Systems Engineering: An Implementation Journey White Paper

Systems Engineering: An Implementation Journey White Paper

Dassault Systemes and SMS_Thinktank partnered up on a White Paper to provide a baseline when evaluating Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE): “Simplifying Model-Based Systems Engineering, An Implementation Journey“. 

The paper outlines what key strategies and considerations an organization should be aware of before embarking on an MBSE implementation.  Many characterize MBSE as a “system of systems thinking” due to the merging of engineering disciplines of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering.  It follows a model approach vs. a document-based approach.  An organization must take a step back and see the intersection and interaction of all the engineering dynamics when it comes to product development.

This paper suggests taking a look at three categories: 

  • Organization
  • Process
  • Technology

It is important to take a look at your engineering organization in an “as is” state to get an accurate baseline.  Analyze where there are misalignments and mismatches, fragmented processes and technology gaps.  It can be helpful to work with an external organization to help get an accurate, unbiased picture.

An excerpt from the paper notes:

MBSE moves an organization toward using a shared system model.With considerable planning, the perceived  journey may not be as traumatic as anticipated, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. The successful implementation of MBSE includes transformations in three key areas: organization, process and technology.

Organizational transformations start with gaining commitments from all levels of management and practitioners fused with the drive for success is critical to begin this evolution. Do not perceive this as a cultural change but as cultural growth. Collaboration is the lifeblood of implementation.

Process transformation starts with examining the area(s) to transform. Like fingerprints, no two MBSE implementations will be identical. The establishment and maintenance of a solid data and process management environment is crucial.

Executive sponsorship, corporate education and an outside point of view when needed all contribute to successful MBSE implementations. Governance involving executives, management and practitioners also accelerate and sustain progress. Establish milestones and reward accomplishments. Prioritize tasks and leverage high ROI short-term achievements, while ensuring proper linkage to the medium- and long-term goals.