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ISBN-13: 978-0470167359 ISBN-10: 0470167351 Edition: 4th

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A top-down, step-by-step, life-cycle approach to systems engineering

In today's environment, there is an ever-increasing need to develop and produce systems that are robust, reliable, high quality, supportable, cost-effective, and responsive to the needs of the customer or user. Reflecting these worldwide trends, System Engineering Management, Fourth Edition introduces readers to the full range of system engineering concepts, tools, and techniques, emphasizing the application of principles and concepts of system engineering and the way these principles aid in the development, utilization, and support of systems.

Viewing systems engineering from both a technical and a management perspective, this fully revised and updated edition extends its coverage to include:

  • The changing areas of system requirements

  • Increasing system complexities

  • Extended system life cycles versus shorter technology cycles

  • Higher costs and greater international competition

  • The interrelationship of project management and systems engineering as they work together at the project team level

Supported by numerous, real-life case studies, this new edition of the classic resource demonstrates—step by step—a comprehensive, top-down, life-cycle approach that system engineers can follow to reduce costs, streamline the design and development process, improve reliability, and win customers.

About the Author

Benjamin S. Blanchard is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. Professor Blanchard is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). In 2000, he was awarded INCOSE's Pioneer Award for his contributions to the field as an "esteemed practitioner, teacher, and advocate of systems engineering."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470167351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470167359
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is aimed at the system engineer who is involved in product design and engineering or involved in government contracting and must produce system engineering management plans (SEMPs). It is also applicable to organizations who have or are planning to use the capability maturity model (CMM) to improve their effectiveness. For the intended audience this book is both comprehensive and complete. There are eight chapters, each followed by case studies, questions and problems, and six appendices.
It starts with a foundation of the basics, such as definitions, system engineering life cycle, analysis and concurrent engineering. It then builds upon this foundation by addressing all of the elements of a well-managed system engineering program: integrated product and process development, TQM, configuration management, support and logistics. Each element is discussed in detail and placed into the context of a total system engineering environment.
The chapter on system design requirements is particularly complete and covers every facet of this discipline, including reliability, maintainability, safety, software, etc. There is a lot of good material here, which is reinforced by the next chapter that covers design tools and methods. The design process is concluded by a chapter on design review and evaluation, which is a foundation of good quality practices as well as a well-written SEMP.
The real heart of the book starts in chapter 6, which covers SE program planing. It covers program requirements, the SEMP itself and provides a statement of work. It then provides a complete work breakdown structure for implementing system engineering functions and tasks. This chapter provides a risk management plan that is well thought out and serves as an excellent template.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Roberts on December 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book (or something similar) really should be required for anyone graduating with an engineering degree who intends to work in industry.

Systems engineering is essentially the function that oversees any design effort to ensure that the resulting design does what it's supposed to. As such requirements are the bread and butter of systems engineering. The most visible job of the system engineer then is to turn the customer's desires into functional requirements, and then turn those requirements into something that can be designed to based on the system architecture the designers / system engineers prefer.

For example, consider if you have a city with a river through it and the local government wants to develop a system to carry cars across the river. The system engineer would first turn that desire into functional requirements. These would include requirements like: No. of cars per hour that can transit, can't interfere with riverborne ship traffic, growth in traffic that can be absorbed etc. From this you have something that you can verify design concepts against to see if they satisfy the customer desires, but actually can't pull out the ruler and calculators just yet. Systems engineers / designers would then consider options like a suspension bridge, a ferry system, or a tunnel beneath the river. Each of these system options would have their own architectures and the functional requirements would have to be translated into different design requirements for each. The bridge would have to be so high to allow ship traffic and have so many lanes and bear so much live weight. The ferry system would need so many ferries of such and such a carrying capacity. The tunnel would have to have so many lanes, would require such and such a ventilation capacity, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on August 7, 2008
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I read this book while taking a masters course in system engineering. Over all, the book was clear and written in a format that allowed for self study. This was very helpful for me since my course was primarily online. The material was slightly redundant. The central thesis of the book was the fact that a system engineer needs to conduct the proper upfront planning as well as establish clear processes to ensure successful system development/delivery. The goal of System Engineering is to provide a system that meets the customer's need/requirements. This book introduces how this can be accomplished through a repeated process.
The redundant nature of the text requires a lot of cross reference (page flipping) between chapters in order to match the text description with the figure discussed. The book is more managerial then technical; most laymen will be able to read it without assistance from an instructor. Expanded explanations of reliability engineering as well as ID/prioritization of Technical Performance Measures would have been helpful. This textbook provided a good introduction to the SE process. I highly recommend this text book if you work as a System Engineer or Project Engineer for the Navy or Marines. This book references and will support their standard acquisition process. I give this book 4 of 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 29, 2013
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I would recommend this book for anyone trying to streamline or improve their company's productivity, regardless of whether they have an engineering background. The book explains how to apply basic engineering principles (design, analysis, feedback, etc.) to any production system, from small software projects to large industrial and aeronautic projects. He references a wide array of disciplines ranging from software engineering to the military (DoD), and his writing is clear and easy to read.

The book maintains a focus on "providing a system that will fulfill a designated customer (consumer) need." Throughout the text, the author keeps referring back to a figure in the first chapter (Fig. 1.12) to hammer home the importance of a disciplined approach: conceptual design, then preliminary design, followed by detailed design. He also repeatedly reminds us that the engineering role does not end with design, but continues through production, support (maintenance), and retirement phases of the product life cycle. The book concludes with seven case studies.
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