February 26, 2020

Systems Engineering Articles

Agile success: Don’t settle for metrics that tell half the story – Michael Hermus, October 17, 2017

Measuring agile development results? Prioritize the impact on business outcomes, says DHS CTO Michael Hermus.

You Don’t Speak DoDAF? – Jason Miller, Federal News Network, Sept 27, 2022

Among the first words out of Don Yeske’s mouth last Friday was “I hate architects.” The Navy feels your pain with its new plain language design concept.

Technology Reboot Would Beam Space-Based Solar Power to Earth – Pat Davis Szymczak, JPT, July 2022

NASA, the European Space Agency, and the British government are reconsidering an old idea to beam space-based solar energy to Earth in light of new technologies that might lead to commercial feasibility.

The idea of pumping water from Mississippi to the West – John Homer, Yahoo News, July 2022

A look at the idea of solving the shortage of water in the Southwest by bringing water from the Mississippi River.

Will electric vehicles really create a cleaner planet? – www.thomsonreuters.com

Exploring what it might take to get to 100% electric vehicle adoption, and the ripple effects the revolution will bring across industries and governments.

Water’s effect on GPS signals – Clara Chew, Physics Today, Feb 2022

A Colorado research group began investigating whether the ground-reflected signals could be used to infer the moisture content of the soil. Their goal was to effectively repurpose the GPS antennas into soil moisture sensors, which could help monitor droughts and validate data from satellites that are designed to retrieve soil-moisture data.

A Method for Assessing Cloud Adoption Risks – Christopher Alberts, Software Engineering Institute (SEI), May 2022

This blog post presents a prototype set of cloud adoption risk factors and describes a method that managers can employ to assess their cloud initiatives against these risk factors.

When Google set out to find what makes the ‘perfect’ team – Gary Burnison, CNBC, Feb 2019

Teams don’t just happen by bringing people together in the same room or connecting them via Skype. What Google found when they embarked on a quest to discover how to build the “perfect team.”

From Model-Based Systems and Software Engineering to ModDevOps – Jerome Hugues and Joe Yankel, Nov 2021

We introduce ModDevOps as an extension of DevSecOps that embraces MBSE technology. By making the integration between DevSecOps and MBSE explicit, ModDevOps enables developers to benefit from both the speed of DevSecOps and the risk reduction of MBSE.

Digital Transformation Is a Cultural Problem, Not a Technological One – Brandon Leshchinskiy and Andrew Bowne, May 2022

Digital transformation presents an adaptive challenge for the Department of Defense. To make progress on the challenge of digital transformation — and to maintain technological superiority — the Department of Defense should reexamine and reshape its deeply held values, habits, beliefs, and norms.

A Model-Based Tool to Assist in the Design of Safety-Critical Systems – Sam Procter, March 2022

The design of critical systems—those used in aircraft, medical devices, etc.—is becoming increasingly challenging as they increase in sophistication and complexity. A recent research project at the SEI aims to improve the way these systems are designed by allowing engineers to evaluate more design options in less time than they do now.

Machine Learning a Systems Engineering Perspective – Daniel Patzer, Towards Data Science, Jan 2021

An holistic approach to a machine learning using elementary Systems Engineering principles. Enabling you to understand and manage the fundamental building block in most machine learning systems. You will learn how to get form data to predictions.

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Explained – Moira Alexander, www.cio.com, Feb 2021

If your organization is seeking efficient project delivery, decreased time-to-market, and increased stakeholder value, then the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) may be right for you.

Can Systems Engineering be Agile? – Bruce Douglass, PhD, MITRE, April 2021

What do we even mean by the term agile in this context? What are the key practices that can make systems engineering agile? What is the relation between agility and model-based systems engineering (MBSE)? What benefits can be gained through the use of agile practices for systems engineering?

Don’t get locked up into avoiding lock-in – Gregor Hohpe, Sept 2019

A significant share of architectural energy is spent on reducing or avoiding lock-in. That’s a rather noble objective: architecture is meant to give us options and lock-in does the opposite. However, lock-in isn’t a simple true-or-false matter: avoiding being locked into one aspect often locks you into another.

Do the costs of the cloud outweigh the benefits? – Ishwar Kimmins, California News Times, July 2021

Continuing to write a blank check to a cloud provider is unsustainable. The more companies that adopt cloud computing, the more carefully they need to manage their costs. The biggest users, such as Apple, are negotiating big discounts. The smaller ones lack influence. To keep costs down, you may need to run basic storage in-house, distribute computing across multiple clouds, diversify into a “multi-cloud”, and have engineers take charge of cloud spending.

How a cheap Swedish submarine ‘ran rings’ around a US aircraft carrier and its sub-hunting escorts – Sebastian Roblin, 19fortyfive, July 2021

Diesel submarines in the past were limited by the need to operate noisy, air-consuming engines that meant they could remain underwater for only a few days. However, the 200-foot-long Swedish Gotland-class submarines, introduced in 1996, were the first to employ an Air Independent Propulsion system — in this case, the Stirling engine. A Stirling engine charges the submarine’s 75-kilowatt battery using liquid oxygen.

Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries the Solution to Nuclear Waste? – Aug 2021

These batteries are made from nuclear waste and could last thousands of years.

Metallic Glass Gears Up for ‘Cobots,’ Coatings, and More – July 2021

Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals.

Wanted: Millions of cybersecurity pros. Salary: Whatever you want – May 2021

Experts have been tracking the cybersecurity labor shortage for at least a decade — and now, a new surge in companies looking to hire following recent attacks could exacerbate the problem. The stakes are only growing, as technology evolves and bad actors become more advanced.

Fusion: Ten Times More Expensive Than Nuclear Power – May 2021

Is there no hope for attractive fusion power? The answer is yes, because there are a number of other fusion fuel cycles that could be economically and environmentally attractive. We will not know if one of these fuel cycles could prove viable unless we try.

“Nuclear Batteries” Offer a New Approach to Carbon-Free Energy – David Chandler, MIT, June 2021

Jacopo Buongiorno and others say factory-built microreactors trucked to usage sites could be a safe, efficient option for decarbonizing electricity systems.

Systems Engineering Approaches to Address Cybersecurity Challenges of the Electric Grid – Kay Stefferud, Enernex

Like many systems of systems, the electric grid is facing challenges as devices and applications originally intended to be either standalone or locally networked are now being connected to the Internet.

What Is Containerization? – Tatum Hunter, Dec 2020

This cloud-native innovation is taking tech by storm.

What is a Zero Trust Architecture? – www.infradata.com

An architecture based on the principle that nothing can be trusted.

The Future of DevOps: 21 Predictions for 2021 – Robert L. Mitchell, TechBeacon

So what comes next as DevOps evolves?

Systems Engineering in the Hospital – Richard Quinn, TheHospitalist.org, May 2017

Systems-engineering expert James Benneyan, PhD, doesn’t want hospitalists to look at poorly working processes in their institutions and think, “I should try to tweak this process to improve it.”

3 Ways Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Will Help You – Michelle Boucher, Aug 2016

MBSE can help in three ways: address complexity, encourage reuse, and manage product lines.

How Systems Engineering Can Help Fix Health Care – Peter Pronovost, Alan Ravitz and Conrad Grant, Feb 2017

The way we build hospitals and clinics typically happens in a piecemeal, patchwork approach. We need a new approach.

Why it is a great time to be a Systems Engineer (and how to become one) – formalmind

The demand for Systems Engineers is going up steadily. And there are now systematic career paths for becoming a Systems Engineer.

There’s No Such Thing as DevSecOps – Offir Zigelman, June 2018

While DevOps workflows are heavily automated, security checks for application and infrastructure code are often manual.

IT Revolution: Industrial DevOps White Paper – Sept 2018

This paper provides an extended definition for DevOps as it applies to large, complex cyber-physical systems, and offer some recommendations on how to effectively leverage continuous delivery and DevOps these systems.

Creating Flow & Value in Product Development (7 minute Video) – John Cutler, 21 Feb 2020

Demonstrates how easily an engineer’s week, in a waterfall environment, can quickly turn into just 15% of valuable work!

SAFe at Travelport: The Power of Program Increment (PI) Planning (2 1/2 minute video) – scaledagileframework.com

This SAFe shop discusses how they successfully delivered a critical need to the business by removing items off their PI backlog. Transparency & WIP reduction lead to predictability and happy clients and PR.

Leadership on Submarine (~9 minute video)

How does one make the transition from a command and control leader to a lean/agile leader- and what benefits can you expect? Ask this submarine captain.

SERC TALKS: “Can DevOps Practices Be Applied to Cyber-Physical Systems Development?”

Dr. Steve Mayner, SAFe Fellow and Principal Consultant at Scaled Agile, shares a brief overview of the top ten DevOps practices that can be adapted to produce faster time-to-delivery and higher quality with cyber-physical systems.

Top 3 Challenges to Produce Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles

Will we eventually be able to buy fully autonomous vehicles (Level 5 autonomy)?

Making a Road Map to Success

Product development programs all start with great optimism regarding their potential to provide an excellent product to customers, along with excellent profits to the company. But research shows that a majority of product developments end in failure. The reasons for each failure are unique, but the overarching reason often can be described as the lack of systems engineering.

Preparing for the Transition to DevOps Engineering

But what really is DevOps? What skills are necessary to be a successful DevOps, site reliability, infrastructure or data platform engineer?

Systems Engineering Approach to Industrial Cybersecurity

Asset identification and management, patch management, threat assessment, and so on are all parts of a broader response that must address all phases of the life cycle.

How to Fail at MBSE

Things NOT to do when adopting MBSE.

Everything You Need to Know About Cloud Computing

What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know about the cloud, explained.

Model-Based Systems Engineering for Autonomous Vehicle Development

Autonomous vehicles will require a radical transformation of the tools and processes for overall vehicle development. The industry can address the challenges with an integrated vehicle architecture complemented by a model-based systems engineering approach.