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The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Comparison of Defense Domain and Non-defense Projects

  • June 2014
  • By Joseph P. Elm , Dennis Goldenson
  • This report analyzes differences in systems-engineering activities for defense and non-defense projects and finds differences in both deployment and effectiveness.
  • Measurement and Analysis
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    This report summarizes analysis of data collected from the 2011 Systems Engineering (SE) Effectiveness Survey performed by the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and the Software Engineering Institute. This analysis examined the differences in the deployment and impact of SE activities between defense-domain projects and non-defense projects. The analysis found significant differences in both the deployment of SE in the two domains and the effectiveness of the SE. The report identifies specific process areas where effectiveness in one domain is noticeably higher than in the other. Further research to understand these differences will benefit both domains by enabling them to share best practices.

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SEI

Elm, Joseph; & Goldenson, Dennis. The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Comparison of Defense Domain and Non-defense Projects (CMU/SEI-2014-SR-013). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=89221

IEEE

Elm. Joseph, and Goldenson. Dennis, "The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Comparison of Defense Domain and Non-defense Projects," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Special Report CMU/SEI-2014-SR-013, 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=89221

APA

Elm, Joseph., & Goldenson, Dennis. (2014). The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Comparison of Defense Domain and Non-defense Projects (CMU/SEI-2014-SR-013). Retrieved December 20, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=89221

CHI

Joseph Elm, & Dennis Goldenson. The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Comparison of Defense Domain and Non-defense Projects (CMU/SEI-2014-SR-013). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=89221

MLA

Elm, Joseph., & Goldenson, Dennis. 2014. The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Comparison of Defense Domain and Non-defense Projects (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2014-SR-013). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=89221