Unlock the Power of MBSE

Explore a practical systems methodology based upon well-proven engineering principles to reduce development risk and drive consistent project success. This book is a guide to the new MBSE acolyte and a reminder to experienced practitioners.

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Touchstones of System Design

The primer addresses the basic concepts of model-based systems engineering. It covers the model, language, behavior, process, architecture, and verification and validation. It is a call to the consideration of the foundational principles behind those concepts.

What is a System

Systems exist wherever these three parts are present: parts, relationships, and a purpose.


Systems engineering is concerned with the design, building, and use of systems composed of concrete entities such as engines, machines, and structures. It is equally concerned with business systems, which are composed of processes.


Models are common to human experience as aids for understanding the way the world works.


Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is fundamentally a thought process. It provides the framework to allow the systems engineering team to be effective and consistent right from the start of any project.


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What Our Readers Are Saying

Thank you for sending the copy of the Primer. I already have two copies; however, for the systems engineering staff that I manage, it has been a very informative book to familiarize them with the MBSE process.

William Gleckler

Principal Systems Engineer with New York City Transit

The book is well laid out and provides for an interesting read. I highly recommend this book for those looking for a basic book on systems thinking.

Cort C.

The book could just as easily been entitled "The Hitchhikers Guide to MBSE" to reflect its underlying message of "Don't Panic" and its recurring mantra that reflects Jim's favorite metaphor of "peeling the onion." In true systems engineering style the book argues for both systemic and systematic processes using a design approach that proceeds in an "orderly, logical, and convergent manner" while addressing the totality of the customers' needs.

C. Haskins

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