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Agile Model-Based Systems Engineering Cookbook

By : Dr. Bruce Powel Douglass
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Agile Model-Based Systems Engineering Cookbook

By: Dr. Bruce Powel Douglass

Overview of this book

Agile MBSE can help organizations manage constant change and uncertainty while continuously ensuring system correctness and meeting customers’ needs. But deploying it isn’t easy. Agile Model-Based Systems Engineering Cookbook is a little different from other MBSE books out there. This book focuses on workflows – or recipes, as the author calls them – that will help MBSE practitioners and team leaders address practical situations that are part of deploying MBSE as part of an agile development process across the enterprise. Written by Dr. Bruce Powel Douglass, a world-renowned expert in MBSE, this book will take you through important systems engineering workflows and show you how they can be performed effectively with an agile and model-based approach. You’ll start with the key concepts of agile methods for systems engineering, but we won’t linger on the theory for too long. Each of the recipes will take you through initiating a project, defining stakeholder needs, defining and analyzing system requirements, designing system architecture, performing model-based engineering trade studies, all the way to handling systems specifications off to downstream engineering. By the end of this MBSE book, you’ll have learned how to implement critical systems engineering workflows and create verifiably correct systems engineering models.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

To get the most out of this book

To get the most out of this book, you will need a solid, but basic, understanding of SysML. In addition, in order to create the models, you will require a modeling tool. The concepts here are expressed in SysML, so any standards-compliant SysML modeling tool can be used.

All the example models in this book are developed using the IBM Rhapsody modeling tool (Designer for Systems edition). To execute models and run simulations, you will need the Cygwin C++ compiler (available at, although other C++ compilers could be used instead, such as Visual C++. The computable parametrics models use the Rhapsody Parametric Constraint Evaluator (PCE) profile that ships with Rhapsody and the Maxima mathematical tool (available at for evaluation.

Remember, the Rhapsody tool is not required in order to create these models. Other tools, such as Cameo Systems Modeler ( can be used instead. If you use Cameo Systems Modeler, you will want to use Cameo Simulation Toolkit for simulation and computation support.

You can access Cygwin C++ from and Maxima from