TALKS ETC.

Here is a partial list of recent and forthcoming speaking engagements.

Scandinavian Systems Engineering Summer School, 21-26 August 2016, course on “Systems Architecting Fundamentals”: click here for brochure.

INCOSE International Symposium, Edinburgh, July 2016:

Tutorial: Systems Resilience Fundamentals; I had a small but very enthusiastic  and competent group for this tutorial. The material, structure and pacing seemed to work really well. If your organisation needs to get up to speed on resilience, I can deliver this highly participative one-day tutorial at your location, or here in Edinburgh.

Paper: “A case study of a successful system: the Scottish Lighthouses from the 18th to the 21st Century”

Three Panel sessions:

  • Architecture: Snake Oil or Panacea? (Great feedback, see post)
  • Making Systems Engineering Happen in Your Organization: The Learning Journey
  • Fundamental tensions of working with complex systems: download slides and read position paper.

Heriot Watt University, guest lecture to Systems Thinking and Analysis course, March 10th 2016

Invited participant in DfT SAC Workshop on “Systems Thinking”, February 2016


Scandinavian Systems Engineering Summer School, August 2015 – course on Systems Architecting and Design.

Nordic Systems Engineering Tour – Stockholm 3rd June 2015: Hillary Sillitto, Tom Strandberg and Peter Henriksson: Design challenges in the third age of systems engineering – open systems on a closed planet, and impact for the nordic region

The KTN’s ICT Webinar Series on Systems Engineering – four webinars delivered during March and April 2015. This is part of a series of webinars run by the ICT Knowledge Transfer Network, part of the UK Government agency “Innovate UK”. They will stay on line as a freely available resource.


View the recordings of the webinars:

Webinar 1 introduces the concepts of Systems Engineering and System Architecting, and discusses: thinking about systems, complexity and architecting; the why and how of system architecting; and an architecting approach for making the connection from enterprise to system.

Webinar 2 is about architecting in the problem space, understanding stakeholder interests and values and critical success factors, establishing purpose, context and measures of effectiveness of the system, developing the operational architecture and defining the system as a black box.

Webinar 3 is about solution architecting and focuses on consolidating the boundary definition and developing the system, logical and physical perspectives.

Webinar 4 is about the decision perspective, and goes on to discuss architecture modelling and architecture frameworks, and architecting the lifecycle, finishing with a brief discussion of “why projects still overspend” and the “measures of effectiveness” for systems engineering and architecting.


12th March 2015, guest lecture to Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh) Systems Thinking course.

20th January 2015, CERN, Geneva – invited keynote at the PURESAFE project final conference.


20th November, Systems Centre, University of Bristol – “Architecting Systems” guest lecture for the Sustainable Systems course

4th November 2014, Naples – Invited keynote at Workshop on Open System Dependability, ISSRE 2014

4th September 2014, Edinburgh – Workshop on “Future of Software Engineering and Training”, opening talk on Software challenges in the Third Age of Systems Engineering – “Open Systems on a Closed Planet”

28th August 2014, St Andrews, Scotland – Invited lecture to the SPIE Student Division workshop on “Managing Product Development in Photonics Industry”

March 2014, Berlin – Invited keynote to the Design Society Rigi Workshop Science Day


July 2013, Singapore – Gurus in Systems Thinking (GiST)  series, invited 2-day workshop on “Design Principles for Ultra-Large Scale Systems”.