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ENGlOl Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
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lesson 1.1 - Introduction to Systems Engineering Overview

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Overview
Th e lessons within this module lay the g roundwork for understanding the DoD's Systems Engineering

Technical Processes and Technical Management Processes as outlined in the Defense Acquisition

Guidebook (DAG).

I n this module, divided into several lessons, you will learn about:
• How Systems Engineering can be de fined
• Technical and Technic al Management Processes
• Roles played by Sys tems Engineering standards
• T echnical Founda tions: "V" Models and their applica tions
• Essen tial Considerations: Planning and the role of the Systems Engineering Plan, Robustness,
Open Systems and Evolutionary Acquisition
• Worl<place Ethics

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Something to Ponder...
The two stonecutters shown here were asked,
'What are you doing?'
Select the photo of the stonecutters to view their two answers .
Take a minute and ponder what these two

widely differing responses actually mean,

especially that of the second stonecutter.

On the next screen you will be asked to evaluate

views that others hav e had when asked to

assess the response of the second stonecutter.

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Something to Ponder ...
The two stonecutters shown here were asked,

'What are you doing?'

Select the photo of the stonecutters to view

their two answers.

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especially that or the

The firs t stonecutter said: "I am cutting this stone into blocks ." The second stonecutter replied, "I am

On the next screen you on a team that is building a monument. "

views that others have assess the response of

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Response Assessment
Do any of the following responses match what you believe is the best meaning of the second stonecutter's response?

The second stonecutter is wasting time daydreaming.

The second stonecutter is not paying attention to what is being done and thus, may cause errors in the work. big picture, but that is

0 The second stonecutter has the job. not part of the stonecutter's

~ The second stonecutter has a vision of the

finished product and his contribution being made

as part of a team.

Check Answer
The correct statement is '"The second stonec utter has a vision o f t h e finished prod uct and his contribution being made a s part o f a team .•

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Need for Product Vision
Why have a vision of the final product? Perhaps

the person in this picture can explain to you

why product vision is essential!

Unfor tunately, such poorly implemented

products are a common outcome when people

with diverse skills work on a complex project

but lack a common technical vision.

The discipline of Systems Engineering plays a

key role in helping to unify the technical vision

of a product, to effectively manage all the

diverse skills needed to develop modern

defense systems and to help ensure that

effective, sa fe, and supportable defense

systems are fielded .

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Need for Product Vision
Why have a vision of the final product? Perhaps

the person in…