29 March 2012 
In This Issue:


Webinar: "9 Laws of Systems Engineering" by Zane Scott


SEBoK v 0.75 Released for Open Review


See Vitech at Industry Events


INCOSE Foundation Accepting Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications


AVitech Expands Westward 

We're very pleased to welcome Sam Bertic to our Business Development team as a Senior Account Executive based in Los Angeles. Sam has a rich history in our industry, both as a practicing engineer and as a specialist deploying systems engineering software and processes within organizations. An INCOSE CSEP, Sam has extensive project experience with Northrop Grumman and other organizations where he led both project and corporate process initiatives. Sam brings a wealth of marketplace and tool knowledge as he works to establish a key Vitech SoCal presence. Welcome aboard Sam!


We are actively expanding the Vitech team with openings in product development, professional services, and business development. If you know someone with a strong systems perspective that would be a good fit for us, we hope you'll pass our name along! More information is available on the Careers page of our website.
BWebinar: "9 Laws of Systems Engineering" by Zane Scott 

Special thanks to everyone who attended our last webinar. There was certainly strong interest in the topic, and we enjoyed a vibrant Q&A session at the end. If you missed "Empowering the Organization through MBSE," be sure to view the recording in our video archive.


Next week, Zane Scott will present "9 Laws of Systems Engineering." Whether you are the manager seeking project success, the design team seeking to deliver a solution, or the customer seeking an answer to their needs, systems engineering is critically important. We believe that there are nine fundamental "laws" that govern the sound practice of systems engineering. Join us on 3 April for a discussion outlining the 9 Laws of Systems Engineering.
CSEBoK v 0.75 Released for Open Review
Over the past three years, a dedicated team of experts from around the world with backing from professional societies, universities, and the US Department of Defense has worked to establish an authoritative guide to the systems engineering body of knowledge (SEBoK). The third release, version 0.75, has recently been published for open review at http://www.sebokwiki.org. As they prepare for a final update leading to the version 1.0 release in September, the committee is seeking additional feedback. Those interested are asked to look at the Note to Reviewer article for additional information. Share your comments by 15 April to help make this valuable resource even better.
DSee Vitech at Industry Events

As the calendar turns to April and May, conference season heats up. This year, Vitech experts will be speaking at events from Washington to Brisbane, from Rome to Pretoria, and at countless points in between. If your travels take you to these events, we hope you will take time out of your schedule to hear the latest from Vitech:

  • APCOSE / SETE 2012. 30 April - 2 May in Brisbane. Hear from our President David Long as he jointly delivers a full-day tutorial with SESA President Paul Logan on "Essential Model-Based Systems Engineering - Models, SysML, and More". Also be sure to catch David's perspectives on effective MBSE communication as he delivers his paper "Representations and Models: SysML and Beyond".
  • SEDC 2012. 14 May - 16 May outside of Washington, DC. While the tutorial selection is still being finalized, we do know that our President David Long, Vice President of Professional Services Zane Scott, and two of our principal systems engineers will be sharing their insights on topics ranging from MBSE to service-oriented architectures.
EINCOSE Foundation Accepting Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications  

A Vitech co-founder and our systems engineering inspiration, Jim Long dedicated over 40 years to systems engineering - as a practitioner, teacher, leader, and innovator. In December 2010, with the generous support of colleagues and friends from across the community, the INCOSE Foundation established the James E. Long Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship. Awarded annually, this $5,000 fellowship inspires and recognizes innovative post doctorate level research that has the potential to produce major improvements in advancing the practice of systems engineering and systems thinking.


The application process for the 2012 award is now underway. If you would like to apply or know someone you think would be a strong candidate, please review the INCOSE Foundation page for more information. This year's submission deadline is 13 May.

FToday's Tip: Spider Diagrams

While the hierarchy diagram provides a clean, traditional representation, it often implies flow-down. It also can hide context since individual elements can be displayed in multiple locations on the same diagram. If understanding context is critical, consider using a spider diagram instead. The spider diagram opens on the same combination of an element and a hierarchy definition, but it's a free-form diagram in which each element is interconnected via its web of linkages.


For more tips and tricks on CORE 8, see the recently compiled list posted to the online community While you're there, be sure to share your tips, tricks, and techniques for making the most of CORE and MBSE.

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Webinar Schedule  

9 Laws of Systems Engineering

3 April, 3pm EDT 


Effective SE Communication through Models and Representations

24 April, 3pm EDT 


Document the Model, Don't Model the Document

10 May, 4pm EDT 


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