4. The Fourth Principle: Evidence- and Risk-Based Decisions
“Look before you leap.”
“He who hesitates is lost.”
Principle 3 emphasizes having a variety of systems engineers and stakeholders concurrently understanding the system’s needs, envisioning opportunities, exercising prototypes, and developing, verifying, and validating operations concepts, requirements, architectures, and life-cycle plans. Without some mechanism to synchronize and stabilize all of this concurrency, this could be a recipe for chaos.
One of the several contributions of Principle 4 is to serve as a means to synchronize and stabilize the concurrent activities and system artifacts. As discussed in explaining Figure 0-6 (the ICSM Concurrency ...