February 2012 – Powerful New Ways to Apply the n-Squared Diagram on Commercial SE Projects

Please join us for our monthly meeting on February 16th.  This month our speaker will be Randall C. Iliff.  WebEx will be provided for this meeting.

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2012
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:  Powerful New Ways to Apply the n-Squared Diagram on Commercial SE Projects

The n-Squared diagram holds a special place within the formidable array of SE tools.  It is superbly suited to interface control tasks, and when SE practitioners encounter the n-Squared diagram it is usually in this context.  Most don’t realize how universal the logic engine within the tool actually is.  For a variety of reasons general knowledge and use within the SE community seems to be declining.  We’ll begin, therefore with a very quick overview of the n-Squared logic and typical applications.

The main intent of this webinar, though, is to share the unique ways we’ve been applying the n-squared diagram (and a proprietary derivative we’ve developed called the Zen2 Matrix) on commercial projects.  Some uses are logical extensions of SE methods, but others are believed to be unprecedented within the SE community.

Opportunity identification, product and technology road-mapping, market segmentation, distribution planning, co-development strategy, and even FMEA all benefit strongly from use of the n-Squared diagram and its derivatives.  Perhaps the greatest benefit in the Commercial Sector is simply the ability to uncover the true complexity of the development task and therefore make more realistic budget and schedule decisions.

Whether you work in traditional SE settings or the brave new world of Commercial SE, we think you’ll finish the hour with a profound new respect for the n-Squared diagram and the role it can play in your success.

Speaker Biography:  Randall C. Iliff

Mr. Iliff has over 30 years experience with developmental projects ranging from a few thousand to over a billion dollars, and has participated in all phases of project execution from proposal to close out.  He is a seasoned large-project PM, and has managed a wide variety of developmental efforts in aerospace and purely commercial settings.  That experience, as well as individual research, has resulted in unique insight on how to effectively run commercial sector developmental projects.  Mr. Iliff is currentlyVice President of InSight services at Bjorksten | bit7, providing clients with carefully tailored consulting, analysis, and training services.

He holds a BS in Engineering / Industrial Design from Michigan State University, an MS in Systems Management, Research and Development from the University of Southern California, and received Honorary Fellow appointment at the University of Wisconsin when he served as the Systems Engineering Manager for the ICECUBE project. Mr. Iliff is a charter member of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE), founder / prior Chairman of the INCOSE Commercial Practices Working Group, and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).


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