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You are cordially invited to the tutorial hosted by the INCOSE SA Chapter. This one-day tutorial will be presented virtually over two days by David Walden. The tutorial is free for current INCOSE members and a fee of R500 applies for non-members. The tutorial will be registered for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits with ECSA. A certificate of attendance will be issued to those who were present for the entire duration of the tutorial. 




Fundamental System Engineering Maxims: What They Are and Why They Are Important.




Systems engineering ensures that stakeholder needs are satisfied in a balanced, cost efficient, and timely manner using an interdisciplinary engineering approach that considers the system's entire life cycle.

The objective of this one-day tutorial is to provide an overview of some fundamental systems engineering maxims, define what they are and provide examples of why they are important.

Systems Engineering Maxims:

Practical information and tools will be provided. The tutorial includes several in-class exercises to solidify the concepts being presented.

The tutorial follows the terminology and conventions of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, and the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK).


About David Walden


David D. Walden, ESEP, is co-owner and principal consultant for Sysnovation, LLC, a company he formed in 2006.  Sysnovation, based out of Shakopee, Minnesota, USA, is focused on Systems Engineering consulting and education/training.  At Sysnovation, Mr. Walden has assisted numerous clients improve their Systems Engineering effectiveness. He has served as a coach/mentor, an independent reviewer, major review (e.g., PDR, CDR) coordinator, Systems Engineering Subject Matter Expert (SME), and process consultant.  He has created and taught numerous Systems Engineering courses and tutorials, including a distance learning on-line variant of a Systems Engineering Principles course.  Previously, Mr. Walden was with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for 13 years and worked at McDonnell Aircraft Company for 10 years.  Mr. Walden has served as an editor of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook since Version 3.2 and was the Lead Editor of the Fourth Edition. He is an INCOSE liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Groups 10 and 20.  He was the Program Manager of the INCOSE Certification Program from 2007-2013.  He has an M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University in Indiana.  Mr. Walden was one of the first to earn the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) credential in 2004 and was awarded the INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) credential in 2011.




11 - 12 February 2021



8 February 2021



Virtual Tutorial