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INCOSE Membership Meeting

Time & Location:

Tuesday, September 20, 2022  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM by WebEx


6:00-6:45 PM: Introductions of Attendees and Chapter Business

6:45-7:30 PM: Invited Speaker

7:30-7:45 PM: Q&A and Open Discussion


A Data-Centric System Architecture Model Development Process Emphasizing Rapid Tempo and Quality


For years the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) community has been armed with the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) and a host of vendor provided tools to facilitate requirements, architecture, and design development. Nonetheless, teams repeatedly struggle to apply these tools in practice because they do not have a powerful style to enable teamwork in a model and set of flexible methods to guide work which is consistent with that style. This paper seeks to offer an easy-to-use process for building a System Architecture Model (SAM), allowing for tailoring to meet program-specific needs. The paper identifies and encourages the use of a variety of SAM development methods which are focused on the themes of data centricity, consistency, commonality in style, and efficiently creating content that will answer most engineering questions related to architecture.


This process is implemented in SysML as a “One Page Process” and made openly available for download. Furthermore, automated validation via a rules-based engine is leveraged to catch and correct defects nearly as quickly as they are generated as well as scale SAM development across a large diverse team of contributors. By leveraging and tailoring this process to meet program needs, one may improve the quality, development tempo, and rigor of their SAM.



Chris Swickline serves as a Senior Principle Digital Engineer within the Digital Systems Engineering group of Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC’s) Engineering Innovation Factory (EIF). The EIF works to develop and employ modern, efficient approaches that reduce risk and friction in applying emerging technologies to satisfy customer needs and ensure mission success. Within the EIF, he develops and applies Digital Engineering (DE) strategies and capabilities, with an emphasis on Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE); across land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace domain missions. Mr. Swickline has spent the majority of his career developing multifunction systems in support Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and Non-Kinetics (Electronic Warfare, Signals Intelligence etc.). He received his Masters of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University in Systems Engineering and a Bachelors of Science degree from Penn State University in Computer Science.


Heidi has 14 years of defense engineering expertise with an emphasis on results-driven Model Based Systems Engineering and enabling the digital transformation. She is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).  She was Chair of the MBE Community of Practice for Northrop Grumman 2016-2018 and is currently co-chair of the Digital Engineering Community of Practice for SAIC. Heidi is an Army Veteran who served as a Missile Defense Early Warning Engineer/Operator/Technician (JTAGS) for two years and finds motivation as an engineer by making a difference in the mission and day-to-day effectiveness and safety of the Warfighter.

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