Jon Holt

Why Model-based Systems Engineering is becoming a necessity, rather than a luxury


The use of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) offers the potential for a rigorous, robust and repeatable approach to Systems Engineering in a world of ever-increasing complexity. Indeed, in their 2025 Vision, INCOSE predicts that by 2025 all Systems Engineering will be model-based. However, identifying the need for MBSE and successfully adopting MBSE are two completely different matters. Unfortunately, many myths and misconceptions surround MBSE that can become barriers to its effective and efficient adoption. In this presentation, Jon looks at the key issues of complexity and the fundamentals of MBSE that must be considered for any successful adoption. Also, the evolution of MBSE in an organization is considered to manage people’s expectations on how best to implement MBSE.

This presentation will help people decide how and why MBSE may be useful and rewarding in their organization and will provide a platform for considering a strategy for MBSE adoption.

Prof Jon Holt is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). He is an international award-winning author and public speaker and has authored 15 books on MBSE and its applications. Since 2014 he has been a Director and consultant for Scarecrow Consultants, who are ‘outstanding in the field of MBSE’. Jon is also a Professor of Systems Engineering at Cranfield University, where he is involved with the teaching of and research into MBSE. He is a Fellow of both the IET and the BCS and is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered IT Professional. Holt is currently the Technical Director of INCOSE UK, where he is responsible for all technical activities and, in 2015, was identified as one of the 25 most-influential Systems Engineers in the last 25 years by INCOSE. Jon is also actively involved in the promotion of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), where he uses magic, mind-reading and occasional escapology to promote Systems Engineering at Festivals, Cabarets, radio shows and other STEM events. He has also authored the children’s STEM book “Think Engineer,” which is published by INCOSE UK.