#002 – Hillary Sillitto – Architecting Systems

Author of Architecting Systems: Concepts, Principles and Practice


Interview with Hillary Sillitto author of “Architecting Systems: Concepts, Principles and Practice”
Check out Hillary’s website here to learn more about the book: http://sillittoenterprises.com/

Links from discussion:

  1. Book: Architecting Systems – concepts, principles and practice. By Hillary Sillitto, 2014
  2. Journal Paper: Dori, Dov, and Hillary Sillitto. “What is a system? An ontological framework.” Systems Engineering 20.3 (2017): 207-219.
  3. Conference Paper: Sillitto, Hillary, Dov Dori, Regina M. Griego, Scott Jackson, Daniel Krob, Patrick Godfrey, Eileen Arnold, James Martin, and Dorothy McKinney. “Defining “system”: a comprehensive approach.” In INCOSE International Symposium, vol. 27, no.
  4. Journal: https://physicsworld.com/
  5. Challenger Shuttle Disaster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Challenger_disaster 
  6. INCOSE Complexity Primer White Paper: https://www.incose.org/docs/default-source/ProductsPublications/a-complexity-primer-for-systems-engineers.pdf?sfvrsn=0&sfvrsn=0
  7. INCOSE Complexity Primer Presentation: https://www.incose.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/complexity-primer-overview.pdf?sfvrsn=0 
  8. Book: Systems Architecting: Creating & Building Complex Systems. By Eberhardt Rechtin, 1990.
  9. Book: Anticipatory Systems: Philosophical, Mathematical and Methodological Foundations. By Robert Rosen, 2012
  10. Book: The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model: Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software. By Barry Boehm, Jo Ann Lane, Supannika Koolmanojwong, Richard Turner, 2014.
  11. Book:  Anticipatory Systems: Philosophical, Mathematical and Methodological Foundations. By Robert Rosen, 2012
  12. INCOSE papers and presentations library: https://www.incose.org/ProductsPublications/Papers-Presentations-library 

Time stamps:

  • 0:00:00 Introduction
  • 0:01:41 Hillary Self Intro
  • 0:02:20 His Mission
  • 0:05:05 Identification of Definitions
  • 0:09:15 Human side of systems engineering
  • 0:10:25 How to sell the idea of systems to people?
  • 0:14:20 Identifying obstacles
  • 0:17:26 Hillary transition to system engineer.
  • 0:21:05 Culture differences in organizations
  • 0:24:15 Differences of Industries and Civil Service
  • 0:27:17 Proud moments and Failures to learn from
  • 0:31:37 How to develop your career?
  • 0:34:00 Bad advice to ignore
  • 0:37:40 Technical specialization to broader systems
  • 0:40:42 Nature of requirements
  • 0:47:00 Key books to read
  • 0:49:26 Decision map
  • 0:53:15 Biggest opportunities and challenges in the system engineer community
  • 0:57:49 Advice to the system community
  • 0:58:15 Conclusion