Accession Number : ADA493919


Title :   Maturity Curve of Systems Engineering


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING


Personal Author(s) : Alphonso de Souza, Roy


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a493919.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 113


Abstract : Systems Engineering is a profession, a philosophy, and a discipline that adopts an iterative and parallel problem identification and solution-seeking process, coupled with a collaborative and integrated multi-disciplinary approach. It involves the life-cycle view of deriving functional solutions to the identified problems of the whole system and its dependents. The end-state is in the satisfaction of the requirements, timeline, and budget by the stakeholders. Systems Engineering requires the systems engineer to possess a series of traits that are academically and experientially acquired. This thesis examines capturing these required traits via fuzzy logic scales and learning curves. A qualitative approach was used to acquire and manage the data used for this analysis; a quantitative tool was used to examine and evaluate the data. The qualitative approach was intended to sort the acquired traits of a systems engineer relative to two variables: years of experience and annual income. Quantifying the systems engineering traits challenged the traditional means of analysis due to their overlap and underlap in defining properties. Therefore, a fuzzy logic approach was used to understand the relative quantization of these traits.


Descriptors :   *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , *SKILLS , *ENGINEERS , *FUZZY LOGIC , *LEARNING CURVES , *ROLES(BEHAVIOR) , *QUALIFICATIONS , PERSONNEL SELECTION , METRICS , EVOLUTION(GENERAL) , INCOME , SURVEYS , THESES


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE