Systems Engineering AND Systems Thinking AT A GLANCE

At Northrop Grumman, we innovate to provide advanced defense/security solutions and capabilities to our customers. A critical approach is Systems Thinking, which allows us to design and deliver complex products that are critical to global security.

A Systems Thinking culture is key to our business and success. Systems Thinking goes beyond the ability to perform program engineering, to include all of our employees helping to solve complex problems. This process keeps in mind the impact of every decision on the rest of the system and ensures decisions will be sound for the entire system from initial concept, to capture and through sustainment. Developing a strong Systems Thinking culture, including world-class Systems Engineering, across the organization from top to bottom is a key discriminator for Northrop Grumman and allows us to better execute on programs, increase customer confidence and grow our business.

Systems Engineering is a key tenet to creating first-time quality and sustainable performance. We work to communicate and emphasize the importance of Systems Engineering company-wide, across all functions, to ensure that we create value strategically.

Systems Thinking and Systems Engineering play a critical role within program teams and across the company. Systems engineers ensure the product or solution being developed fully meets mission objectives and is delivered to the customer as intended. Systems Engineering considers the business and technical needs of customers with the goal of providing a quality product or solution that delivers the objective. When executed well, Systems Engineering adds value by creating sound proposals, clear requirements, robust designs and effective testing.

Our culture of Systems Thinking is essential to derive the full benefit of our world class Systems Engineering. Adopting a Systems Thinking mindset across our company – to programs and projects of all sizes and scope as well as our day-to-day activities – reinforces our systems-engineered solution development as we drive individual, team and company-sustained top performance.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Our culture of Systems Thinking is essential to derive the full benefit of our world class Systems Engineering. Adopting a Systems Thinking mindset across our company – to programs and projects of all sizes and scope as well as our day-to-day activities – reinforces our systems-engineered solution development as we drive individual, team and company-sustained top performance.