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30/10/2019 -
30/10/2019

18:30-21:00
Bristol Local Group


BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
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Engineering Connected Systems


Description:

 The world of systems and projects is joining up at such a pace that there is now a danger of practice running ahead of established theory. This problem is already evident in the field of Systems of Systems (SoS), where definitions have become problematic, and the distinction between systems and SoS increasingly hard to sustain.

 This talk will illustrate the problem with reference to examples drawn from real-world systems, and put forward a new synthesis which places interdependence at the centre, rather than other more usual factors such as independence. What emerges is a more integrated treatment, in which product families, componentisation, supply chains and operationally connected systems form part of a broad continuum, sharing a number of common features, with differences caused by such factors as point of integration, scale and intentionality. There will be some discussion of architectural issues, enterprise collaboration and emerging life cycles. The talk will conclude with some speculation about the boundaries for traditional systems engineering and what might lie beyond.

 Peter Brook Biography

 Peter has worked for over 40 years in the world of large-scale distributed systems, mainly in defence and security. He was Director of Systems Engineering for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in the late 1990s before being seconded to MOD to establish and run the Integration Authority, responsible for ensuring joined-up operation in a networked environment. Since then he has consulted widely across Government. In 2015-16, he undertook a series of NATO lectures on Systems of Systems, alongside Dr Judith Dahmann and Prof Mike Henshaw, focusing on Architecture and Enterprise issues.

 He is also a long-standing member of INCOSE having served on the Board of Directors between 1996-2000. He has been visiting professor at the Defence Academy, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and an INCOSE Fellow.

 



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10/04/2019 -
10/04/2019


Bristol Local Group


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08/04/2019 -
08/04/2019

18:30-21:00
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Systems Dynamics


Living Business Models through Systems Dynamics; A core Systems Engineering Capability

Living Business Models (LBMs) exploiting the system dynamics method are quantified, time-based simulations of any enterprise, function, issue or project. They not only replicate changes over time to system-performance but also changes occurring to all elements of the system generating those results. Building on rock-solid theoretical principles, the process and tools required are not technically complex. Indeed, building LBMs is easier, faster and more reliable than attempting the same task with the spreadsheet tools most often employed for time-based business modelling. With INCOSE promoting adoption of model-based systems engineering (MBSE), LBMs offer an opportunity to extend system engineers’ influence and contribution in many aspects of enterprise management.

The event will include an interactive demonstration, connectivity permitting. So please bring a laptop or tablet, if you wish to take part. This talk was presented at the Annual System Engineering Conference in 2018.

Kim is an experienced strategy professional, teacher and publisher of online courses and teaching resources on business modelling – fast becoming a main-stream capability for executives, consultants and business students. He is the author of the prize-winning Competitive Strategy Dynamics (Wiley, 2002), a major strategy textbook Strategic Management Dynamics (Wiley, 2008), and summary e-book now widely used in MBA and executive teaching – Strategy Dynamics Essentials (Kindle, 2011). He is also co-founder of Strategy Dynamics Ltd, which publishes "serious games" and other dynamics-related learning material for management, and the user-friendly modelling application, Sysdea.

 



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25/03/2019 -
25/03/2019

18:30-21:00
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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RIVA: A Rigorous Approach to Business Process Management


A clear and rigorous description of an organisation’s business processes is a key prerequisite of many outputs in the Systems Engineering field and related disciplines. Bristol Local Group is delighted to welcome Martyn Ould to discuss the novel Riva method. Unlike many of the alternatives, Riva combines a rigorous notation with a practical analytical method, one that is currently being used in parts of the Defence and Research community to good effect.

 With concurrency and collaboration at its heart, Riva is grounded in organisational theory rather than driven by the constraints of software modelling tools. It uses business concepts to describe businesses, rather than distorting the world to fit inappropriate software concepts. That said, it has strong formal underpinnings that ensure rigour and transparency in the resulting descriptions, more so than many other approaches that come from software engineering.

 Martyn is the author of Business Process Management – a rigorous approach. During a varied career in Software Development, including teaching at Oxford University and University of West of England, Martyn became increasingly involved in Business Process Management, applying Riva in assignments with major organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and the Electricity Supply Board of Ireland, and with both national and local government. Now pretending to be retired, he was a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer.

The text of Martyn's book Business Process Management – a rigorous approach is available as a PDF on his website www.veniceconsulting.co.uk, along with other supporting materials

 

 

 



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11/03/2019 -
11/03/2019

18:30-21:00
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Collective Intelligence through Structured Dialogue


 

Systems Engineers often need to engage with stakeholders and address complex or wicked problems.  Structured Dialogic Design is a methodology that evolved from the field of Interactive Management in the US starting in the 1980s. In its various forms (and under different names) it has been widely applied across the globe in enabling groups to tackle wicked problems and complex challenges, but is not well known in the UK. The Bristol team were therefore delighted when Peter Miles accepted our invitation to talk with us about Structured Dialogue and his experience of applying it in the UK, with clients including the MoD, Rolls Royce and NHS. This presentation will outline the methodology, its provenance, and the current state of practice.

 

 

 

Peter Miles is based in Manchester and is an associate of Demosophia LLC in the US. He is also Vice-chair of Stockport & District Mind, an RSA Fellow, and until recently a non-executive director of SCiO, a community of systems thinking practitioners. Peter has worked in process consulting since 2004, when he set up a business to bring the collaborative processes developed by John Warfield and Aleco Christakis to clients in the UK. Prior to that he was CEO of a division of Teradyne Inc., a business he helped to develop from a start-up. Peter has BSc. and MSc. degrees in Electronics and is a Chartered Engineer.

 



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11/02/2019 -
11/02/2019

18:30-21:00
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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The Single European Sky - Challenges to Traditional SE Approaches


 

Bristol Local Group welcomes John Lomax, from Airbus, to kick off the first workshop in 2019. Enterprises are highly complex systems of people and technologies that are entities in their own right, which are prone to gross structural inefficiencies and failures to the extent of causing great societal harm and economic loss. Using the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Programme as an example, John invites the Bristol Local Group to discuss and identify Systems Engineering approaches that work and areas where improvement and innovation is needed. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and open discussion session.

 

This talk was first given to North West Group on 4th December 2018.

 

John is a Programme Systems Engineer with over 30 years of experience gained mainly across the Aerospace, Defence, and Air-traffic Management Domains, and currently works for Communications, Intelligence & Security (CIS), AIRBUS, and previously at the SESAR Joint Undertaking. He has recently returned from a 7-year expatriation providing direct Customer Liaison to the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) European Commission Agency of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Modernization Programme located in Brussels Belgium. He is an INCOSE CSEP and INCOSE CAR.



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01/01/2019 -
01/01/2019


Bristol Local Group


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17/09/2018 -
17/09/2018

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Successful Systems Approaches in Cross-Disciplinary Healthcare Improvement


UK Healthcare is facing many challenges: an ageing population with increasing complexity of multiple long term conditions; improvements in medical care which can treat a larger number of conditions, and continued budget pressures and raising expectations. Healthcare is a complex socio-technical system, and identifying and devising interventions with clear net benefits is a challenge: a classic ‘wicked problem’. 

This talk is a presentation of a paper by Johnson, Harding, Smith and Beck that recently won Best Paper award at the 2018 INCOSE International Symposium in Washington DC USA.  It covers an outreach project that took place last year to support, through a series of facilitated workshops using systems approaches, a multidisciplinary project led by the NHS in Shropshire to improve services for the frail elderly.  It will explain the context, the nature of the workshops and techniques applied, and the outcomes, including a coherent prioritised work programme, with buy-in from all stakeholders.   The approaches used included, Systemigrams, Causal Loop Modelling, N2 Diagrams, Class Diagrams and others.

The presenter, Julian Johnson (INCOSE CSEP), was one of the 3 strong outreach team.  He has been an active member of INCOSE since 1997 and contributed to OMG Systems Modelling Language (SysML). From 1987-2015 he held roles in BAE SYSTEMS focussed on systems process improvement He is now Director of Holistem Ltd., a systems engineering consultancy focussing on early-phase systems engineering activities.

 



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25/06/2018 -
25/06/2018

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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The Viable System Model & Moral Modality Framework– How Organisations Really Work


The Viable System Model (VSM), created by Stafford Beer over 40 years ago, has become one of the best known and widely used cybernetic and systems thinking approaches.  It is a powerful tool for the practical process of diagnosing problems in organisations, and helping to improve their functioning. 

 

Trevor Hilder, our speaker, is a long time Systems Thinker and VSM practitioner and has worked in, owned and managed businesses in the field of ICT since 1974.  He has applied the VSM in a wide variety of roles; ranging from training programmers, systems programming, creating one of the first database products to run on PCs, writing manufacturing systems, to building an Enterprise Resource Planning system for a convenience store chain.

 

Trevor had the good fortune of knowing Stafford Beer well, and was given the great complement of being told he is among the finest communicators of the concepts that underpin the model; including Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety.

 

Building on and going beyond the VSM, Trevor has developed his own approach to understanding organisational and individual behaviours and relationships he has called the Moral Modality Framework.   This talk is an opportunity to learn about this powerful new approach as well as the VSM and to gain practical insights into their application.



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14/05/2018 -
14/05/2018

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30
Bristol Local Group


Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
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Systems Engineering Project Management: INCOSE/APM Working Group


The Systems Engineering / Project Management (SEPM) Joint Working Group (JWG) was established in 2013 between APM and INCOSE UK to foster better integration of project management and systems engineering. This has been successful to the point that APM has made it one of their Specific Interest Groups (SIG) – and run jointly with INCOSE UK. These Groups have a standing within APM that gives access to APM resources and influences APM thinking.

From the outset the JWG looked to build a shared understanding of mutual dependencies and promote the benefits of systems thinking.  SE and PM both focus on the achievement of business goals through successful delivery, but each has different perspectives and priorities which can result in inefficient and sometimes ineffective delivery.  The presentation will focus on two of the main SEPM JWG outputs:

·       SEPM life cycles models and processes: Andrew Gray will focus on the work the group undertook to compare and categorise life cycles and processes within the two disciplines, analyse subsequent touch points, overlaps tensions and fusions as indicators of the wider synergies that can be achieved. Information presented will be drawn mainly from the papers published at ASEC 2015 and the INCOSE International Symposium 2017.

·       SEPM roles & responsibilities:   David Cole will describe the JWG work to develop an integrated view of SE and PM roles and responsibilities, consider how these evolve through the life cycle, the sources of potential conflict and how this conflict can be addressed. Information presented will be drawn mainly from the SIG Guide to SEPM Roles & Responsibilities document and a paper published at ASEC 2017.

Andrew and David are both experienced portfolio, programme and project managers and consultants who have worked primarily with technically focussed private and public-sector organisations to both directly manage and advise on the management of their portfolios, programmes and projects. Both are Chartered Engineers, members of APM, and members of the INCOSE UK/ APM Systems Thinking SIG committee.  



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