INCOSE Chicagoland: Early Lifecycle Activities – Projects Doomed to Fail before NTP!

    Meeting Title: Early Lifecycle Activities – Projects Doomed to Fail before NTP!

    Speaker: Dale Brown

    Date:15 June 2023

    Venue: Hybrid

    : 06:30 – 08:00 PM (CDT)

    Registration required

    Presentation Abstract:

    Many North American Rail & Transit projects are now specifying ISO15288 and demanding Systems Engineering approaches in the RFP documents…yet they are still failing! This result seems especially pervasive in North America within large infrastructure projects and has been the status quo for many years. Examples and statistics will be presented.

    Unlike the aerospace, biotech, automotive and medical devices industries, there has been only marginal use of Systems Engineering – many times associated with a negative project ROI with no significant signs of improvement. There have been no “COVID-19 Ventilator Challenge” type success stories to encourage the Rail & Transit sector to truly embrace/enforce a disciplined requirements management approach.

    This presentation explores missing activities desperately needing systems thinking input during the early stages of a project lifecycle – all the way back to business planning and capital budgeting! Project failure modes, root causes and mitigation recommendations are provided. NOTE: This material will form the initial framework for a planned release of an APTA best practices publication: “APTA Systems Lifecycle Engineering Deployment Guide” – also planned to be a joint product release from APTA and INCOSE based on the MOU.


    In Person: The offices of Actalent in Schaumburg, IL

        1501 E. Woodfield Rd.

        Suite 300E (3rd Floor Conference Room)

        Schaumburg, IL  60173

    Virtually: via Zoom.

    6:30 – 7:00 PM CT – Announcements & Introductions

    7:00 – 8:15 PM CT – Feature Presentation and Q&A