Systems Of Systems Training

Commitment 2 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
User Ratings Average User Rating 4.8 See what learners said
Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Today’s operational environments are dominated by complex Systems of Systems. We now create unprecedented scope and complexity. Extended life cycles, legacy systems, and ongoing re-architecting add to the difficulty. Success requires sound methods to manage complexity while maintaining the integrity of the design and supporting shifting operational priorities.

When you think your systems should be working together better than they are, Systems Of Systems Training presents detailed, useful techniques to develop effective systems of systems and manage the engineering activities associated with them. The course is designed for program managers, project managers, systems engineers, technical team leaders, logistic support leaders, and others who take part in developing today’s complex systems.

The Collective Emergent Robotics Exercise gives students the opportunity to practice the skills taught in the course while collaboratively developing an evolving system of systems consisting of actual operating robots.

  • 2 days of Systems Of Systems Training with an expert instructor
  • Systems Of Systems Training Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Systems Of Systems course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Capabilities engineering methods
  • Architecture frameworks
  • Practical uses of complexity theory
  • Integration strategies to achieve higher-level capabilities
  • Effective collaboration methods
  • T&E for large-scale architectures
  • We can adapt this Systems Of Systems course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Systems Of Systems Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Systems Of Systems around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Systems Of Systems course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Systems Of Systems course:

  • All

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Systems Of Systems course are:

  • N/A


  1. Systems of Systems (SoS) Concepts. What SoS can achieve? Capabilities engineering vs. requirements engineering. Operational issues: geographic distribution, concurrent operations. Development issues: evolutionary, large scale, distributed. Interoperability and synergy in C4ISR. Roles of a project leader in relation to integration and scope control.
  2. Complexity Concepts. Complexity and chaos; scale-free networks; complex adaptive systems; small worlds; synchronization; strange attraction; emergent behaviors. Introduction to the theories and how to work with them in a practical world.
  3. Architecture. Design strategies for large-scale architectures. Architectural Frameworks include the DOD Architectural Framework (DODAF), TOGAF, Zachman Framework, and FEAF. How to use design patterns, constitutions, and synergy. Re-Architecting in an evolutionary environment. Working with legacy systems. Robustness and graceful degradation at the design limits. Optimization and measurement of quality. Systems Of Systems Training
  4. Integration. Integration strategies for SoS with systems that originated outside the immediate control of the project staff, the difficulty of shifting SoS priorities over the operating life of the systems. Loose coupling integration strategies, the design of open systems, integration planning and implementation, interface design, use of legacy systems, and COTS.
  5. Collaboration. The SOS environment and its special demands on systems engineering. Collaborative efforts that extend over long periods of time and require effort across organizations. Collaboration occurs explicitly or implicitly, at the same time or at disjoint times, even over decades. Responsibilities from the SoS side and from the component systems side, strategies for managing collaboration, concurrent and disjoint systems engineering; building on the past to meet the future. Strategies for maintaining the integrity of systems engineering efforts over long periods of time when working in independent organizations.
  6. Testing and Evaluation. Testing and evaluation in the SoS environment with unique challenges in the evolutionary development. Multiple levels of T&E, why the usual success criteria no longer suffice. Why interface testing is necessary but isn’t enough. Operational definitions for evaluation. Testing for chaotic behavior and emergent behavior. Testing responsibilities in the SoS environment
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