Monthly Archives: May 2013

Systems Engineering Via Science-Fiction…

Now systems engineering as a recognised discipline really seems to have come out during the mid to late 1940’s, but the principles behind it have certainly been floating around before hand.  The term itself gets followed back to complex engineering … Continue reading

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Normal service will resume

I should have explained, there will be no posts until Friday, as I am being assessed for Associate status by 23 Shillings. This involves completing a challenging 2 week project in my own time. It turns out that there really … Continue reading

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VVD – in tents concentration

Well it made ME laugh. The fourth lesson from day one is: 4. Do not, if avoidable, be in tents when bullets are ripping through them: at such times a hole in the ground is worth many tents. I have … Continue reading

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Verdedeging Vereiste Dryft – Marcellus, Bernardo, and Francisco

3. Do not let your sentries advertise their position to the whole world, including the enemy, by standing in the full glare of a fire, and making much noise every half hour. If we continue the analogy from Wednesday that … Continue reading

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The First Dream – The defence of duffer’s drift/requirements drift

The first lesson of Duffer’s is the easiest to translate: DON’T put off doing things right – using systems engineering – just because you can’t be bothered. It’s so bone obvious that I’m going to include the second in today’s … Continue reading

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Systems Engineering – The “Academic” or the “Business” Approach…

During a recent discussion in regards to what is and isn’t systems engineering, something came up regarding that potential split between how the professional or “academic” ideal approach to systems engineering is actually a touch different to actually convincing people … Continue reading

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Duffer’s drift

The reason I mentioned the Defence of Duffer’s Drift in my preceding post was that I believe the format is an excellent one for getting lessons across. I have been dwelling on this because as a member of INCOSE I … Continue reading

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The Defence of Duffer’s Drift

“I felt lonely, and not a little sad, as I stood on the bank of the river near Duffer’s Drift and watched the red dust haze, raised by the southward departing column in the distance, turn slowly into gold as … Continue reading

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Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry – OR – Energy and shock

After a year at Atkins, and a very pleasant holiday, I will say it’s good to be back.  I’m going to kick off with a reminder about the central analytical principle I use when studying shock. In modern counter-terror and … Continue reading

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