Model-Based Systems Engineering: Three Key Lessons from Industry Leaders

MBSE Model-Based Systems Engineering: Three Key Lessons from Industry Leaders

This blog will uncover key lessons from industry leaders, exploring strategic advantages of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), emphasizing the need for long-term strategies, C-suite buy-in, and structured expertise to leverage its MBSE's full potential in aligning engineering, management, and production for innovative product development.

Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) allows companies to access a robust digital thread, streamlining product complexity and taking full advantage of digital transformation, where multiple domain architectures come together for a smooth, innovative product launch. Within a single integrated environment, you can ensure your product is planned and executed in the correct sequence with full traceability based on requirements.

If you’re interested in implementing MBSE, or maybe you’re about to begin your journey, take a closer look at the key three lessons for MBSE, founded by respected leaders in the industry.


Lesson One: MBSE Is a Long-Term Strategy

Torifinn Tobiassen – Manager of Hardware Development at Kongsberg Defense in Aerospace.

With MBSE being such a robust ecosystem, the capabilities and tools within MBSE cannot be used fully for short-term solutions; a long-term strategy is necessary to fully grasp all the potential and benefits MBSE has to offer.

“I believe it will take another ten years before we understand MBSE’s efficiencies. We have carried out some early-stage comparisons with Document-based Systems Engineering and the early signs are a 50% increase in efficiency. Tests are ongoing though. You just have to believe in it but be patient as it takes time. Implement small-scale initiatives to prove it works and to keep both champions and sponsors onside.” -Torifinn Tobiassen – Manager of Hardware Development at Kongsberg Defense in Aerospace.

To implement MBSE into your long-term strategies, there are three things your organization needs:

  • A strong commitment from management and key technical personnel
  • A motivated and highly skilled core team – if people need convincing, hire new people instead.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the details and definitions of model-based thinking.


Torfinn’s five rules of change management:

  1. Think big, start small. Evolve as you go
  2. Respond to needs
  3. Only roll-out solutions that work (if it doesn’t work, your distractors will use it against you)
  4. Headhunt motivated people (we use students, eager to learn, open-minded)
  5. Be patient, never give up (focus on initial goal and never lose sight)


Lesson Two: Achieve C-Suite Buy-In and Take Everyone On The Journey Together

Peter Blom – Scania’s Senior Business IT Analyst

It is critical to obtain support and commitment from senior leadership within the organization for successful Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) practices.

“We believe in what we’re doing but the challenge is definitely around agreeing who has responsibility overall since the tools are controlled by different parts of the business, which have their own language and individual priorities. This journey will see us bring everyone together to drive forward in the same direction. We need everyone to see the same picture. You can only achieve this if you have the commitment from the very top of the organisation.” – Peter Blom – Scania’s Senior Business IT Analyst.


Lesson Three: Win The Hearts and Minds With Structures and Expertise

Jörg Heihoff-Schwede, Requirements Engineering Domain Lead at CLAAS KGaA mbH

When implementing MBSE, it is crucial to establish structured approaches and methodologies. It is also critical to have an engaged and knowledgeable expert as part of the process.

“In 2017, we submitted our first pilot application for a RE-S Framework. It took two years to come to fruition. We then set up the Systems Engineering Solution Lab (SESL). Over time, mindsets within the organisation have changed as the long-term commitment has played out, which is an advantage. We started a Domain Systems Evaluation, the first step in Architecture Modelling Enhancement of SE Education. We started with requirements, but we were always setting the mindset for Systems Engineering. Preparing methodologies, structures and mindsets is important along with having motivated people and experts onboard.” – Jörg Heihoff-Schwede, Requirements Engineering Domain Lead at CLAAS KGaA mbH


Model-Based Systems Engineering has benefited many companies with its strategic and transformative ecosystem that aligns engineering, management, and production for efficient outcomes. To gain full benefits and capabilities that MBSE has to offer, companies must have patience, top-level commitment, and a skilled team, to make a shift towards a transformative product development process.

Read our “Exploring Model-Based Systems Engineering With Dassault Systemes” eBook to gain a better understanding of what MBSE is and how to integrate it fully into your product design processes.