September 26, 2018

Special Tutorial – Agile Systems Engineering

Thursday November 29, 2018 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday November 30, 2018 8:00 AM to 4:30 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, or contact the instructor Rick Dove directly at / 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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