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1998. All Rights Reserved by the author. 1 Presented at the 1998 INCOSE Symposium. INCOSE 1-206-441-1164, 800-366-1164 (toll free U.S.) [email protected] and Systems Engineering: Art and Science in an International Context by John S. MacDonald MacDonald Dettwiler Richmond, B. C., Canada Good morning, and allow me to bid you welcome to one of the world's most attractive cities. It is a genuine pleasure and source of pride for us here on Canada's west coast to host this important gathering which, as I understand it, is being held for the first time outside of the U.S. We want you all to know that world class systems engineering practices are alive and well here in the northwest corner of the continent and all of us from this area look forward to informative and lively discussions with our colleagues from other places over the next few days. As a practicing engineer, I have lived through the formative stages of systems engineering as a formal discipline and have seen it evolve from quite ad-hoc origins to the rigorous discipline we practice, or at least like to think we practice, today. I have also spent a substantial part of my career involved in the development and marketing of advanced systems in a global marketplace mostly in Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America as well as in North America. In my remarks to you this morning, I will try to draw on that collective experience and perhaps, if I have analyzed the requirements correctly, designed an intelligent approach, implemented my solution within schedule and budget and tested it rigorously, I will satisfy the requirements of you the users of this product by giving each of you a little something new to think about as you work your way through the rest of the week's activities. If not, well, maybe I can show up in Brighton next year with a thoroughly debugged keynote speech. Mr. Jaswinder Madhur of Rational Software Corporation, Chair of the 1998 INCOSE Symposium (left) with Dr. John MacDonald of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (right).
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1998. All Rights Reserved by the author. 2 Presented at the 1998 INCOSE Symposium. INCOSE 1-206-441-1164, 800-366-1164 (toll free U.S.) [email protected] and One of the things that has always fascinated me about engineering in general, and systems engineering in particular, is the incredible creativity involved. It has always been my belief that those of us who practice this craft, in particular those who create great engineering works, achieve a degree of creativity that is, without a doubt, in the same league with the great artists who have who have inspired the human spirit with their creations. Yet engineers are not generally regarded in this way. A bridge is a bridge, spacecraft are spacecraft and the elegance and beauty in an excellent piece of software are forever hidden from the public view. Indeed the creativity in these things in many cases manifests itself not in some obvious elegance that everyone can see and
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