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Foreword xi Preface xv About the Companion Website xix 1 Introduction 1 2 An Example: The Virtual Museum Tour System 5 3 Better Products - The Value of Systems Architecting 9 3.1 The Share of Systems Architecting in Making Better Products 9 3.2 The Benefits that can be Achieved 10 3.3 The Benefits that can be Communicated inside the Organization 14 3.4 The Beneficial Elements of Systems Architecting 15 3.5 Benefits of Model-Based Systems Architecting 16 4 Definition of System Architecture 19 4.1 What is Architecture? -Discussion of Some Existing Definitions 20 4.2 Modeling the Definitions of "System" and "System Architecture" 22 5 Model-Based System Architecture 27 6 Architecture Description 35 6.1 Why Spending Effort to Describe the Architecture? 35 6.2 The Architecture Description 37 6.3 How to Get an Architecture Description? 44 7 Architecture Patterns and Principles 49 7.1 The SYSMOD Zigzag Pattern 50 7.2 The Base Architecture 57 7.3 Cohesion and Coupling 61 7.4 Separation of Definition, Usage and Run-Time 63 7.5 Separate Stable from Unstable Parts 65 7.6 The Ideal System 65 7.7 View and Model 66 7.8 Diagram Layout 68 7.9 System Model Structure 69 7.10 Heuristics 71 8 Requirements and Use Case Analysis 75 8.1 Identify and Define Requirements 76 8.2 Specify the System Context 80 8.3 Identify Use Cases 82 8.4 Describe Use Case Flows 84 8.5 Model the Domain Knowledge 86 9 Perspectives, Viewpoints and Views in System Architecture 89 9.1 Overview 89 9.2 The Functional Perspective 91 9.3 The Physical Perspective 96 9.4 The Behavioral Perspective 100 9.5 The Layered Perspective 100 9.6 System Deployment Perspective 112 9.7 Other Perspectives 115 9.8 Relation to the System Context 117 9.9 Mapping Different Perspectives and Levels 120 9.10 Traceability 125 9.11 Perspectives and Views in Model-Based Systems Architecting 125 10 Typical Architecture Stakeholders 131 10.1 Overview 131 10.2 Requirements Engineering 133 10.3 Verification 135 10.4 Configuration Management 137 10.5 Engineering Disciplines 138 10.6 Project and Product Management 141 10.7 Development Roadmap Planners 145 10.8 Production and Distribution 148 10.9 Suppliers 149 10.10 Marketing and Brand Management 150 10.11 Management 152 11 Roles 157 11.1 Roles 157 11.2 The System Architect Role 158 11.3 System Architecture Teams 162 11.4 System Architecture Stakeholders 164 11.5 Recruiting System Architecture People 165 11.6 Talent Development for System Architects 167 12 Processes 173 12.1 The Systems Architecting Processes 173 12.2 Change and Configuration Management Processes 182 12.3 Other Processes Involving the System Architect 182 13 Agile Approaches 183 13.1 The History of Iterative-Incremental and Agile Development 184 13.2 System Architects in an Agile Environment 186 14 The FAS Method 189 14.1 Motivation 190 14.2 Functional Architectures for Systems 192 14.3 The FAS Method 195 14.4 FAS Heuristics 199 14.5 FAS with SysML 202 14.6 Modeling Tool Support 210 14.7 Mapping of a Functional Architecture to a Physical Architecture 215 14.8 Experiences with the FAS Method 218 14.9 FASWorkshops 219 14.10 Nonfunctional Requirements and the Functional Architecture 222 14.11 Completeness of the Functional Architecture 224 14.12 Functional Architectures and the Zigzag Pattern 227 15 Product Lines & Variants 231 15.1 Definitions Variant Modeling 232 15.2 Variant Modeling with SysML 233 15.3 Other Variant Modeling Techniques 239 16 Architecture Frameworks 243 16.1 Enterprise Architectures 244 16.2 System of Systems (SoS) 246 16.3 An Overview of Architecture Frameworks 249 16.4 The UPDM Standard 261 16.5 What to do when we Come in Touch with Architecture Frameworks 262 16.6 Conclusion 263 17 Cross-Cutting Concerns 265 17.1 The Game-Winning Nonfunctional Aspects 265 17.2 Human System Interaction and Human Factors Engineering 266 17.3 Risk Management 267 17.4 Trade Studies 268 17.5 Budgets 269 18 Architecture Assessment 271 19 Making it Work in the Organization 277 19.1 Overview 277 19.2 Organizational Structure for Systems Architecting 278 19.3 Recipes from the Authors' Experience 283 20 Soft Skills 291 20.1 It's all about Communication 292 20.2 Personality Types 303 20.3 Intercultural Collaboration Skills 307 21 Outlook: The World after Product Line Engineering 311 A OMG SysML 315 A.1 Diagram and Model 316 A.2 Structure Diagrams 318 A.3 Behavior Diagrams 329 A.4 Requirements Diagram 337 A.5 Extension of SysML with Profiles 340 A.6 Architecture of the Language 341 B The V-Model 343 B.1 A Brief History of the V-Model or the Systems Engineering VEE 343 B.2 A Handy Illustration but No Comprehensive Process Description 345 B.3 Critical Considerations 348 B.4 Reading Instruction for a Modern Systems Engineering VEE 351 Bibliography 353 Index 363

About the Author

Tim Weilkiens is the CEO at the German consultancy oose Innovative Informatik and co-author of the SysML specification. He has introduced model-based systems engineering to a variety of industry sectors. He is author of several books about modeling and the MBSE methodology SYSMOD. Jesko G. Lamm is a Senior Systems Engineer at Bernafon, a Swiss manufacturer for hearing instruments. With Tim Weilkiens, Jesko G. Lamm founded the Functional Architectures working group of the German chapter of INCOSE. Stephan Roth is a coach, consultant, and trainer for systems and software engineering at the German consultancy oose Innovative Informatik. He is a state-certified technical assistant for computer science from Physikalisch-Technische Lehranstalt (PTL) Wedel and a certified systems engineer (GfSE) (R)- Level C. Markus Walker works at Schindler Elevator in the research and development division as elevator system architect. He is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) and is engaged in the committee of the Swiss chapter of INCOSE.

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