Thinking Out of the Box: A Systems Engineering Imperative

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  • Course:Thinking Out of the Box: A Systems Engineering Imperative
  • Course ID:OUTOFBOX Duration:2 days Where: Your Office (7+ Persons)
  • Available as a private, customized course for your group at your offices or ours and in some cases as a WebLive(TM) class.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Conventional Wisdom
    • What’s Inside and What’s Outside
    • Possible Benefits
  • Overview of Systems Engineering Elements
    • Customer-defined
    • Developer-defined
    • Complex Systems
  • Problems
    • Systems
    • People
    • Software
    • Management
  • Overview: Thinking Outside the Box
    • The Inventive Mind
    • Management Thinking
    • Technical Thinking
  • Broaden and Generalize
    • Architecting
    • Functional Decomposition
    • Systems of Systems
  • Crossover
    • The Concept
    • Software Applications
    • Building/Managing New Systems
  • Conventional Wisdom
    • Large Complex Government Systems
    • Technology
    • Business Paradigms
    • Challengeable Wisdom
  • Back of the Envelope
    • Business Example
    • Compact Models
    • Great Ideas
    • Constructing the Steps
  • Expanding the Dimensions
    • Flatland
    • Multifunctionality
    • The Grand Unified Theory
  • Obversity
    • 36 Ways to Fail
    • The Top Dozen
  • Remove Constraints
    • Typical Constraints
    • Faster, Cheaper, Better
  • Thinking with Pictures
    • Visual Thinking
    • Diagramming
  • The Systems Approach
    • Seven Elements
    • Alternatives
  • Group Processes
    • Signs/Examples of Failure
    • New Solutions
  • Other Ways of Thinking
    • Modern
    • The Old Masters
  • A “Test”
  • Wrap-Up
    • Hurdles to Overcome
    • Course Recap
    • Discussion


Course Overview

Course in a Nutshell

In today’s often complex world of systems engineering, there is a fair amount of conventional wisdom that needs to be challenged and modified. This is necessary so that we can improve the ways in which we carry out systems engineering and get past the obstacles that result from increased size, complexity, advanced technology as well as constrained budgets and timetables. This course will help you leverage powerful new strategies for thinking and problem-solving.

In this course, you will learn nine techniques for “thinking outside the box”. For each technique, we will look at specific examples related to building and managing new systems. We will explore in detail how these ways of thinking can be used to solve difficult problems. We will also look at some other ways of thinking and examine group processes, both good and not-so-good. Exchange of personal ideas and experiences will be encouraged throughout the course. The course will conclude with a self- assessment that you can use to gauge your own proclivity for out of the box thinking. All in all, the course will help you learn new ways of thinking that you can put to immediate use to improve the engineering and management of today’s complex systems.


Customize It!

We can tailor the course to your particular requirements, usually at little to no added cost. The course can also be taught at a higher/lower level or expanded/shortened to match the participant needs and backgrounds.


Audience / Prerequisites

Aimed At

Working systems engineers who wish to “overcome” the conventional wisdom that gets in the way of building good systems and solving difficult problems. While there are no formal prerequisites, this course assumes a couple of years of prior experience in designing and building systems, large or small. It would also be helpful if you have taken our introductory systems engineering course (listed below).