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Modelling the Management of Systems Engineering Projects

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As described in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, systems engineering is an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to realise successful systems. It often involves a combined effort of a team of professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds. The primary role of the Systems Engineering Manager SEM of a complex project is to ensure that the technical conduct of the project and the technical products achieve the required quality. The SEM performs this role by defining the technical processes, documentation and output products within the engineering lifecycle of a project through systems engineering management. These aspects of a project are not brought together through any other single management process. Furthermore, systems engineering management supports the other business systems such as project management, engineering management and quality management. Particularly in early concept development phases of a project, it is important for those involved in Model-Based Systems Engineering MBSE to not lose sight of systems engineering management as an enabler of engineering rigour. Engineers can overlook systems engineering management amongst the MBSE methods and technical activities they are conducting. In his paper at the 2004 INCOSE International Symposium, Eric Honour concludes that systems engineering effort improves development quality, cost and schedule compliance, and that systems engineering management is known to be an important part of the systems engineering process. Further to this, improved quality of the systems engineering activity increases these benefits. The key document used to guide all technical aspects of the project is the Systems Engineering Management Plan SEMP. The SEMP is now often referred to as a Systems Engineering Plan SEP, and defines systems engineering organisation, process and products, and also describes speciality engineering integration in a project.

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  • Administration and Management

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