Model-based Systems Engineering Demystified - The need for MBSE


In this first of three webinar presentations, Jon will discuss the underlying reasons why MBSE is so important for any modern-day Systems Engineering project. He will provide an in-depth discussion on complexity and how it has not just increased but has evolved over the last few decades. Using a simple example, Jon will discuss four areas in which complexity has evolved, namely: system elements and their associated interfaces; system constraints; systems of systems; and how complexity has shifted.

As the complexity of these Systems evolves over time, so must the approaches that we apply to realize our Systems successfully. Based on this, Jon will discuss how there is nothing inherently wrong with a document-based approach to Systems Engineering, but based on the evolution of complexity, how we must ensure that our Systems Engineering practice and techniques must be up to the job of coping with this complexity.

Also, Jon will introduce the now-infamous Brontosaurus of Complexity that helps us to understand how complexity changes over the course of a project and he will conclude with an overview of his latest books that tackle this subject.

Take-Away Key Messages

  • Areas of evolved complexity, systems of systems, system elements, their associated interfaces, and constraints
  • The “Brontosaurus of Complexity” and how complexity feeds into evils
  • How to ensure that Systems Engineering practice and techniques are up to the job coping with evolved complexity


Prof Jon Holt is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE). He is an international award-winning author and public speaker and has authored 17 books on MBSE and its applications.

Since 2014 he has been a director and consultant for Scarecrow Consultants, who are outstanding in the field of MBSE. Jon is also a Professor of Systems Engineering at Cranfield University, where he is involved with the teaching of and research into MBSE. He is a Fellow of both the IET and the BCS and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional. He is currently the Technical Director of INCOSE UK where he is responsible for all technical activities and, in 2015, was identified as one of the 25 most-influential Systems Engineers in the last 25 years by INCOSE.

Jon is also actively involved in the promotion of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) where he uses magic, mind-reading, and occasional escapology to promote Systems Engineering at Music Festivals, Science Festivals, the IET Pythagorean Cabaret, radio shows and other STEM events. He has also authored the children’s STEM book ‘Think Engineer’ which is published by INCOSE UK

How to connect

Register in advance for this webinar:

We have moved to the ZOOM platform for INCOSE webinars. One significant change is we recommend attendees join audio now using the ZOOM platform audio (Voice over Internet).

When: As an exception this Online Seminar takes place on Tuesday, 30th of November 2021!
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm EDT (3:00pm-4:00pm UTC, 5:00pm – 6:00pm CET)


Datum 30.11.2021 - 17:00
Ende 30.11.2021 - 18:00
Anmeldeschluss 30.11.2021 - 17:00
Kostenpflichtig Nein
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