Object Management Group


Systems Engineering (SE) is a vast discipline that includes many sub-disciplines. The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) defines Systems Engineering as:“<..> an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the complete problem: 


 In this initial article, I provide an overview of my ‘version’ of SSOA. I summarize a couple of perspectives and then highlight the technical underpinnings.  I close by summarizing and supplying a projected roadmap for this column.  As a point of order, my background is with the U.S. Navy; therefore, my perspective tends toward military/government settings. However, as I will indicate in a subsequent article, at their core all organizations strive to be the best at the same process: decision making.