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As a landmark text in Systems Engineering (SE) ...
Systems Engineering Analysis, Design, and Development is THE most authoritative and comprehensive compilation of SE concepts, principles, and practices published to date.
If you are: (1) an instructor striving to produce world-class students and leaders, (2) a seasoned Engineer seeking to learn SE problem-solving and solution development methods, (3) an SE developing a competency in in the discipline, or (3) an Enterprise Executive or Manager developing multi-discipline SE organizational capabilities, this text is for you.
Finally, Someone Has "Codified" Systems Engineering as a Discipline ...
Whereas most textbooks are written to satisfy a "publish or perish" academic mission, Systems Engineering Analysis, Design, and Development is written as a SOLUTION to project performance issues traceable to deficiencies in Engineering education. Exacerbating the problem are, industry and government managers who are unaware of WHY and HOW outdated Engineering and SE methods contribute to poor project performance issues.
This new 2nd Edition presents and explains SE concepts and practices via icon-based breakout Principles, Author's Notes, Mini-Cases, and Examples supported by over 250 color figures and over 300 references. Collectively, the concepts, principles, and practices equip the reader with most comprehensive set of SE discipline knowledge including Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Agile Development methods and enables them to transition into industry and government to perform on multi-discipline teams and complex projects. An Amazon purchaser and professional best described it as follows:
"I have several Systems Engineering reference books on my desk, but this is the ONE that I use nearly every single day. It is the most useful reference I have."
Textbooks Mislabeled as "Systems Engineering" ...
For decades, publishers released texts titled "Systems Engineering." Unfortunately, readers are lead to believe that the contents of those texts define what Systems Engineering is and what SEs perform. Factually, most of these texts only address a subset of the SE discipline. Notable examples are texts that:
* Claim "Principles" as a subtitle but deliver no principles.
* Are titled "Systems Engineering" but the contents address Acquisition and Management.
* Focus on Specialty Engineering equations, a subset of SE, that are the comfort zone of Engineering Instructors with little or no industry experience.
With emphasis on Systems Thinking problem-solving and solution development, this new 2nd Edition:
* Provides a much broader and deeper understanding of the totality of the SE discipline, not just a subset.
* Enables the reader to establish disciplinary knowledge that can be tempered and validated over time with experiential project knowledge and subsequently lead to a competency in the SE discipline.
Plug & Chug ...Specify-Design-Build-Test-Fix Engineering IS NOT Systems Engineering ...
Today, industry, government, academia, professional, and standards organizations are still anchored in a 1980's abstract form of Systems Engineering - "Plug & Chug" - Specify-Design-Build-Test-Fix, an educational derivative of the Scientific Method, which is outdated, ad hoc, ineffective, inefficient, and erroneously perceived to be SE.
Unfortunately, when Engineers employ the "Plug & Chug" Specify-Design-Build-Test-Fix approach and project performance is poor, Systems Engineering is incorrectly blamed. The new 2nd Edition sets the reader on a path to performing bona fide SE.
Processes, Certifications, Assessments Are ... Necessary but Insufficient ...
Since the 1990's, corporations have invested significant resources in documenting processes, attaining ISO certification, ISO 15288 compliance, Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) assessment, INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification, training, etc. Yet, very little Return on Investment (ROI) has been achieved. As a result:
* Projects continue to exhibit technical compliance issues, late delivery performance, cost overruns, and increased risk.
* Engineers are stereotyped by Project Managers and Executives as always "gold plating" a design or never being able to finish it.
This new 2nd Edition provides the multi-discipline solution to help eliminate the outdated, ad hoc, ineffective, and inefficient methods of the 1980's that continue to plague Project and Engineering performance.
I encourage you to read Systems Engineering Analysis, Design, and Development: Concepts, Principles, and Practices and refer it to your colleagues. If you want to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in how you, your project, functional organization, and Enterprise view and correct outdated SE methods to improve project performance, this text is for you.
Best Wishes for Success!
Charles S. Wasson
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Praise for the first edition:
“This excellent text will be useful to every system engineer (SE) regardless of the domain. It covers ALL relevant SE material and does so in a very clear, methodical fashion. The breadth and depth of the author's presentation of SE principles and practices is outstanding.” –Philip Allen
This textbook presents a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to System Engineering analysis, design, and development via an integrated set of concepts, principles, practices, and methodologies. The methods presented in this text apply to any type of human system -- small, medium, and large organizational systems and system development projects delivering engineered systems or services across multiple business sectors such as medical, transportation, financial, educational, governmental, aerospace and defense, utilities, political, and charity, among others.
- Provides a common focal point for “bridging the gap” between and unifying System Users, System Acquirers, multi-discipline System Engineering, and Project, Functional, and Executive Management education, knowledge, and decision-making for developing systems, products, or services
- Each chapter provides definitions of key terms, guiding principles, examples, author’s notes, real-world examples, and exercises, which highlight and reinforce key SE&D concepts and practices
- Addresses concepts employed in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Model-Driven Design (MDD), Unified Modeling Language (UMLTM) / Systems Modeling Language (SysMLTM), and Agile/Spiral/V-Model Development such as user needs, stories, and use cases analysis; specification development; system architecture development; User-Centric System Design (UCSD); interface definition & control; system integration & test; and Verification & Validation (V&V)
- Highlights/introduces a new 21st Century Systems Engineering & Development (SE&D) paradigm that is easy to understand and implement.
- Provides practices that are critical staging points for technical decision making such as Technical Strategy Development; Life Cycle requirements; Phases, Modes, & States; SE Process; Requirements Derivation; System Architecture Development, User-Centric System Design (UCSD); Engineering Standards, Coordinate Systems, and Conventions; et al.
Thoroughly illustrated, with end-of-chapter exercises and numerous case studies and examples, Systems Engineering Analysis, Design, and Development, Second Edition is a primary textbook for multi-discipline, engineering, system analysis, and project management undergraduate/graduate level students and a valuable reference for professionals.