December 2011 – Systems Engineering Leading Indicators: Insight into Effective Systems

Please join us for our monthly meeting on December 15th.  This month our speaker will be Garry Roedler, ESEP, WebEx will be provided for this meeting.

Date: Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Networking and Dinner: 5:30PM – 5:50PM
Short Chapter Meeting: 5:50PM – 6:00PM
Featured Speaker & Topic: 6:00PM – 6:45PM
Speaker Q&A: 6:45PM – 7:00PM
Location: Richardson, Greenville, Hurst, Grand Prairie, Waco, Fort Worth, & WebEx

Lecture Topic:  Systems Engineering Leading Indicators: Insight into Effective Systems

More and more projects and organizations are looking for measures of effectiveness to demonstrate that their projects are progressing technically, as required.  These measures generally need to go beyond the common measures of schedule and cost, to include measures that provide indications of the effectiveness of systems engineering in meeting contractual requirements. To address this need an industry collaborative team developed the Systems Engineering Leading Indicators Guide.  A leading indicator is a measure for evaluating the effectiveness of a how a specific activity is applied on a project to provide information about impacts that are likely to affect system performance objectives.  Leading indicators support the effective management of systems engineering by providing visibility into expected project performance and potential future states, aiding leadership in delivering value to customers and end users, while assisting in taking interventions and actions to avoid rework and wasted effort. Conventional measures provide status and historical information, while leading indicators use an approach that draws on trend information to allow for predictive analysis (forward looking).  Trends are analyzed for insight into both the entity being measured and potential impacts to other entities.  This provides leaders with the data they need to make informed decisions and where necessary, take preventative or corrective action during the program in a proactive manner. The presentation will examine the background and motivations for developing the indicators, the guiding principles, and implementation guidance in the guide.  It will review the set of indicators that has been developed by this collaborative industry team (including International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and many others). It will examine the validation and usage of the indicators, and describe recent efforts that further developed and improved the set of indicators.

Speaker Biography:  Garry Roedler,ESEP

Garry’s Systems Engineering career at LM spans the full system life cycle and includes technical leadership roles in both programs and systems engineering business functions. As a LM Fellow and the corporate Engineering Outreach Program Manager, Garry is responsible for executing an external outreach strategy for LM leadership, influence, and leverage of technical industry associations.  Garry holds degrees in mathematics education and mechanical engineering from Temple University and the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification from INCOSE. Garry has numerous publications and presentations, and is the recipient of many awards, including the INCOSE Founders Award, Best SE Journal Article, and IEEE Golden Core.  His leadership roles across many technical organizations include editor of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, Systems Life Cycle Processes and several other standards.

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