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Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-20757-4
512 pages
October 2011
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The Third Edition of Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management enables readers to manage the design, development, and engineering of systems effectively and efficiently. The book both defines and describes the essentials of project and systems engineering management and, moreover, shows the critical relationship and interconnection between project management and systems engineering. The author's comprehensive presentation has proven successful in enabling both engineers and project managers to understand their roles, collaborate, and quickly grasp and apply all the basic principles.
Readers familiar with the previous two critically acclaimed editions will find much new material in this latest edition, including:
  • Multiple views of and approaches to architectures
  • The systems engineer and software engineering
  • The acquisition of systems
  • Problems with systems, software, and requirements
  • Group processes and decision making
  • System complexity and integration
Throughout the presentation, clear examples help readers understand how concepts have been put into practice in real-world situations.

With its unique integration of project management and systems engineering, this book helps both engineers and project managers across a broad range of industries successfully develop and manage a project team that, in turn, builds successful systems. For engineering and management students in such disciplines as technology management, systems engineering, and industrial engineering, the book provides excellent preparation for moving from the classroom to industry.
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Preface.

PART I: OVERVIEW.

1. Systems, Projects and Management.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Systems and Projects.

1.3 Problems in Managing Engineering Projects.

1.4 The Systems Approach.

1.5 The Project Organization.

1.6 Organizational Environments and Factors.

1.7 Large-Scale Organization and Management Issues.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

2. Overview of Essentials.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Project Management Essentials.

2.3 Systems Engineering Process and Management Essentials.

2.4 Historical Overview of Acquisition Notions.

2.5 Selected Standards.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

PART II: PROJECT MANAGEMENT.

3. The Project Plan.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Needs, Goals, Objectives, and Requirements.

3.3 Task Statements, Statement of Work (SOW), and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).

3.4 Technical Approach.

3.5 Schedule.

3.6 Organization, Staffing, and Task Responsibility Matrix (TRM).

3.7 Budget.

3.8 Risk Analysis.

3.9 The Proposal.

3.10 The SEMP and the SEP.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

4. Schedule, Cost and Situation Analysis.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Schedule Analysis and Monitoring.

4.3 Cost Analysis and Monitoring.

4.4 Situation Analysis.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

5. The Project Manager and Leadership.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Project Manager Attributes.

5.3 Self-Evaluation.

5.4 Interactions with Your Supervisor.

5.5 Customer Interaction.

5.6 Leadership.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

6. Team Building and Team Interactions.

6.1 Introduction.

16.2 Communications.

6.3 Building the Project Team.

6.4 Team Busters.

6.5 Conflict Management.

6.6 Meetings.

6.7 Presentations.

6.8 Proposals.

6.9 A Note on Motivation and Incentives.

6.10 Another Team-Related Perspective.

6.11 Group Processes.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

PART III: SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT.

7. The Thirty Elements of Systems Engineering.

7.1 Overview of the Systems Approach and Engineering Process.

7.2 Two Systems Engineering Perspectives.

7.3 The Thirty Elements of Systems Engineering.

7.4 The Importance of Domain Knowledge in Systems Engineering.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

8. Requirements Analysis and Allocation.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Department of Defense (DOD) Perspectives.

8.3 A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Perspective.

8.4 The Organization of Requirements Statements.

8.5 Specific Requirements Statements.

8.6 Essential Steps of Requirements Analysis.

8.7 Derived and Allocated Requirements.

8.8 Other Requirements Issues.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

9. System Architecting: Principles.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 A View of Systems Architecting.

9.3 A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Perspective.

9.4 Architecture Descriptions.

9.5 Essential Steps of System Architecting.

9.6 The 95% Solution.

9.7 Trade-Offs and Sensitivity Analyses.

9.8 Modeling and Simulation.

9.9 Other Architectures and Tools.

9.10 Summary.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

10. Software Engineering.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Standards.

10.3 Software Management Strategies.

10.4 Capability Maturity.

10.5 Metrics.

10.6 The Systems Engineer and Software Engineering.

10.7 Summary.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

11. Selected Quantitative Relationships.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Basic Probability Relationships.

11.3 The Binomial Distribution.

11.4 The Poisson Distribution.

11.5 The Normal (Gaussian) Distribution.

11.6 The Uniform Distribution.

11.7 The Exponential Distribution.

11.8 The Rayleigh Distribution.

11.9 Error Analyses.

11.10 Radar Signal Detection.

11.11 System Reliability.

11.12 Software Reliability.

11.13 Availability.

11.14 A Least Squares Fit.

11.15 Summary.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

PART IV: TRENDS, PERSPECTIVES AND INTEGRATIVE MANAGEMENT.

12. Systems/Software Engineering and Project Management Trends.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Systems Engineering Trends.

12.3 Software Engineering Trends.

12.4 Project Management Trends.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

13. Selected New Perspectives.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Role of INCOSE.

13.3 Acquisition of Systems.

13.4 Problems in Systems and Software.

13.5 Integration of Systems.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

14. Integrative Management.

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Managers as Integrators.

14.3 Teams as Integrators.

14.4 Plans as Integrators.

14.5 The Systems Approach as Integrator.

14.6 Methods and Standards as Integrators.

14.7 Information Systems as Integrators.

14.8 Enterprises as Integrators.

14.9 Thinking Outside the Box.

14.10 Summary.

Questions/Exercises.

References.

Appendix: Systems Architecting--Cases.

A.1 Introduction.

A.2 A Logistics Support System (Case 1).

A.3 A Software Defects Assessment System (Case 2).

A.4 A Systems Engineering Environment (Case 3).

A.5 An Anemometry System (Case 4).

A.6 Summary.

References.

Index.

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Howard Eisner, DSc, is Distinguished Research Professor and Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at The George Washington University. Prior to joining the university in 1989, Dr. Eisner held various positions in industry, including president of two systems and software engineering companies, Intercon Systems Corporation and Atlantic Research Services Corporation. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.
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Expands upon such areas as:
  • fixed price contracts
  • leadership
  • architecting of systems
  • systems integration
  • software problems
  • integrated capability maturity model
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  • Focuses on the practical integration of systems engineering and project man-agement-contains real world examples throughout.
  • Presents the material in a non-mathematical format for both engineers and managers to understand and employ the basics quickly.
  • Contains information on the use of computer-based tools to aid in project management and systems engineering implementation.
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