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SysML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Systems Modeling Language by Delligatti, Lenny (2013) Paperback Unknown Binding – November 18, 2013
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My company paid for Lenny's course for me so I am working through the course and using the book as a companion. In the meantime, I am referencing the book for the satellite models I am studying at work. Lenny uses a satellite model for his example so it's even better for my situation. He also makes an example SysML model available for free so you can work with the example model as you learn.
What is also not emphasized in the book and the example model (but probably should be) is the elements of good style when creating SysML models. How you organized your element structures, how to maximize repeatability, and good naming conventions are other benefits that you get when you use the book and the associated free SysML model. Highly recommended and an amazing bargain in the technical book market space.
As others have mentioned, this book makes a good companion to the seminal tome "A Practical Guide to SysML", by Friedenthal, Moore and Steiner. Of the two, Delligatti's book is far easier to digest. Additionally, it works hand-and-glove with Delligatti's OCSMP Accelerator™ SysML Training Course. A greatly appreciated plus is that he provides the example model "DellSat-77 Satellite" as a free download.
After introducing the “Three Pillars of MBSE” (languages, methods, and tools) it wisely focuses on the SysML language, which is the subject of the CSMP-User exam. The book’s organization reflects the structure of the SyML language. While each kind of diagram has a dedicated chapter, I really appreciated how a single recurring example – the design of the “DellSat-77” satellite – was used to build upon the techniques and insights developed in previous chapters.
The book was just right for me, an almost breezy 250 pages, including copious diagrams. Thanks to skillful editing and a conversational writing style, it’s an enjoyable read that provides just enough theory without getting bogged down by abstractions. With moderate effort, in about a week you’ll gain a well-rounded appreciation for SysML that positions you for further study.
For those interested in further study, the author points the way with plenty of references for alternative languages (e.g., UML, UPDM, BPMN, MARTE, SoaML), as well as for popular modeling methodologies (OOSEM, SYSMOD, or IBM Telelogic Harmony-SE) and tools (Cameo, Rhapsody, Enterprise Architect, Modelio, et al).
I’m familiar with most of the previous SysML books on the market. While no single book or reference can completely prepare you for the CSMP exam, I would highly recommend this book as your starting point.
Note: as of this writing, the publisher offers free access to the Safari online version for 45 days.
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You might find it a bit of a paradigm shift if you are not already familiar with at least the ideas behind model based engineering, because that is the domain of SysML. That is not any criticism of this book, however, just an observation that before studying SysML one should have some insight into model based engineering.
The 1 star review claimed that there were no diagrams in the Kindle book. The review rightly says that a book about a subject that is heavily involved with diagramming that contains no diagrams would be unbelievable. This review worried me greatly.
I agree: so much so that I didn't believe it, and I clicked to spend my 15 quid.
I can now reveal that this review can be the result of nothing more than a technical hitch of some sort. I now have the Kindle version and am looking at a diagram in it at this minute. I am reading it on the Kindle application on an Android tablet.
I have given this review 4 stars. I haven't yet read the book, but I am inclined to trust the judgement of those who have gone before me. Rest assured that the diagrams DO appear in the Kindle book.
I already knew a lot of UML when I started and was able to identify the differences and features of SysML. So I am well pleased with this book - the author is clearly an authority.