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Competitive Engineering: A Handbook For Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Using Planguage 1st Edition

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Competitive Engineering is a revolutionary project management method, proven by organizations worldwide

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Competitive Engineering documents Tom Gilb's unique, ground-breaking approach to communicating management objectives and systems engineering requirements, clearly and unambiguously.
Competitive Engineering is a revelation for anyone involved in management and risk control. Already used by thousands of project managers and systems engineers around the world, this is a handbook for initiating, controlling and delivering complex projects on time and within budget. Competitive Engineering copes explicitly with the rapidly changing environment that is a reality for most of us today.
Elegant, comprehensive and accessible, the Competitive Engineering methodology provides a practical set of tools and techniques that enable readers to effectively design, manage and deliver results in any complex organization - in engineering, industry, systems engineering, software, IT, the service sector and beyond.

* Detailed, practical and innovative coverage of key subjects including requirements specification, design evaluation, specification quality control and evolutionary project management
* A complete, proven and meaningful 'end-to-end' process for specifying, evaluating, managing and delivering high quality solutions
* Rich in detail and comprehensive in scope, with thought-provoking ideas on every page
* Tom Gilb's clients include HP, Intel, CitiGroup, IBM, Nokia and the US Department of Defense
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1 edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890422982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750665070
  • ASIN: 0750665076
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Haskins on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Competitive Engineering (CE) presents an updated contribution from Tom Gilb to the topics of systems engineering, software engineering and agile project execution. As a handbook, this work does not require the reader to have read prior works, although one is frequently invited to visit his website for additional information. From the title page, the reader receives an open invitation to enter into dialogue with [...].

Tom writes from a long practical background and with confidence that the Planguage Methods really work - if one is willing to give them a chance. However, this is not a new tyranny of methodology, but rather a rich tool set that can be adopted and adapted by a team or an organization.

The essential elements of Planguage are requirements specification (Chapters 2-6); Impact Estimation (Chapter 9), a technique unsurpassed in its ability to track the progress of a project toward achieving critical objectives; and evolutionary project management (Chapter 10), first introduced by Gilb in 1988. Specification Quality Control (Chapter 8) builds upon his earlier work on Inspections, see Gilb and Graham 1993. Chapter 7 discusses the design engineering process with cautionary advice about avoiding the trap of letting design specifications masquerade as requirements.

The book comes with a "friendly warning" that the ideas are presented in a very compact style. To ease the assimilation process, Tom includes a list of top 10 principles in each chapter. These pages, along with the "Twelve Tough Questions" in section 1.2, are worth the price of the book - but you may still want to read the supporting material for concrete suggestions about how to implement these principles. The book is also rich in diagrams and summary tables.
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My interest in the topic of competitive engineering (CE) was piqued several years ago when I heard very favorable comments about Tom Gilb's tutorial on that subject at the INCOSE 2002 Symposium in Las Vegas.

The book's subtitle is "A Handbook for Systems Engineering, Requirements Engineering, and Software Engineering Using Planguage". The term "Planguage" is central to an understanding of the book. Planguage, which is derived from a union of "plan" and "language", is the methodology for implementing CE. Much of the book is devoted to describing the generalized processes, rules, and vocabulary of Planguage. Tom notes, "Planguage should be viewed as a powerful way to develop and implement strategies that will help your projects to deliver the required competitive results." Fundamentally, the book presents a new take on best practices in systems engineering and management.

The book is useful on several levels. For organizations without a formal or documented process, tailoring of Planguage would jump start the process at a high level of maturity. For organizations that have achieved CMMI level 3 status, Planguage by itself is not as useful. However, many of the ideas of CE-the Planguage methods-are worth considering for enhancement of existing organizational processes. Tom states that CE is "about technological management, risk control, and breakthrough improvement in complex business systems, projects, and processes." CE is a believable approach for delivering complex projects on time and within budget.

The book passed my value-added test, when I realized that I was photocopying several pages for future reference, to be part of my "toolkit" of helpful tips and techniques. I particularly enjoyed reading the 10 often witty, summary principles in each chapter.
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A brilliant guide to complex systems development

Reviewer: Romilly Cocking from London, UK

This wonderful book explains how to deliver complex systems within time and budget, with a level of quality that will earn you a "wow!"

The book defines the five core processes of Competitive Engineering: Requirement Specification, Design Engineering, Specification Quality Control, Impact Estimation, and Evolutionary Project Management. It includes plenty of practical advice and lots of real-world examples. At the back you'll find a detailed glossary that contains precise definitions and detailed explanations of hundreds of the key concepts used in the book.

I loved the style, which is clear, practical and precise. I found it a demanding but very worthwhile read, not least because of the high density of ideas per chapter. There are things to think hard about on almost every page. Gilb's decades of practical experience in complex systems development are evident throughout the book.

Strongly recommended.
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Gilb's planguage approach is a bit too obscure for me, and I fear that if I use it in any projects that the project engineers would look at me as though I have lost my mind. It is like learning a new coding language. For this to be adopted successfully higher ups would have to buy into it and then it gets implemented through a more thorough change management process. It is not simply something an individual will pick up and start using successfully.

Alas I cannot comment about how well his approach works, but it was highly recommended by academics in systems engineering.
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