Systems engineering: A company approach to change the paradigm

A Web search for “systems engineering” brings up some 15,400,000 entries, which is just shy of the number for “Agatha Christie.” Needless to say, the field has acquired a kind of celebrity!

An innovative, collaborative approach

Like any engineering approach, systems engineering leads to invention and innovation. However, it is pre-eminently based on multidisciplinary.

An approach which facilitates human and technical interactions

Systems engineering is essential in the development of “complex systems.” These are objects whose proper functioning depends as heavily on interactions as on the individual behaviors of each of the systems’ components: both interactions with the environments and among the components.

Just like the objects it aims to produce, the approach relies on exchange, the exchange of ideas and information inherent in any collaborative project. The quality of a system is a direct reflection of the quality of the interactions among the teams who built it: internally and also externally, with all the other project stakeholders.

A systemic company approach to effect change

The approach is deployed to effect the change needed to achieve the Company’s strategic goals. Its success criteria are the answers to the questions, “Why use the approach?“, “What is our final objective?”, “What would the efficiency gains be?”.

Because the approach aims at taking the best possible advantage of all the practices linking the different trades into a collaborative endeavor, it is indeed a systemic approach.

The EIRIS Conseil solution: changing the paradigm one verifiable stage at a time

If the systems engineering approach is deployed without clear Company objectives, it will meet with no success … for a lack of success criteria. If supporting expertise, such as requirements management, modeling, or configuration management, is deployed without a comprehensive plan, the risk for incoherence is not managed.

To enable our clients to reach their objectives while managing the risks, we have developed E_Talea®. A staged, integrated approach, E_Talea® accompanies the client through change from interim goal to interim goal until the final objective is reached. Please discover on our Web site the 5 keys to the E_Talea® solution, i.e., the 5 levers able to move to greater success both complex systems and the companies that produce them.

Françoise Caron, EIRIS Conseil