Systems Engineering Principles – Processes of International Standard for Systems Engineering

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$2095 per person


This three-day course provides students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the fundamentals of Systems Engineering. Specifically this course offers an in-depth study of the systems engineering processes outlined in the International Standard for Systems and Software Engineering (ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 2015), the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Handbook. This course will contextualize the various Organizational, Project and Technical processes that are necessary to realize a “System-of-Interest” including design considerations.

In the end, the student will have good understanding and appreciation on how the Systems Engineering Technical Processes operate within the envelope of the Project as dictated by Contracts as set forth by an Organization. With the aid of a comprehensive Process Flow diagram the instructor will walk the students from the Portfolio Management Process to Specialty Engineering Activities to the Disposal Process in a logical and sequential manner, while covering all 31 processes within the INCOSE SE Handbook.

The class includes team exercises so the student will be able to try out the concepts learned Great class for a company who wants their Program Managers, Quality Personal, Configuration Managers, Developers, Testers and others to get an appreciation in what the job of Systems Engineering entails.

Course Materials: A comprehensive set of notes and a copy of the comprehensive Process Flow diagram, Exercise Sheets, and the INCOSE SE Handbook will be provided to all attendees.

What you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of Systems Engineering, including the understanding of systems engineering management and systems engineering processes, from the INCOSE perspective.
  • To apply the INCOSE SE Handbook to a project

Course Outline:

  1. The Context of Systems Engineering – From Organization to Project level. The need for Systems Engineering from an organizational point of view. These processes help ensure the organization’s capability to realize a system through the initiation, support and control of projects by providing resources and infrastructure.
    • Introduction to Systems Engineering. Identify what a system is and how systems engineering is used to create them. INCOSE SE Handbook and SE Standard – ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015; concept of the System Life Cycle Model. Processes covered: 7.1 Life Cycle Model Management and 8.0 Tailoring
    • Organizational Processes – Project-Enabling and Agreements. Identify the processes an Organization needs to use in order to create and resource a project. Processes covered: 7.3 Portfolio Management; 7.5 Quality Management; 7.6 Knowledge Management; 7.2 Infrastructure Management; 7.4 Human Resource Management; 6.1 Acquisition; 6.2 Supply
  2. Project Management – from a Systems Engineering point of view. It’s important to understand the contribution of Systems Engineering to the management of the project.
    • Project Planning – Controlling Processes. Identify the processes a Project needs to use in order to plan and control technical processes. Processes covered: 5.1 Project Planning; 5.2 Project Assessment and Control; 5.7 Measurement; 5.3 Decision Management; Trade Studies; 5.4 Risk Management;
    • Technical Management – Enabling Processes. Identify the processes a Project needs to use in order to enable technical processes. Processes covered: 5.5 Configuration Management; 5.6 Information Management; 5.8 Quality Assurance; 4.6 System Analysis.
  3. Requirements: From Stakeholder to System. Analyze mission needs and then transform this stakeholder, user-oriented view of desired capabilities into a technical view of a solution that meets the operational needs of the user.
    • Mission and Stakeholder Requirements. Analyze mission needs and document stakeholder, user-oriented view of desired capabilities. Processes covered: 4.1 Business or Mission Analysis; 4.2 Stakeholder Needs and Requirements Definition; Life Cycle Concepts; Characteristics of Good Requirements.
    • System and Interface Requirements. Transform stakeholder desired capabilities into a technical view of a solution that meets the operational needs of the user. Processes covered: 9.3 Functions-Based Systems Engineering Method; 4.3 System Requirements Definition; 4.4 Architecture Definition; 9.6 Interface Management; 4.5 Design Definition.
  4. Design Considerations. While considering the system design, the Systems Engineer needs to address specialized engineering areas, and consult Subject Matter Experts and assign them, as appropriate, to conduct specialty engineering analysis.
    • Specialty Engineering Activities Part 1. Design impact from Cost, Electromagnetic, Environmental, Interoperability and Logistics concerns. HDBK Sections covered: 10.1 Affordability/Cost-Effectiveness/Life Cycle Cost Analysis; 10.2 Electromagnetic Compatibility;
    • 10.3 Environmental Engineering Impact Analysis; 10.4 Interoperability Analysis; 10.5 Logistics Engineering;
    • Specialty Engineering Activities Part 2. Design impact from Manufacturing, Mass, RAM, Resilience, Safety, Security, Training and HSI concerns. HDBK Sections covered: 10.6 Manufacturing and Producibility Analysis; 10.7 Mass Properties Engineering; 10.8 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability; 10.9 Resilience Engineering; 10.10 System Safety Engineering; 10.11 System Security Engineering; 10.12 Training Needs Analyses; 10.13 Usability Analysis/Human Systems Integration
  5. Technical Processes – From Element Design to Disposal. Designing and then realizing the specified system elements that make up the solution, then integrating them together, and ensuring the completed system fulfills its specified requirements characteristics and mission. Deploy and sustain the system within its operational environment. When use is no longer required, dispose the system properly.
    • Implementation to Verification. Understand the processes for realizing the specified system elements that make up the solution, then integrating them together, and ensuring the completed system was built right. Processes covered: 4.7 Implementation; 4.8 Integration; 4.9 Verification.
    • Transition to Disposal. Understand the processes for ensuring the right system was built to fulfill its mission, that the system is deployed, operated and sustained within its operational environment, and eventually disposed of properly. Processes covered: 4.1 Transition; 4.11 Validation; 4.12 Operation; 4.13 Maintenance; 4.14 Disposal


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  • Paul Martin, ESEP, CTT+, is the Founder and President of a company that developed a primer on-line Systems Engineering training site dedicated to helping Systems Engineers get their INCOSE SEP certification. Mr. Martin is a practicing Systems Engineer with over 30 years of experience specializing in Systems Development and Procurement in the Defense Acquisition community. For the past 10 years he’s been an Adjunct Professor at UMBC and an instructor for a local training center, focusing exclusively on Systems Engineering classes and courses.

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