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System Engineering Management

System Engineering Management
By Benjamin S. Blanchard

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Book Description

Technology/Engineering/General

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:
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The changing areas of system requirements
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Increasing system complexities
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Extended system life cycles versus shorter technology cycles
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Higher costs and greater international competition
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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.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #315708 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-07-28
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.55" h x 1.32" w x 6.40" l, 2.00 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 560 pages

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From the Back Cover
Technology/Engineering/General

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."


Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Useful for any project
By Amazon Customer
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.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
3The ebook edition is not very good. Picture/charts are low resolution
By Daniel W. Smith
The ebook edition is not very good. Picture/charts are low resolution. Often they are sideways without any way to rotate or zoom in. Most of labels are not legible in the ebook format.

As far as the book is concerned. In my opinion it is dated, especially the chapters on networking and software engineering. It is also too heavily focused on government work.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
4A great introduction
By D. Brown
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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