Quantifying the Effectiveness of Systems Engineering
October 2014 • Presentation
This Metrocon Conference presentation summarizes the results of a survey to quantify the connection between systems engineering best practices and performance outcomes.
Software Engineering Institute
This presentation was given at the IEEE Metrocon Conference in Arlington, Texas, on October 2, 2014.
This presentation summarizes the results of a survey that had the goal of
quantifying the connection between the application of systems
engineering (SE) best practices to projects and programs and the
performance outcomes of those projects and programs. The survey
population consisted of projects and programs executed by system
developers reached through the National Defense Industrial Association
(NDIA) Systems Engineering Division, the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society,
and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Analysis
of survey responses revealed strong statistical relationships between
project performance and several categories of specific SE best
practices. The survey results show notable differences in the
relationship between SE best practices and performance between more
challenging and less challenging projects. The statistical relationship
with project performance is quite strong for survey data of this kind
when both SE capability and project challenge are considered together.