TC 6: The System Engineering of Interfaces - Hazel Woodcock

Course Overview

Training day presentation

The aim of this tutorial is to give participants an insight into best practices when dealing with system interfaces.

This will be an interactive tutorial considering the issues surrounding interface management. Every interface is an opportunity to lose information, control and/or money; we will explore some of the common pitfalls and solutions, and offer patterns for describing interfaces. This tutorial equips the delegates with some practical methods for improving their management of interfaces.

The tutorial covers the following topics:

  • How to conceptualise interfaces
  • Categories of interfaces
  • What is special about interface requirements and management
  • How interfaces should relate to the system design
  • Decomposition and flow down of interfaces to subsystems
  • Architecting through optimization (simplification!) of interfaces
  • Negotiating external interfaces
  • Support processes for interface management

Concepts are explored in context of a case study, whilst also incorporating real world experiences from the presenters and situations highlighted by the participants.

This tutorial is intended for Systems Engineering practitioners with some practical experience of requirements and / or integration. Some previous experience handling interfaces is encouraged, but not essential.

The style of the tutorial is interactive, with as little 'death by PowerPoint' as possible. However, a set of reference notes and slides will be provided, along with worksheets for exercises.

Course Trainers

Hazel Woodcock is an experienced systems engineer with a unique blend of technical competence and interpersonal skills. Hazel has a background of fifteen years in the defence industry, and experience at all phases of the project lifecycle, as well as five years in the automotive industry as a systems engineer and was featured in the INCOSE 25@25 profile series. She has worked with customers in different industries and has applied lessons from one industry to another. Interfaces are an inescapable part of Hazel's world, from the tool to tool interfaces, and the system of interest interfaces, to the business interfaces encountered when working with clients.