecture pattern
  • Design principles
  • Operational models
  • Operational behavior principles
  • Strategy web
  • Design closure

Benefits to be Realized:

  • System environment compatibility
  • Projects that mitigate evolving risk
  • Processes that deliver on purpose
  • Products that are sustainable

Advantages to be Obtained:

  • Context-driven top-level goals
  • Problem space illumination
  • Risk-response needs established
  • Traceable solution design decisions
  • Enabled agility
  • Reusable/Reconfigurable/Scalable
  • Incremental/Wave/PLE knowledge
  • Facilitated agility
  • Coherent solutions
  • Solutions fit for purpose

Course Content:

Day 1Problem Space Analysis

To be effective, projects/processes/products (all viewed as systems) have to mate well with their operational environments. Operational environments are not static, they react to disturbances and evolve with opportunity and whimsy. Inserting a system into an environment is a disturbance. Sustaining a system in an environment entails compatible evolution.

The environment is the problem space the system will occupy. Understanding the requirements for a compatible-to-the-space solution is best done before system functional requirements get too far ahead and shape an incompatible path.

But how do we characterize the environment as a dynamic problem space and develop solution-response requirements, sufficient to guide the design of risk-mitigating agility? Characterizing the problem space is an ill-structured problem. It cannot be expressed in numbers and equations, nor solved with algorithms. This tutorial provides heuristic frameworks for developing useful characterizations of the problem space, and for developing risk-mitigating requirements for the solution space; grounded with real examples and in-class application practice.

Given enough understanding about the problem, effective solution requirements and features becomes (almost) obvious. The problem shapes and constrains effective solution, but only to the extent that we understand it.

Day 2Solution Synthesis

Mixed-discipline agile systems engineering is practiced in many operational forms: Scrum-like, Safe-like, asynchronously aligned incremental, product line engineering (PLE), and Wave in various forms. All are enabled by a fundamentally common generic architecture characterized as loosely coupled and modular, with five important operational responsibilities not generally recognized explicitly in common practice. The architecture is fleshed out with a set of common design principles observed consistently in analyzing what makes agile systems responsively effective. More recent work has discovered fundamental operational behavior principles that facilitate effective agile SE practice.

Case studies will show, and exercises will synthesize, the agile architecture pattern, the ten design principles, the nine operational principles, a strategic activity web depicting the Concept of Operations, and a methodology for closing agile design with agile requirements while employing the principles.

The agile life cycle framework that has emerged from recent studies will also be covered. This framework modifies the 15288 standard 6-stage framework and provides an added life cycle stage ignored to date and core-critical for agile systems engineering.

About the Presenter: Rick Dove

Rick Dove

Rick Dove is a leading researcher, practitioner, and educator of fundamental principles for agile enterprise, agile systems, and agile development processes. In 1991 he initiated the global interest in agility as co-PI on the seminal 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy project at Lehigh University. Subsequently he organized and led collaborative research at the DARPA-funded Agility Forum, involving 250 organizations and 1000 participants in workshop discovery of fundamental enabling principles for agile systems and processes. He is CEO of Paradigm Shift International, specializing in agile systems research, engineering, and education; and is an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology teaching graduate courses in agile and self-organizing systems. He chairs the INCOSE working groups for Agile Systems and Systems Engineering, and for Systems Security Engineering, and is the leader of the current INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model Discovery Project. He is an INCOSE Fellow, and the author of Response Ability – the Language, Structure, and Culture of the Agile Enterprise.

*** NOTE *** – People attending the Mini-Conference on Saturday, Dec 1st, 2018, also receive a $20 discount on the cost of this tutorial. Please sign up for both!

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Posted by Greg Bulla on October 28, 2018

Saturday December 1, 2018 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

(This event is open to all, including non-members)

The 2018 INCOSE San Diego Mini-Conference

The Transformation of Systems Engineering!

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Back again, the only systems engineering conference held in San Diego! Our annual full-day of presentations of systems engineering topics, to include MBSE, Agile SE, Engineering of Laws, and more. This year’s conference will center on the transformation of systems engineering in addressing new Systems Engineering tools and techniques, increasing complexity, and the shorter time to market of today’s systems.

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 8:00 AM to 5 PM (presentations start at 9 AM)
Location: UCSD Extension, 6256 Greenwich Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 (Google Maps)
Cost: INCOSE Members $50, Non-Members $60, Students $25 (registrants will also received a $20 discount from the cost of the Agile Systems Engineering tutorial, to be held on Nov 29-30th. Please click HERE for details).
Refreshments: A continental breakfast as well as a lunch of sandwiches and drinks will be provided, and are included in the registration fee. Please state vegetarian preferences with your registration.
Sponsors: This year’s Mini-Conference is sponsored by the Science of Laws Institute and by Northrop-Grumman. Please visit their stations at the conference!

This year’s conference is shaping up! It will now include 20 presentations and will include a keynote by the Chair of the INCOSE Agile Working Group, several specialized tracks in addition to a wide variety of individual presentations, vendor demonstrations, and a presentation on the merits of INCOSE CSEP or ASEP certification.

Keynote: We are happy to introduce Mr. Rick Dove, Chair of the INCOSE Agile Systems and Systems Engineering working group. Rick will discuss the Agile software (and hardware) development process and its transformational effect on systems engineering, and why every systems engineer needs to know about it.

Conference Tracks:

  • Cybersecurity Systems Engineering
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Systems Engineering for Cybersecurity Systems
  • Science of Laws in System Engineering

Conference Highlights

8-9 AM Registration, Networking and Vendor Displays (includes light breakfast)
9 AM Welcome and Morning Keynote – Agile Systems Engineering, Rick Dove, chair of the INCOSE Agile Systems and Systems Engineering working group
12 PM Lunch (included), INCOSE Certification, Vendor Presentations
1 PM Afternoon Keynote – TBD. Please check back soon.

Cybersecurity Track

  • Cyber Engineering integration into System EngineeringMahasa Zahirnia (NGC)
  • System Engineering Approaches to Address Cybersecurity Challenges of the Electric GridKay Stefferud (ENERNEX)

MBSE Track

  • MBSE in Practice – Chris Huang (SSC-Pacific), George Teding (BAH)
  • An MBSE Approach for System Product Line Architecture Modeling and Economic AnalysisRay Madachy, PhD and John (Mike) Green (NPS, INCOSE SD)
  • Effectiveness-Based Capability Model (EBCM)John (Mike) Green (NPS)

Science of Laws Track

  • Laws and Regulations: How Much is Too Much? A More Scientific Approach to Evaluating ImpactsPrakash Rao (Enterprise Sherpas), Ann Reedy, PhD (Consultant), and Beryl Bellman, PhD (Professor, Cal State Los Angeles)
  • Applying Machine Learning to Amass the Body of Scientific Knowledge on Laws and LawmakingGary Saner (Primero Systems)
  • Quality Standards for Law EngineeringDavid Schrunk, MD (Science of Laws Institute)
  • Science of Laws for Humanity’s Futures on Earth and in SpaceBob Krone, PhD (Kepler Space Institute)
  • Can We Create a Sustainable Government Using the INCOSE SE Measurement Primer?John Wood, PhD (Science of Laws Institute)
  • Working Session: Establishing an INCOSE Working Group Dedicated to the Science and Engineering of Governmental LawsJohn Wood, PhD and David Schrunk, MD (Science of Laws Institute)

Agile, Human Systems, AI and More

  • A Process Architecture Model for Cost Analysis of Agile Software Development ProjectsRobert Gallerani, Joseph Simonetti, Kristin Giammarco, PhD and Ray Madachy, PhD (SSC-Pacific, NPS)
  • Systems Engineering on Artificial IntelligenceAndrew Raharjo Tsai
  • Human Systems Integration and DevOpsFrank Lacson and Kevin Aeling (AUSGAR Technologies)
  • Integrating Systems Engineering and Project Management via the SPIF and SPIF-EJohn Wood, PhD and Yves Theriault, PhD (California Institute for Performance Management)
  • Elegant EngineeringHowen Fernando (SSC-Pacific, INCOSE SD)
  • Panel & Closeout

Full presentation descriptions and bios:

Cyber Engineering integration into System Engineering

Over time, many organizations have implemented systems with different architectures and operating environment. They have used a variety of technologies spanning several physical environments leading to data and workload redundancies, higher maintenance costs and lack of efficiency in the use of organizational data and processes. System of System (SoS) engineering provides solutions to bring together different computing systems and software applications, physically or functionally, to perform a task/mission. SoS provides processes, methodologies, and tools that enable customers to fully integrate systems vertically and horizontally, resulting in the ability to more rapidly and efficiently support both business and mission system requirements. Cyber Security approaches systems security engineering and integration in a phased methodology that can be executed in a serial or parallel manner with System Engineering, however the art of Cyber Security is not actively monitored during all phases of the project.

Speaker: Mrs. Mahasa Zahirnia
Mahasa Zahirnia

Mahasa Zahirnia is a Chairwoman of the STEM program at Northrop Grumman Corporation. She has her Masters in Management from University of San Diego and Electrical Engineering Degree from San Diego State University. Mrs. Zahirnia has over 28 years of experience in the areas of Program Management, Electrical Engineering, Control Systems, Cyber Security, System Engineering and Architecture. She was a Chairwoman of the Society of Women Engineering, a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and has coached several Robotics Programs for local middle schools. Mrs. Zahirnia has received several awards from the Department of Defense for her outstanding performance in the area of engineering and has mentored several at risk young students. Mrs. Zahirnia has held positions at Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cubic Cooperation, Captiva Software, Sony Corp and Solar Turbines.

Elegant Engineering

Elegant Engineering (EE) inherently includes the concepts of Agile SE, MBSE, and Digital Engineering. EE will be used as the encompassing term to describe the solutions enable by Transformational SE concepts like Agile SE, MBSE; thereby touching, defining, and promulgating these concepts. Elegant engineering is a series of best practices that deliver a solution that is highly effective, holistic, and intuitive.

  • Highly Effective – Meets all agreed to functional requirements. Meets the needs of the user. Enables mission success. Exceeds customer expectations on cost, schedule, and performance. Is resilient.
  • Holistic – See the forest and not the just the trees. Satisfies derived requirements. Addresses the “ilities”: maintainability, reliability, interoperability, modularity, sustainability, scalability, extensibility, adaptability, and supportability.
  • Intuitive – Designed with usability. Easy to train. Easy to learn. Easy to use. Organized. Supported. Intuitive

Speaker: Mr. Howen Fernando

Howen Fernando

Howen Fernando is a senior systems engineer at the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) – Pacific. Howen has recently served as deputy director, DoD Waveform Standards, Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC), where he was part of a team responsible for the creation and promulgation of Open Systems Architecture Standards in Wireless Communications Software for the DoD to enable/improve interoperability, affordability, and security of communications systems. Howen has also served as Branch Head of the Advanced Intelligence Concepts Branch at SSC Pacific, and as Lead Systems Architect for the Generation-4 Advanced Modular Electronics (AME) Receiver System (G-4 AMERS) project. He successfully led the project through Feasibility/Systems Engineering Study, Development, and Test and Evaluation Phases. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, and received his M.S. degree in 2017 in Systems Engineering Management and Product Development from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Human Systems Integration and DevOps: Lessons learned and opportunities for applying Agile Systems Engineering in DoD Systems Acquisition

Systems Acquisition in the Department of Defense (DoD) has traditionally been conducted using “waterfall” processes, where requirements development, design, and test & evaluation are conducted serially. Although, these processes may remain effective for many hardware-intensive programs, changes to DoD Acquisition Policy over the last few years has recognized more suitable models for Information Technology systems and other rapidly-developed technologies. For example, DoD Instruction 5000.02 (Operation of the Defense Acquisition System) prescribes approaches for “Incrementally Fielded Software Intensive Programs” and “Accelerated Acquisition Programs”. Although Human Systems Integration (HSI) / Human Factors Engineering (HFE) and other specialty engineering disciplines have begun to adapt to these new processes, much work still remains to ensure that tools, processes, and best practices are aligned as Agile Systems Engineering becomes more prevalent. Software development approaches have also adapted, with more programs utilizing Agile Software Development and DevOps concepts. This presentation begins with an overview of these emergent DoD Acquisition Models and well an introduction to HSI and DevOps. Successes, challenges, and lessons learned will then be presented through a series of use cases: 1) Adaptation of HSI analyses and User Experience (UX) methods in Agile Development; 2) How DevOps concepts can improve collaboration and timely application of HSI and Cybersecurity activities; and 3) Emergent trends in the Systems Engineering Technical Review (SETR) process for Navy IT systems. After the presentation of each use case, an interactive Q&A session provides the audience an opportunity to share perspectives and challenges. The authors welcome feedback from the broader systems engineering community, especially from early adopters of DevOps and Agile Systems Engineering methodologies

Speakers: Mr. Frank C. Lacson, Mr. Kevin R. Aeling (PhD)

Frank C. Lacson

Mr. Lacson is a Systems Analyst at AUSGAR Technologies, specializing in operational experimentation and Human Systems Integration (HSI) process and tool development for Navy Command and Control and Enterprise Information Systems. He enjoys the challenge of combining systems engineering and HSI to improve the user experience for the users of DoD systems. Specifically, he is proficient at conducting system assessments, requirements working groups, and design feedback sessions with users across various ranks and rates, as well as system stakeholders. Frank is an experienced and proficient technical writer, having published over 30 journal articles, invited talks, and panel discussions. He is also active in DoD HSI Standardization efforts such as MIL-STD-1472 (Human Engineering), the SAE HSI Standard, and the DoD HSI Military Handbook. In addition to being involved with INCOSE, he serves as the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) representative to the DoD Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group (HFE TAG) and is active in the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES).

Kevin Aeling

Dr. Kevin Aeling is an organizational development and Human Systems Integration (HSI) professional, with over 16 years of experience, that uses science-based and user-centered approaches to identify Information Technology (IT) needs that will exceed user requirements, be easy to use, and improve organizational performance. He has broad experience at leading teams to develop, implement, and monitor process improvement solutions., facilitating assessments to support IT selection and organizational change initiatives. Kevin is known for being eager to learn new technology and working well with senior leadership and other stakeholders to design, implement, and monitor solutions. Strengths include conducting user experience research and the design, development, execution, analysis, and reporting of operational experiments to support decision-making and planning for science and technology initiatives.

A Concept for a Military Mission Engineering Methodology: The Effectiveness-Based Capability Model (EBCM)

The military uses capability-based analysis (CBA) as the general process when considering a new approach or a transformational capability. CBA also has a role in supporting an analysis of alternatives. The approaches to this process are varied and the starting point determines the outcome. This paper presents a concept for an effectiveness-based capability modeling method (EBCM) that starts with the stakeholder’s capability need and associated performance requirement as an approach to translating mission capability objectives into a mission architecture. The approach is rigorous and uses box-structured methods for translating the stakeholder’s capability need into capability requirements. Using recursive top-down mission analysis, a notional mission architecture can be described using black boxes and probability theory. This is accomplished by using black boxe transactions to capture the initial functional requirements. The functional architecture is developed using a transaction hierarchy that uses success trees to control the expansion from one layer to the next while allocating the performance requirement to the elements of the functional architecture. The functional elements are the design element for the mission architecture and control the allocation of function and performance to potential physical systems. The result is an effectiveness-based capability model suitable for use in analysis of alternative studies.

Speaker: Mr. John M. Green

Mike Green

Mike Green is a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Department of Systems Engineering. Mr. Green holds multiple degrees in physics, computer science, international relations, and business. His research interests include sensor fusion, Open Architecture, Human Systems Integration (HSI), the application of fuzzy logic to combat systems, and layered weapons systems concepts.

System Engineering Approaches to Address Cybersecurity Challenges of the Electric Grid

Like many other systems of systems, the electric grid is facing challenges as devices originally intended to be either standalone or locally networked are now being connected to the Internet. In addition, the electric grid is facing unique challenges as the need to reduce carbon output is resulting in rapidly increasing numbers of non-centralized distributed energy. Many renewable systems such as solar Photovoltaic (solar PV) are owned not by electric utilities, but by customers thus requiring new cyber controls to protect information flowing to and from the electric utility. Other unique electric grid cyber challenges include the need to meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) requirements and a business model being contested by non-profits such as the San Diego Community Choice Energy and the state of Illinois where over 2/3 of residents’ energy is supplied by community choice aggregators (CCAs).
System engineering techniques to address electric grid cyber challenges to be discussed include
• Cyber Enterprise Architecture
• Effective implementation of the above mentioned NERC CIP requirements
• Cyber security requirements for system procurement Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
• Secure protocols for electric grid communications

Speaker: Ms. Kay Stefferud

Kay Stefferud

Kay Stefferud is Director of Implementation Services for EnerNex. She is a collaborative, versatile and results-oriented system engineer and enterprise architect who has 30 years of technical, program and team leadership experience in dynamic, rapidly-evolving environments. She uses her analytical problem solving skills in architecture development, requirements specification, procurement, design, test and system deployment. Kay has full project experience from concept development to system installation and training. Kay’s projects include specifying, designing, and testing advanced grid applications including microgrids, assessing the impacts of distributed energy resources such as solar PV systems on the distribution grid, and developing enterprise architectures and innovative grid modernization solutions.

Integrating Systems Engineering and Project Management via the SPIF and SPIF-E


The successful creation of complicated and complex systems typically requires both Systems Engineering (SE) and Project Management (PM). Various works have been done showing the benefits of both methodologies. Further, in 2011, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) formed a strategic alliance to advance the integration of the two disciplines. Yet, as of 2018, a baseline framework has yet to emerge which identifies the shared responsibilities, unique responsibilities, and handoffs between the SE and PM performers. Based upon their respective experiences in performing and teaching SE and PM, the authors sought to fill this gap via their SE PM Integration Framework (SPIF) and its extension (SPIF-E).
The SPIF is rooted in both the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook and the PMI Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge. The authors created the SPIF by integrating the standard product life cycle from the Systems Engineering Handbook and the project life cycle from the Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge. Then, for each life cycle phase, the authors identified within the SPIF which SE technical processes and PM knowledge areas typically apply. Next, the authors extended the SPIF to encompass the standard processes and products encompassed by the SE and PM methodologies. The authors organized the SPIF-Extended (SPIF-E) in the form a of a RACI chart which identifies the Responsible discipline, the Accountable discipline, the Consulted discipline, and/or the Informed discipline for each process and product. While the authors originally created the SPIF and SPIF-E as teaching tools for students of each discipline, they believe it will also serve well as a template from which practicing SEs and PMs can define their respective roles and responsibilities as they bring complicated and complex systems to fruition.

Speakers: John Wood, PhD & Yves Theriault, PhD

John Wood

John Wood, PhD has spent his career pursuing perfection in areas where less-than-perfect performance can be deadly. For more than two decades he has applied his systems engineering and project management expertise to improve performance, reduce costs, and save lives in healthcare, aviation, and defense. Now, as Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Point Healthcare Solutions, he has institutionalized these experiences in a systematic approach that helps clients define and implement data-driven healthcare strategies.

Mr. Yves Theriault, PhD, is President , CEO and Founder of Performance Project Management LLC which was formed in 2004 to capitalize on the use of Project Management Methodologies to achieve Organizational Performance. He has an extensive background in both business and technology and holds 18 years of experience in project management and performed in all types and sizes of industries. Mr. Theriault holds a PhD in Chemistry from University of Montreal and a Certificate in Project Management from University of California at San Diego. He is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and serve as Reviewer and Liaison for the Institute’s mega project: LEXICON.

Systems Engineering on Artificial Intelligence

Deep learning have recently reported as a high efficient, cost-effective, and project deliverable solution on several applications (i.e., autonomous driving, aerospace drones, smart-cities, health-care, and financial engines). Researchers are applying Deep Learning (DL) techniques to the automation of software system engineering (SE) tasks, such as project management, modeling and development. In this case study, we will use deep learning as part of System integration and testing for Robot Operating System (ROS) package for the perception of autonomous machines (Sensor Processing, Detection, Tracking, and Evaluation). The dataset in the case study is taken from KITTI Vision Benchmark Suite. We build performance models of standard process in training KITTI Google DeepLab, and then we benchmark the running performance of the framework with popular convolutional neural networks (i.e., AlexNet, GoogleNet). We analyze what factors that result in the system performance gap among the frameworks. We will present the analytical and experimental analysis and demo the visualization on GPU. The main focus is the propose performance tuning, system model and the analysis for the deeper optimization directions both algorithmic and system level design.

Speaker: Mr. Andrew Raharjo Tsai

Andrew Raharjo Tsai

Mr. Andrew Raharjo Tsai is a Co-Founder and CEO of Vector.ai, with a focus on product strategy, future transportation, self-driving vehicle and user experience. His is passionate by user needs, vehicle engineering, product management, user research, product vision and algorithm development.

Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

A discussion on MBSE in the contexts of the current state, common challenges encountered, capabilities, data analytics and some future developments from the perspective of different program offices at the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

Speaker: Mr. Chris Huang

Chris Huang

Chris leads design, development, integration and deployment of large scale mission critical network and system, with experiences in different System Engineering Methodologies (MBSE, Agile, DevOps), Networks (wired, wireless, protocols) and Security (identity and access, ,software development). His tasks vary from customer interviews, solution creation and analysis, use cases and requirements development, SysML modeling, scrum participation, integration support and process improvement.

Naval Combat System Product Line Architecture Economics

The concept and execution of product line architectures extends across all system application domains where related systems share features. Similarly, many DoD domains and industries can benefit with the capability to analyze the economic consequences of their product line architecture options. The innovative method for coupling cost modeling and architectural modeling has wide application. The research would be valid for all the services, the intelligence community, virtually all other government operations, and commercial industry across numerous domains (though some already leverage product line architectures).

The systems engineering modeling methods are transferable in several ways. The modeled generic system architecture containing the detect, control, engage paradigm as a central premise of combat systems is the same across many DoD application domains beyond the Navy. The architecture model can thus be used as a template for many DoD system product lines. The entire general method can also be used for different non-combat system types with relevant architecture models.

Speaker: Mr. Ray Madachy

Ray Madachy

Ray Madachy has been a Professor since 2008 at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ray received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1994. His background is in modeling and simulation of processes for architecting and engineering of complex systems; cost analysis and value-base engineering of software intensive systems; quantitative methods for systems risk management; systems and software measurement; process improvement; and quality; integrating systems engineering and software engineering disciplines and empirical-based research with process simulation.

Laws and Regulations: How Much is Too Much? A More Scientific Approach to Evaluating Impacts

Speakers: Prakash Rao, Ann Reedy (PhD), Beryl Bellman (PhD)

Prakash Rao

Mr. Prakash Rao is a Certified Enterprise Architect with a graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. Starting as a Research Scientist in the Corporate Computer Science Center at Honeywell Inc in the early 1980s, he has been active as a researcher, Program Manager and line manager and also in systems business development at Honeywell. He was the co-founder of InfoSpan Corporation – one of the industry’s first open standard CASE and Information Resource repository development companies.

He taught Enterprise Architecture at the FEAC Institute in the capacity of a Faculty Member for many years and has also co-trained over a thousand staff from the United States Air Force at various USAF locations worldwide. Prakash is also a practicing enterprise architect with over 20 years of experience in EA including participating in one of the earliest EA implementations at USAF Air Mobility Command with EA Pioneers John Zachman and Dr. Steven Spewak in the mid 1990s. He has been active as an invited speaker, facilitator, trainer, consultant and architecture subject matter expert in several engagements over the last 20 years. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Sherpas LLC in Fairfax and is also the President of a HOA enterprise comprised of 557 single family homes.

As a co-founder of a venture funded start-up Prakash realizes at first hand, the applicability and usefulness of enterprise architecture techniques to the organizing, management, evolution and governance of startup as well as ongoing enterprises. As a practitioner for more than 15 years, he brings a real world experience to his teaching and training methods.
He also the co-author of the Official Client-Server Guide to Data Warehousing 1995 (QUE Imprint of Macmillan) with Harjinder S. Gill, FEAC Guide to Enterprise Architecture Certification (McGraw Hill) with Ann Reedy and Beryl Bellman in 2011 and the All-In-One Certified Enterprise Architect Exam Guide (McGraw Hill) also with Ann Reedy and Beryl Bellman in 2018.

Ann Reedy

Dr. Ann Reedy has a PhD in Computer Science with more than 40 years of experience in academia, Federal research and contracting communities. She taught computer science at both the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. After working with analyst support systems and software development environments in the Federal contracting community, she focused on Enterprise Architecture. While working for the MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, she was one of the principal developers and editors of the C4ISR Architecture Framework and worked on its evolution into the DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF).

She has adapted the DoDAF for various federal organizations and agencies and supported a wide variety of DoDAF based enterprise architecture startups as well as helping agencies develop enterprise architecture governance processes. These agencies included Treasury, Customs, IRS, and FAA, as well as DoD projects. While at MITRE, her research topics include the integration of security concerns and the use of pattern based approaches in enterprise architecture.

She taught enterprise architecture to groups supporting the U.S. Federal government through the MITRE Institute and through the Federated Enterprise Architecture Certification (FEAC) Institute for over 10 years, as well as co-authoring a textbook for the FEAC.

Now retired from MITRE, she continues to pursue research into new enterprise architecture concepts and approaches. She also the co-author of the FEAC Guide to Enterprise Architecture Certification (McGraw Hill) with Prakash Rao and Beryl Bellman in 2011 and the All-In-One Certified Enterprise Architect Exam Guide (McGraw Hill) in 2018.

Beryl Bellman

Dr. Bellman is Professor Emeritus at California State University at Los Angeles and was co-founder and Academic Director of the FEAC™ Institute and is also a frequent TOGAF trainer. He has been involved in teaching, research; publishing, consulting and project management in the fields of Enterprise Architecture, Knowledge Management, and Organizational Communications/Behavior for over forty five years, and has an excellent reputation in both academe and professional consulting. He held faculty and research positions at the University of California at San Diego, SUNY Stonybrook, CUNY Graduate Center and California Institute of the Arts, and was Research Director of the Western Behavioral Sciences Institute prior to his current university position. He holds enterprise architecture certifications in FEAF, DoDAF, Zachman, TOGAF 8 and TOGAF 9.

In addition to academic positions he has over thirty years concurrent consulting experience in both government and the private sectors, and has been a Principal Consultant and Project Manager with three major Enterprise Architecture consulting and tool vendor companies. He has consulted in Enterprise Architecture related programs in the public sector for the DoD, Departments of Agriculture, Forest Service, Energy, Justice/INS and the Whitehouse for the Executive Office of the President as well as was a contract consultant for NCR, AT&T, ASK, RAND and Digital Equipment Corporation – working for their internal and external customers. This included doing EA in the aerospace, financial, banking, pharmaceutical, entertainment and manufacturing sectors. He has published several books and numerous articles, and is a frequent presenter at national and international professional and academic conferences. He is also the co-author of the FEAC Guide to Enterprise Architecture Certification (McGraw Hill) with Prakash Rao and Ann Reedy in 2011 and the All-In-One Certified Enterprise Architect Exam Guide (McGraw Hill) in 2018.

Applying Machine Learning to Amass the Body of Scientific Knowledge on Laws and Lawmaking

The accumulation and organization of scientific knowledge of laws and lawmaking and the subsequent application of that knowledge to the creation and evaluation of laws will allow law designers to craft more effective laws.

Since the body of knowledge of laws and lawmaking is scant and a single scientific repository has yet to be discovered by the Science of Laws Institute, significant research, evaluation, collection and classification of any existing published information is required.

Given that the universe of scientific articles is scattered across numerous public and private databases, the task of collection and classification is enormous.

The Science of Laws Institute is attempting to automate the database canvassing, article validation of scientific relevancy and subject-matter classification using machine learning tools and techniques.

This approach requires teaching the machine learning algorithms to learn the definition of “what-good-looks-like.”

Our challenge is to accumulate enough “good” examples to train the algorithm and, if successful, expand the model to evaluate broader repositories of data.
This is a work-in-progress effort with the results of the machine-learning application to be determined.

Speaker: Mr. Gary Saner (Primero Systems)

Gary Saner

Gary founded Primero Systems in 1994 with the belief that software’s limitless capabilities can be used to help businesses realize their goals – and that every company’s potential can be improved through the power of software. Under his leadership, Primero has become a trusted software development company with a loyal and varied customer base – from national retail chains to Fortune 1000 companies. Gary has been managing and developing complex systems for more than 30 years; he regularly draws upon that experience to guide Primero forward and ensure the successful completion of mission-critical software projects. As CEO, Gary shapes Primero’s unique culture and drives home the customer-centric mantra of only when a client succeeds does Primero succeed. Integrity, relationships, competence, dedication and quality are all principles that drive Gary and influence Primero’s way of doing business.

Prior to founding Primero, Gary spent 11 years with the U.S. Navy’s submarine force, which was instrumental in shaping his leadership vision. It was there that he saw first-hand the value of teamwork, camaraderie, mutual respect and accountability – attributes Gary carries with him to this day. After his service in the Navy, Gary further honed his craft at Litton Industries (now part of Northrop Grumman), where he successfully developed and implemented numerous complex software solutions for multi-billion dollar companies. Gary is a Certified Scrum Master and a strong advocate of Agile Software development methodologies.

Quality Standards for Law Engineering

Laws of government (statutes, regulations, ordinances…) are the useful problem-solving means, or tools, by which the ends of government are attained. Since laws have a direct impact on human rights, living standards, and quality of life, it is critically important that they are competently designed and maintained to solve societal problems in a just and efficacious manner. However, there are currently no quality standards for the design and evaluation of laws, and the public is placed at risk from poorly designed laws. This paper discusses quality standards for laws. Quality standards, such as globally-recognized ISO 9000 standards, have proven to improve the effectiveness, cost-efficiency, and safety of useful products and procedures. The application of similar quality standards to laws holds the promise of improving the performance of laws (hence governments) for the benefit of the public, and will accelerate the development of the science and engineering disciplines of laws.

Speaker: David G. Schrunk, MD

David Schrunk

David G. Schrunk, MD is an aerospace engineer and medical doctor. He is the founder and president of The Science of Laws Institute of Poway, California, and is the author of the book, THE END OF CHAOS: Quality Laws and the Ascendancy of Democracy.

Science of Laws for Humanity’s Futures on Earth and in Space

Humanity’s improvement and survival will require the involvement of global leadership and of all the hard and soft sciences, the arts, and the spiritual disciplines in new ways unprecedented for humanity’s history on Earth. Failure to do so will result in too high a risk for irreversible human tragedies. This paper and corresponding presentation will restrict the scope of this challenge to recommendations for ways that the Science of Laws Institute and the Kepler Space Institute can share research and projects focusing on the potentials for solutions to be triggered from Space developments.

Speaker: Bob Krone (PhD)

Bob Krone

Dr. Bob Krone is a global educator, author, and consultant in Advanced Management theory and practice. He is President of the Kepler Space Institute (www.keplerspaceinstitute.com); An Emeritus Professor of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, U.S.A. (1975-1993);was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Business at La Sierra University in Riverside, California, U.S.A.(1992-2007); and an Adjunct Professor for Doctoral Programs in the International Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia (1995-present). He authored or co-authored twelve books and 90 professional journal articles. He was the Founder and been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Philosophy since 2012.

Bob graduated from the Naval War College Command and Staff College in 1962. He is a Fellow Member of the American Society for Quality(www.ASQ711.org) with an academic specialty in the Quality Sciences; Board Member of the National Board of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society (www.dfcsociety.org); Past Member Board of Directors of the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, San Diego, California (www.veteranmuseum.org) and Emeritus Member Board of Directors of Idyllwild Arts (www.idyllwildarts.org).

Bob stayed in touch with Aerospace after his 1952-1975 career retirement from the United States Air Force, where he flew fighter jets and was decorated with the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star and eleven Air Medals for combat flying in Vietnam, by being a member of the NASA sponsored Aerospace Technology Working Group (ATWG), the Space Development Committee and Kepler Space University. His important space publication was editing BEYOND EARTH: THE FUTURE OF HUMANS IN SPACE (Apogee Space Press, 2006), Amazon.com). That book was on the Universe Today list of “Best Space Books in 2006” and was influential as a foundation document for the founding of the Kepler Space University.

Can We Create a Sustainable Government Using the INCOSE SE Measurement Primer?

A recent news article by Business Insider shares some troubling facts: The US national debt is rising 36% faster than the economy and the current amount of that debt exceeds $21 trillion. How might the government reconcile such differences in societal needs and available budget? The authors posit that they can be reconciled through the tailoring and adoption of the concepts detailed in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Measurement Primer.

Inspired by the work presented during the previous 4 years at the annual Science of Laws conference held in conjunction with the San Diego Chapter of INCOSE’s annual mini-conference, the authors searched for existing systems engineering tools and techniques that could be applied to create sustainable framework for the laws of government. The INCOSE Systems Engineering Measurement Primer appeared to be a promising asset. As described within that document, measures offer the insight needed for planning, controlling, managing, and improving many aspects of projects and products including: adequacy of performance, resources and cost, growth and stability, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction.

During this presentation, the author will begin by identifying and characterizing the problem space. Next, he will compare the purpose of systems engineering measurement (as defined in the INCOSE primer) to the challenges identified within the problem space. Then, the author will walk through the concepts of the INCOSE primer and provide feedback on how those concepts might be applied to the creation and management of governmental laws. The author will conclude with his recommendations for future research and actions.

Speaker: John Wood, PhD (Science of Laws Institute)

Working Session – Establishing an INCOSE Working Group Dedicated to the Science and Engineering of Governmental Laws

This working session will be focused on creating a charter for the proposed INCOSE Working Group dedicated to the Science and Engineering of Governmental Laws. Key topics include, Working Group purpose, goals, scope, outcomes, approach, and measures of success.

Speakers: John Wood, PhD and David Schrunk, MD (Science of Laws Institute)

Please contact us with any questions at info@sdincose.org.

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Posted by Greg Bulla on November 15, 2018


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