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What Systems Engineers Need to Know About Software

March 20, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - March 21, 2017 @ 12:00 am

The F16, which first flew in 1976, relied on software for 40% of its capability. For F-22s in 1997, it was 80%.  By 2006, the F-35 relied on software for 90% or more. In nearly all domains—education, medicine, transportation, education—software-based systems are providing unprecedented system function. Systems engineers are heeding these changes: as little as five years ago systems engineering conference papers had little to do with the increasing amount of software in systems, while today’s conference themes are all about capabilities enabled by software.
Yet systems engineers have few resources to learn about software from a systems engineering and program management point of view. Books explaining software tend to focus on bits and bytes and skip over the big picture completely. This tutorial provides the basics of what systems engineers should know about software to partner effectively with the software engineers and organizations to realize a dream they share: higher quality, higher capability systems that work properly and are capable of evolving as user needs evolve.
DC SPIN recommends this program since it will provide an systems engineering perspective for both systems and software engineers and associated disciplines such as Program Management, Configuration Management, and Quality Assurance.
Dr. Sarah Sheard is a Senior Engineer, Systems Engineering at CMU’s Software Engineering Institute. She has over 20 years of experience in systems engineering, software and systems process improvement, and complexity science. She has faced from both sides the gulf of understanding between top-down, hardware-focused systems engineers in industry and government and bottoms-up, precision-focused software developers who make the capability happen bits and bytes at a time. 


Monday, March 20, 2017, 6 to 8 PM

At the
Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
Software Solutions Symposium (SSS)

Hilton Crystal City at
Washington Reagan National Airport
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, 22202, USA

Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport
2399 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, Virginia


March 20, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
March 21, 2017 @ 12:00 am


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