1st Edition

Thinking A Guide to Systems Engineering Problem-Solving

By Howard Eisner Copyright 2019
    121 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    121 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Thinking: A Guide to Systems Engineering Problem-Solving focuses upon articulating ways of thinking in today’s world of systems and systems engineering. It also explores how the old masters made the advances they made, hundreds of years ago. Taken together, these considerations represent new ways of problem solving and new pathways to answers for modern times. Special areas of interest include types of intelligence, attributes of superior thinkers, systems architecting, corporate standouts, barriers to thinking, and innovative companies and universities.

    This book provides an overview of more than a dozen ways of thinking, to include: Inductive Thinking, Deductive Thinking, Reductionist Thinking, Out-of-the-Box Thinking, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Disruptive Thinking, Lateral Thinking, Critical Thinking, Fast and Slow Thinking, and Breakthrough Thinking. With these thinking skills, the reader is better able to tackle and solve new and varied types of problems.


    • Proposes new approaches to problem solving for the systems engineer
    • Compares as well as contrasts various types of Systems Thinking
    • Articulates thinking attributes of the great masters as well as selected modern systems engineers
    • Offers chapter by chapter thinking exercises for consideration and testing
    • Suggests a "top dozen" for today’s systems engineers

    1. Aspects of Thinking. 2. Thinking Outside the Box. 3. Systems and Thinking. 4. Other Thinking Perspectives.
    5. Innovation. 6. Thinking: Miscellany. 7. Engineers with Special Thoughts. 8. Top Dozen for Systems Engineers. 9. Final Thoughts. Appendix Selected Thinkers – Past and Modern Day.


    Dr. Howard Eisner - Professor Emeritus of Engineering Management and Distinguished Research Professor, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    He holds a B.E.E., from City College of New York, an M.S., in Electrical Engineering, for Columbia University, and a Doctor of Science from George Washington University

    Dr. Eisner was trained as an engineer and spent much of his career in the command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) arena. For more than 30 years, he initiated, developed and technically managed contracts and programs dealing principally with engineering, computer systems, aerospace, communications and transportation. Major sponsors have been the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT).

    Dr. Eisner has written, published and presented over two hundred unclassified papers/reports/tutorials in various fields of engineering and related areas.