Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken United States
In December 2016, the Helix team released Atlas 1.0 The Theory of Effective Systems Engineers. It described the common roles, positions, patterns, skills, and characteristics of systems engineers, the common values they provide, and the organizational context that could support or inhibit their effectiveness. This has been updated through the Teams work in 2017,and Atlas 1.1 SERC-2018-TR-101-A was released concurrently with this document. 2018 Whenever Atlas is presented, there are many questions about how to take the theory and apply it in practice. As the Helix team has continued to collect data and has worked with and received feedback from organizations that are using and reviewing Atlas as a mechanism to improve their systems engineering workforce development, the team has captured approaches that may facilitate and potential pitfalls that may inhibit these improvements. This document provides attributed examples from the organizations that have publicly shared insights on their use of Atlas, as well as other lessons learned the team has gathered over the five years of the project. Note that in Helix, the team has strict protocols in place to protect the anonymity of participating organizations and individuals this is why only organizations that have publicly shared their stories are named here.