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18 Things You Can Do With Your System Models

18 Things You Can Do With Your System Models

System models are powerful tools that allow improving many aspects of Systems Engineering, from traceability, change management to test case generation. But there is also a dark side: Modeling can become an end in itself, without a clear definition of a goal for the model. Chaotic, hard

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7 Advantages of Face-to-Face Training

7 Advantages of Face-to-Face Training

E-Learning has been all the rage lately, and – let’s be honest – we’ve done our part with the launch of ReqIF.academy. We took all our knowledge of ReqIF and started to put it on-line, mostly free. And this is great for those who need this knowledge,

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Is Eclipse Papyrus Ready for Industry?

Is Eclipse Papyrus Ready for Industry?

Today’s guest article has been written by Carsten Pitz, who shares his insights about the state of Papyrus for modeling, which is likely to be interest to our readers. In particular, as an Eclipse based tool, Papyrus can be integrated with ReqIF Studio. Nevertheless, Papyrus has the

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How to Teach Systems Engineering Awareness: Interview with Paul Schreinemakers

How to Teach Systems Engineering Awareness:  Interview with Paul Schreinemakers

Paul Schreinemakers has over 25 years experience in product development in various domains. Paul started his career as a mechanical engineer with SRON, the Netherlands Institute for Space Research. During his 10 years at SRON he learned to apply Systems Engineering. Than Paul moved to Thales, being

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European ReqIF Workshop & INCOSE Interview

European ReqIF Workshop & INCOSE Interview

This is just a quick announcement for an upcoming event. We’d like to let you know that a face-to-face ReqIF workshop (English) will take place on April 28, 2017. You have the chance to get all your ReqIF questions answered and to dive deep into the subject

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Are Barcamps Better for Sharing Engineering Knowledge?

Are Barcamps Better for Sharing Engineering Knowledge?

In today’s fast moving world, it is a challenge to stay up to date. Traditionally, there are a number of formats for updating knowledge, including conferences, training workshops (in-house and external), certifications, books and more. Arguably, those formats involving being taught by real people are more expensive,

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ReqIF.academy: A Library for ReqIF and Requirements Exchange

ReqIF.academy: A Library for ReqIF and Requirements Exchange

Some readers of this blog may already have discovered a new website that we silently launched: In September, we made ReqIF.academy available to the public. Face-to-Face ReqIF Training for German Speakers For German speaking readers, we are organizing a one-day ReqIF training on October 28 in Nuremberg,

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UML Requirements Modeling – an Introduction

UML Requirements Modeling – an Introduction
Events for our German readers: Oct 28, 2016 (Nuremberg) – ReqIF Workshop >> Nov 19, 2016 (Hannover) – Modeling Crafstmanship Barcamp >> Requirements Modeling Series Introduction Requirements Model Model a Specification Modeling Textual Requirements UML Requirements Modeling For decades, requirements have been written primarily using natural language.Read more

How to Model Textual Requirements

How to Model Textual Requirements
Requirements Modeling Series Introduction Requirements Model Model a Specification Modeling Textual Requirements UML Requirements Modeling After laying the foundation for requirements modeling during the last three articles, we will finally look at actual requirements, and how to model them. In particular, this article discusses textual requirements. AtRead more

How to Model a Specification

How to Model a Specification

In the last two articles of this series, we learned what requirements modeling is in the first place, and why it is a good idea (if done right). We also learned that there is nothing magical about modeling, on the contrary: You may already do requirements modeling

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