Engineering Mega-Systems The Challenge of Systems Engineering in the Information Age

ISBN-10: 1420076663

ISBN-13: 9781420076660

Edition: 2010

Authors: Renee Stevens

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The global business community faces increasingly complex challenges that cannot be met by stand-alone systems. This has led to the development of mega-systems: large-scale complex systems that provide a level of functionality not achieved by their individual components. This book focuses on the engineering of this class of systems, a process that demands consideration of increasing program scale and the rapid change of underlying technologies. The text offers a vocabulary and a framework to explore issues relevant to what makes mega-systems different from traditional ones. This framework results in the development of a model that can be used to select appropriate processes, tools, and techniques. .
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List price: $99.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Auerbach Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 254
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Acronyms
About the Author
Setting the Stage
The Trend toward Large-Scale, Richly Interconnected Systems
Why This Book?
Organization of the Book
Context and Trends
Changing the Strategic Environment in the U.S. Department of Defense
The Imperative to Share Information across Agencies
Information Sharing to Counter Terrorism
Other Examples of Information Sharing across Organizational Boundaries
Enabling Conditions
Information Technologies Environment
Improved Performance and Reduced Costs Drive Information Technologies
Global Information Infrastructure
Mobile Society, Wireless Lifestyle
Increased Reliance, Increased Risk
Institutional Trends: Enterprisewide, Top-Down Perspective
Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996
Enterprise Architectures
Changes to the DoD Requirements Process
Implications for Systems and Programs
A Look Ahead
Concepts and Frameworks
Mega-System Concepts
What Is a System?
Systems as Components of Larger Systems
What Is a �System-of-Systems?�
What Differentiates �System-of-Systems� from Similar Terms?
What Are Mega-Systems?
Emergence of Mega-Systems
�Composed� Mega-Systems
�Designed� Mega-Systems
�Dynamically Assembled� Mega-Systems
A Framework for Exploring Mega-Systems
Basis for the Framework
Elements of the Basic Framework
The System Behavior Vector
The Decision-Making Vector
The Context or Environment Vector
Region of Well-Bounded Systems
Region of Mega-Systems
Tame versus Wicked Problems
Engineering and Acquiring Mega-Systems
What Is Systems Engineering?
Systems Engineering Process
Software Engineering Processes
Emergence of System-of-Systems Engineering
Mega-System Challenges for Systems Engineers
Increasing Scope and Complexity
More Diverse Stakeholders
Multiple, Often Conflicting, Objectives and Constraints
Dissimilar Time Scales
Test and Evaluation Challenges and Constraints
Vulnerabilities: Expected and Unexpected Negative Effects
Troubled Large-Scale Systems
Levels of Systems Engineering
Enterprise Systems Engineering Profiler
Quadrants and Dimensions
Concentric Rings
Using the Enterprise Systems Engineering Profiler
Case Studies in Engineering Mega-systems
Introduction to Mega-System Case Studies
A Note about Case Studies
Approach to Mega-System Case Studies
Single Integrated Air Picture
Motivation: Moving from Independent Systems to a Theater-Wide Integrated Capability
Standing up a System Engineering Organization
SIAP System Engineering Process
Initial Strategy: Incremental Blocks
Block 0: Demonstration of SIAP System Engineering Process
Block 1: Taking on Additional Technical Issues for Resolution
Strategy Shift: From Developing Solutions to Building a Model-Driven Architecture
Model-Driven Architecture (MDA)�
Integration into Warfighting Platforms
Distributed Test Environment: Joint Distributed Engineering Plant (JDEP)
Organizational Changes
Building the IABM
Incremental Configurations
Demonstration and Test
Challenges of Weapon System Integration and Synchronization
Formalizing the SIAP
SIAP Mapping to the Systems Engineering Profiler
Insights for Engineering Mega-Systems
Developing the Electronic Product Code Network
The Auto-ID Center
The Vision: An Internet of Things
Concept and Technologies
Data Capture Portion
Intelligent Infrastructure
RFID Design Process and Implementation
Architecture and Design
Business Case Research
Early Field Tests
Privacy Pushback
Release of First EPC Standards
Transition from Research to Commercialization
Early Pilots
Maturation of the EPC Standards
EPC Adoption
EPCglobal Network Mapping to the Extended Framework
Insights for Engineering Mega-Systems
Observations from the Case Studies
Case Study Recap
Greater Diversity of Stakeholders and Interests
Broader Set of Considerations
Convergence on Critical Infrastructure Standards and Design Tenets
Discovery Engineering
Role of Grand Design
Managing Risk and Uncertainty
The Way Ahead
The Way Ahead
Emerging Tenets
Strategic Context: Iterative and Incremental Strategy
Implementation Context: Agreement on Infrastructure and Design Tenets
Stakeholder Context: Working to Identify Intersecting Interests
System Context: Value of Discovery Engineering
Extensions to Current Practice: Managing Uncertainty
Matching Practice to Circumstances
An Emerging View of Systems Engineering as a Continuum of Practice
Refining the Engineering Tenets: A Way Ahead
An Emerging View of Next-Generation Practice
Concluding Thoughts
Postscript: Profiling a Complex Acquisition Program
Multiple Purposes of the Study
Tailor the Profiler
Clarify Sponsor Goals and Objectives
Develop Interview Protocol
Conduct the Interviews and Synthesize the Responses
Conduct Workshops with Key Agency Staff and Leadership
Review and Assess Agency Business Practices
Role-Specific Profiles
Site Manager Profile
Project Manager Profile
Agency-Wide Profile
External Stakeholder Profile
Similarities and Differences in the Agency Profiles
The Profile as an �Uncertainty Map�
Recommended Practices for Dealing with Uncertainty
Characterizing Uncertainty
Techniques to Deal with Uncertainty
Environmental Scanning
Stakeholder Analysis and Management
Risk Management and Uncertainty Management
Putting Ideas into Practice
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