Systems-Thinking

As projects become increasingly large and complex an ability to look the “whole” thing and predict the behaviour of the beast is a necessity - this is where the system engineering skills that we have can be brought to bear.

This may involve:-

  • looking at the architecture (how it is put together physically or functionally or its relationship to the bigger system or ‘residual world’)
  • identifying (“capturing”) and managing requirements whether capability, user, system or interface
  • conceptual design
  • proving or testing the design (usually to gather evidence of compliance)
  • modelling & analysis
  • technical project management (yes, system engineering does include management!)
  • business process re-engineering (another facet of looking at “requirements”, structures and relationships between parts of the business and information management)

If you are responsible for a large project then it is almost certain that you have a need for good system engineering, whether you label it as such or not! It covers all sorts of realms from aerospace and defence through civil and healthcare sectors.

It is often forgotten that a business is just as much a ‘system’ as a major hardware design. Many of the techniques and tools used within the system engineering field are useful in business analysis. We can bring techniques soft systems methodology ( a la Peter Checkland), ‘conventional’ techniques such as Quality Function deployment, modelling techniques such as those used in Systems Dynamics or in Enterprise Architecture and many others to bear on your business analysis problem. Sometimes forgotten, but not to be underestimated, is the power of an analytical, structured and innovative mind!

As a company with 20 years experience in this field we are confident that we can tailor the support to your particular needs (dare we say it - part of the “requirement capture”!).

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