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System-of-Systems Governance: New Patterns of Thought

October 2006 Technical Note
Edwin J. Morris, Patrick R. Place, Dennis B. Smith

This 2006 technical note examines the ways in which six key characteristics of good IT governance are affected by the autonomy of individual systems in a system of systems.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number

CMU/SEI-2006-TN-036

Abstract

Systems of systems introduce complications for information technology (IT) governance because their individual system components exhibit considerable autonomy. This technical note examines the ways in which six key characteristics of good IT governance are affected by the autonomy of individual systems in a system of systems. The characteristics discussed are (1) collaboration and authority, (2) motivation and accountability, (3) multiple models, (4) expectation of evolution, (5) highly fluid processes, and (6) minimal centrality. This report examines each characteristic in detail and, where possible, provides guidance for the practitioner.