Bits&Chips System Architecting conference
Date: March 22, 2022
Presentation by Wouter Leibbrandt
This event brings together system architects to share successful and failed development cases. System architecture is a distinguishing discipline in the development and commercialization of complex systems, products and machines. The system architect’s decisions can make or break a product. Experience is an important factor, but the system architect can also learn a lot from his peers.
15h30-16h00 Sven van Iersel, Additive Industries: The development process of the Powder Load Tool
16h00-16h30 Wouter Leibbrandt, ESI (TNO): The system thinker – from a lone wolf to a cooperative pack
The system thinker – from a lone wolf to a cooperative pack
Why do systems fail? Often because of their high complexity. Yet, the Dutch industry is remarkably successful in realizing very complex high-tech equipment, thanks to the use of strong system thinking.
In practice, however, the burden of system thinking is often on the head of a lone system architect. Going forward this is a problem. High-tech equipment continues to grow in complexity. It also integrates more and more tightly in its operational context: medical equipment into the hospital and even in the complete care cycle, semiconductor equipment into the fab or a module into the supply chain.
A single person can no longer on her own deal with this system(s) complexity, calling for a much wider spread of system thinking in the organizations. What is “system thinking” and why is adoption across disciplines crucial for future success? How do various means support such wide introduction like methods and tools, such as MBSE, creating awareness and competence development?