- A sole proprietorship of Rick Steiner.
- A small business registered with the General Services Administration (DUNS 020193067/CAGE 7FSM3).
- A Veteran Owned Small Business, currently seeking verification through the VA.
Rick Steiner is:
A Systems Engineer, Systems Architect, and systems modeling proponent with three decades of experience in military, aerospace and communications systems, and in deploying processes and tools in both large and small organizations. I am passionate about helping Systems Engineers do their jobs more effectively, and deriving greater satisfaction from their work.
Skygazer Consulting can:
- Take on contract work for awareness, training and consulting projects related to Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering Automation, and Model Based Systems Engineering.
- Submit proposals to the Federal Government and government contractors.
Capturing Systems Engineering Concepts in Models
SysML is designed to represent Systems Engineering concepts in models, where they can be effectively cross-connected, analyzed, and reviewed as a consistent system design baseline. This kind of system model effectively codifies the body of information previously contained in separate engineering documents; user needs, requirements, functional analysis, architecture, analysis plans, trade studies, resulting system design alternatives, integration & testing plans, and deployment strategies.
Assistance in deploying MBSE
Any MBSE deployment must begin by understanding the systems engineering maturity of your organization, suppliers, and customers, and by carefully assessing their readiness to meaningfully employ MBSE, I have helped clients succeed in MBSE deployment and incrementally add value to their systems engineering processes.
Why might you want my help?
I have led the deployment of new processes, tools, and collaboration vehicles in large engineering organizations. I have personally experienced many of the challenges of MBSE deployment. Here are a couple of key lessons:
Always work with current managers and subject matter experts to ensure they are each positively impacted by any proposed change.
Ensure that simple, familiar artifacts are retained for downstream processes. System engineering process changes in particular usually have a ripple effect on other processes.
Focus engineering process change on areas than can provide incremental value. Ensure each change project has pre-programmed evaluation points and off-ramps.
I listen, advise, guide, strategize, and plan with clients as they work through the deployment process, so that their approach to MBSE better meets their stakeholder needs and provides incremental value.
“For creative and industry-leading work in developing SysML and for demonstrating its value through its application to successful real-world projects.”
“Accomplished and recognized leader in systems engineering.”
An internal Raytheon software, systems, and enterprise architecture certification program consisting of both specialized training and practical system architecting experience.
Raytheon has met the accreditation requirements of The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) program and is an Accredited Certification Program provider.
29.5 years at Hughes/GM Hughes Electronics/Raytheon. Technical director, system architect and systems engineer on various Naval, Military, and communication systems. Resume available upon request.
Certified proficiency in SysML (the Systems Modeling Language): Content Developer for OCSMP exam, OCSMP Model Builder Advanced certification.
Co-Author, UML for Systems Engineering RFP,
Co-Author, OMG SysML specification (version 1.0 through current),
Co-Chair, OMG SysML Revision Task Force (version 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5)
Worked closely with Sanford Friedenthal and Alan Moore to co-author “A Practical Guide to SysML: The Systems Modeling Language” (all editions).
- A coach doesn't take the field. I don't intend to become embedded in a client's systems engineering organization. I intend to help my client's organization develop more capable systems engineers.
- A coach equips the players. I make sure key individuals know the basics of MBSE and SysML, and I work with them to meaningfully apply it to their specific domain or business. This involves selection of tools and methods, careful selection of pilot projects, and preparation of work instructions.
- A coach ensures that the players have a plan, and then guides them through executing it. I help clients prepare systems engineering strategy, procedures, tool and method selection, and training. My client's organic staff on the program are responsible for program execution, and it’s my role to make them successful.
- A coach encourages the team. I continue to engage my clients and collaborate with them in broader projects, participating in technical venues to share their successes and shape the future of systems engineering.
Most of my life I have been fascinated with the night sky. As a boy, the stars captivated me with their beautiful chaos. I earnestly tried to make sense of them in their clumpy randomness. In time I learned to recognize simple patterns, then use them as guideposts to find more complex patterns and other interesting objects. I have come to regard the constellations as familiar companions, steadfastly accompanying me wherever I go in the world.
I see Systems Engineering as a way of recognizing patterns in the beautiful chaos of complex system development. These engineering patterns can become signposts, helping to highlight and reveal other patterns and provoking meaningful questions. They provide both a way of sharing an overall system understanding, and for recognizing the direction that a system development may be leading. System modeling is a powerful tool for codifying these patterns so that they can be meaningfully and consistently shared with others.