Whether “just” a large Systems Engineering project with multiple subsystems or a true Systems-of Systems scenario, working out the optimal system-level trade-offs will typically involve significant engineering effort in each of the subsystems, which each have their own significant trade-offs to work out while concurrently feeding the knowledge required for the system level trade-offs. This presentation will discuss how Set-Based practices can enable the higher level system to proceed concurrently with its subsystems, coordinating their efforts, and allowing their decision-making to converge together. The presentation will introduce three key enablers of that coordination: Decision-Based Scheduling, Integrating Events, and Causal Mapping. Applied together, those Set-Based practices enable a fundamental paradigm shift in how the front end of Systems Engineering is done, resulting in tremendous acceleration of the learning and coordinated decision-making, with the potential to cut project times in half.
Brian is an author of the book Success Is Assured and is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) who has spent more than 25 years designing complex software systems. He was Chief Architect of i2 Technologies’ Supply Chain Planner and Demand Fulfillment applications, applying Toyota lean manufacturing, Theory of Constraints, and advanced optimization to the planning and scheduling of the larger supply chain, helping to establish a new market space (Supply Chain Management) and generating billions of dollars of value for i2’s customers. Brian was named the first i2 Fellow and holds more than a dozen patents on the inventions that were the basis for those software systems. As co-founder and CTO of Targeted Convergence Corporation, Brian is responsible for the systems engineering of TCC’s Success Assured® software and the associated training, which are both designed for superior systems and mission engineering in the early conceptual stages of development.