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A Framework for Complex System Development [Hardcover]

Paul B. Adamsen II

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May 31, 2000 0849322960 978-0849322969 1
Industry, government, and academic efforts to create a generalized systems engineering process have repeatedly fallen short. The outcome? Systems engineering failures that produce losses like the September 1999 destruction of the Mars Climate Orbiter. A simple information transfer error between teams motivated far-reaching managerial and technical changes at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory-evidence of systems engineering complexity. Struck by the amount of chaos that can quickly develop from such intricacy, the author has devoted several years to the development and refinement of the framework delineated in this work to help you "control the chaos".

A Framework for Complex System Development develops a generalized process that distinguishes between "time" and "logical" domains-how I/O evolves over time versus the instantaneous program state. Explicitly characterized and identified, they preserve the framework. By combining these views, you get an application specific process, versatile enough for many different contexts. It also defines the technical activities that constitute the system development process and how they connect and interact with managerial activities. You will be able to integrate these activities and realize the maximum potential for success.

A key element to success in today's paradigm of "faster, better, cheaper" systems and decreasing resource levels is a clear, workable plan that can be easily implemented. A Framework for Complex System Development illustrates such a plan, distilling the essential aspects of system design into a logical process for a well-organized development program. With A Framework for Complex System Development, you can use the author's approach-developed in the crucible of the real world-to develop sound complex systems in an organized and efficient manner.

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As a Co-Director of MIT's System Design and Management Program, of which Paul is an alumnus, it is especially pleasing to read his book A Framework for Complex System Development. This excellent, much-needed book fills a significant void in system architecting by presenting an integrating framework for large scale systems. It brings together best practices from a number of different fields, including aerospace, automotive and software from both the technical and managerial perspectives. As a practitioner with many years experience Paul recognizes the importance of the business aspects of product development and does a good job of balancing the technical and the business problems. This book is one of the first in the area of systems architecting and as such is an important step forward. I congratulate Paul on producing a broad ranging and readable text that will undoubtedly stimulate much debate.
-Professor John Williams, Co-Director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's System Design and Management Program

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