The INCOSE Institute for Technical Leadership

Three years ago, INCOSE started the development of a initiative to enhance and strengthen the Organization’s Leadership by developing and providing a training program. The program’s purpose is to accelerate the development of systems engineering leaders who will exemplify the best of our organization and our profession. Its primary benefits are the development of individual members as capable leaders, which benefits the involved members. INCOSE benefits include growing a pool of leaders, which can be used to help lead the Organization. Another intended outcome is hopefully to enhance INCOSE’s International reputation in systems engineering.
Karl will provide an overview of the initiative and explain the requirements to become part of the program, then address questions. Applicants must be nominated by an INCOSE leader and submit an application package that includes: 1) Nominating letter from an INCOSE Board Member, Director, Assistant Director or Chapter President , 2) Letter of recommendation and support from candidate’s home organization, including recognition of the required two-year commitment, 3) Personal statement describing the expected benefits to the candidate, his or her organization, and INCOSE, 4) Resume describing positions held and specific systems engineering accomplishments.

Bio: Karl is currently seeking a new opportunity in SE. Karl is a proven leader with 40+ years of service supporting the Navy as an Acquisition Professional DAWIA certified at Level 3 in both Systems Planning, Research Development & Engineering and Program Management. Karl has hands-on Acquisition experience in Systems Engineering, Program Management, Program Analysis, Software Engineering, Safety Engineering, Systems Analysis, Technical Assessment, Technical and Team Leadership, Personnel Management, & Training. Karl is a Charter Member of the SoMD Chapter of INCOSE. He is currently serving as Treasurer, and is Chair of the Defense System Working Group. He has also served as Past President, Vice-President, and Director, and was a founders of INCOSE’s certification program, who served 6 years on the Certification Advisory Group.

Who: Karl Geist, ESEP-Acq SoMD INCOSE Chapter
When: 27 Feb 2017 @ 1130 to 1300
Where: KBRWyle, 22309 Exploration Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653
Bill of Fare: Lunch Provided, RSVP requested
Cost: Free to all

RSVP Steve McKeown, or

New Date TUTORIAL: Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Project Planning

Description:   A growing number of large software-intensive system solutions 2015-June-Tutorial-Agile-Project-Managementare Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)  projects, in which the roles and responsibilities of Systems Engineers (SEs), Software Engineers (SWEs), and Project Managers (PjMs) are rapidly evolving. The purpose of this activity-based Tutorial is to acquaint SEs, SWEs, and PjMs with some of these evolving roles, specifically in the initial Project Planning phases of Agile ALM projects. Activities will be based on an example Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for a Critical Infrastructure Protection and Recovery (CIPR) capability needed to support national infrastructure security. A primary objective of the Tutorial is to highlight the value of collaboration during Agile ALM project planning, in this case a BAA Response. Using information from briefings and the example CIPR-related BAA, Tutorial participants will be introduced to and practice process steps and techniques involved in developing Agile ALM project initial planning information and artifacts such as Product Vision Board Extended (PVBE), Persona Templates, Product Canvas, and Product Backlog Items (PBIs).


Bio:  Mike Pafford has over 40 years of active duty Air Force & Navy, commercial industry, and applied research experience in the analysis, design, development, and operation of complex systems used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.  He holds a BS in Business & Management from the University of Maryland University College, an MS in Computer Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, and three Professional Certifications in Vietnamese and Russian from the Defense Language Institute.


An INCOSE member since 1998, Mike is currently Co-Chairman of the INCOSE Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method Working Group, and is President-Elect of the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter. He was named Systems Engineer of the Year for the Chapter in 2011. Since 2008 Mike has also been an Instructor of Software Systems Engineering in the MS in Systems Engineering curriculum for the Johns Hopkins University.

Who:               Mike Pafford, Pres Elect for INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter and JHU Instructor

When:            Friday, 15 July @ 0745 to 1500

Where:            Wyle Labs, 22309 Exploration Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653           

Bill of Fare:    Continental Breakfast & Lunch Provided      RSVP required

Cost:              $35 members, $45 non-members

For reservations,

please RSVP by 12 pm, 14 July to:

 Karl Geist


 and thanks!!!


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Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

INCOSE Webinar, March 18, 2015“Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century”

Laurie Wiggins

Fellow INCOSE members, Please join me on March 18th from 11am-12pm EST for the next INCOSE webinar.  As described in the flyers on the INCOSE Connect website, Laurie Wiggins will give a presentation on “Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century”

Instructions for viewing the webinar are later in this email. You will also find a copy of the joining instructions on the INCOSE Connect website, in the Webinar Discussion Forum area:

Joining instructions are also posted in the INCOSE Product Area, within the webinar Archive folder:

Note that the webinar is a combination of PowerPoint slides + audio.  You need to set your browser to the url listed below to see the slides and also dial into the phone number below to hear the audio.  We are using GlobalMeet for this webinar. Please note that you can now access the webinar using mobile devices. There are 300 virtual seats available for the webinar.  Right now they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you miss the webinar on 18th March, you will be able to see a recording of it on INCOSE Connect at where you can also view the previous seventy-two INCOSE webinars.

Please note that you can now receive a PDU in support of certification renewal by attending an INCOSE technical webinar. Here is the link to details about certification renewal, including information on PDUs.

Regards, Andy Pickard

Rolls-Royce Representative, INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board, <>

INCOSE Webinar 73 – Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

 Presenter:    Laurie Wiggins,  Wednesday 18 March 2015, 11:00am EST


According to the INCOSE SE Handbook, risk management is a process ‘used to understand and avoid the potential cost, schedule and performance (i.e., technical) risks to a system;  to take a proactive and structured approach to anticipate negative outcomes and respond to them….’ Known and unknown risks can impact projects significantly if not addressed. If risks are not identified, they cannot be addressed. If a risk costs $1000 to address early in a project, studies show that cost can increase to $300,000-$500,000 later in the project when hardware, software or both must be modified. Program risk identification is usually an ad hoc, non-comprehensive exercise. An extensive analysis of hundreds of programs has revealed a common set of program risks. By evaluating projects with a standard set of risks, projects can significantly reduce the monies required to address known and unknown risks. A risk management survey performed by Sysenex also provides information about how companies perform risk identification and risk management today.

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