Systems Engineering, MBSE & SAFe Workshop
Though Agile methods have been considered viable for System Engineering programs and projects for some time, the role of the System Engineer, and the effective use of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) in an iterative, Agile context, has been a quandary. The growing adoption of the Department of Defense’s Digital Engineering Strategy is accelerating the pace at which these worlds come together as it stipulates leveraging digital artifacts, like MBSE, to:
- Inform decision making
- Centralize a source of truth
- Incorporate technology to improve engineering outcomes
- Improve collaboration
- Transform culture across the engineering lifecycle
Attaining the most value from these strategic goals requires that they are adopted within a lean/agile environment that values fast feedback/learning on a synchronized cadence.
This workshop explores a practice that has proven successful in real world applications. Using a hands-on simulation throughout the course, Systems Engineers and Architects incrementally construct a system specification using MBSE techniques that define system context, behavioral response to stimulus, structural design and interfaces. This model, which will evolve on a synchronized (often 3-month) cadence, is used to:
- Ensure architectural integrity and runway of the system
- Identify and prepare for integrations to other systems
- Elicit functionality to be decomposed and developed in an agile manner over the next increment
This workshop teaches the mechanics of running a system specification workshop and how to perform them as part of a cadence. 321 Gang incorporates the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) as the Agile context.
Classroom – in-person or virtual
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Collaboratively create a shared understanding of system structure, behavior, and information
- Record decisions as a single source of truth using standard modeling notation
- Use emergent specifications to drive the agile development process
- Be able to coach and lead a Systems Engineering Workshop for an agile, cross functional program
This workshop is targeted to support:
- Systems engineers and architects familiar with MBSE who are working, or beginning to work, in an agile/agile at scale environment.
- Lead engineers/architects responsible for a system’s technical solution as well as those who will participate in the Specification Workshops.
This course will be taught by a 321 Gang Lean-Agile Systems Engineering Consultant who is also a SAFe Program Consultant.