Systems Engineering 2018-08-22T19:21:00+00:00

Systems Engineering

Program and project managers rely on systems engineering to help them balance cost, schedule, and performance considerations in developing systems for a variety of use cases in future scenarios. Designing and developing systems requires careful consideration of the system lifecycle from “lust” (identification of a need) to “dust” (eventual disposal of the system). Decisions made early in the lifecycle commit 80% of the system lifecycle costs, so it is critical to maintain an open, innovative mindset to clarify the issues, develop creative alternatives, and facilitate integration efforts that lead to project and program success. Our innovative approach to engineering, modeling, and decision analysis help leaders complete an expeditious yet comprehensive assessment of the design tradespace and determine how and when to make those critical decisions influencing cost, schedule, and performance for years to come. We are using these analytical methods to create Set-Based Design concepts. Our analysts provide the full spectrum of systems engineering services to customers in the intelligence community, national defense agencies, and commercial organizations.

Stakeholder Motivation and Engagement

Stakeholder interaction is critical to identifying future needs and developing the tradespace for system design, integration and deployment. These services include creation of operational concepts that include mission requirements, usage scenarios, and definition of the system boundary; requirements development and derivation; functional and behavioral modeling; analysis of alternatives; tracing requirements to architectural elements and test requirements; and definition of the test system. Our expertise in system modeling, simulation, design of experiments, and risk analysis helps stakeholders see the value and risks in potential systems without engaging in expensive, time-consuming, ad hoc trial and error efforts.

Rarely are systems decisions made by a single individual. Our roots are in the systems engineering and group decision process disciplines mitigate risk and maximize opportunities for success through inclusive, facilitated interaction among all stakeholders.

IDI engagements begin with the same first three steps:

1. Define the problem (or opportunity)
2. Engage stakeholders
3. Clarify the problem

We find that engagement with stakeholders and facilitated sessions are essential to clarifying organizational values, developing an understanding of data sources and quality, exposing hidden objectives or constraints, and understanding the art of the possible for the client’s risk or opportunity — requiring a decision and investment of time, money, and physical resources.

Facilitating Organizational Success

We pride ourselves on being skilled diplomats who are confident and capable of managing the needs and opinions of several different stakeholders. Our team knows that organizational success is frequently influenced more by the engagement and interaction among stakeholders than by the final decision. This makes IDI a valued member of many teams where we facilitate collaboration and blend into our teammates’ culture and norms.


We mitigate the risk of systems lifecycle design and management, through:

  • Requirements clarification
  • Conceptual and Preliminary Design
  • Detailed Design and Integration
  • Systems Test and Evaluation
  • Systems Acquisition
  • Cost Analysis
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Set-Based Design
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering

Have you identified a need, but don’t know where to start to develop cost-effective solutions?

Let IDI illuminate the systems engineering path that leads to success while minimizing risk.

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