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Author Kasser, Joseph Eli

Title Systems Engineering A Systemic and Systematic Methodology for Solving Complex Problems
Published Milton : CRC Press LLC, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (473 p.)
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Author; Other Books by This Author; Chapter 1 Introduction; 1.1 Why This Book Is Different; 1.2 How to Read and Use This Book; 1.3 The Parts of This Book; 1.4 Thinking; 1.5 Top-Down and Bottom-Up Thinking; 1.5.1 Analysis; 1.5.2 Synthesis; 1.5.3 Combining Analysis and Synthesis; 1.6 Judgement and Creativity; 1.6.1 Critical Thinking; 1.6.2 Systems Thinking; 1.6.3 The Two Distinct Types of Systems Thinking; 1.6.4 Beyond Systems Thinking; References; Chapter 2 Perceptions of Systems Engineering; 2.1 Continuum
2.1.1 The Three Types of Systems Engineering2.1.2 The Five Types of System Engineers; 2.1.3 The Three Different Domains of Systems Engineering; 2.1.4 The Difference between SETA and SETR; 2.1.5 The 'A' and the 'B' Paradigms in Systems Engineering; 2.1.6 The Eight Different Camps of Systems Engineering; 2.1.7 The Three Streams of Activities; 2.1.8 The Five Layers of Systems Engineering; 2.1.9 The Tools Paradox; 2.1.10 The Emergent Properties Dichotomy; 2.1.11 The Difference in the Contents of Textbooks; 2.1.12 The Difference in the Knowledge Content of Master's Degrees in Systems Engineering
2.11.5 Why Does Systems Engineering Seem to Overlap Project Management and Problem-Solving?2.11.6 Why Do the Textbooks about Systems Engineering Cover Such Different Topics?; 2.11.7 What Do System Engineers Actually Do in the Workplace?; 2.11.8 Is Systems Engineering an Undergraduate Course or a Post Graduate Course?; 2.11.9 Which Come First, Functions or Requirements?; 2.11.10 Why Is There No Standard Definition of a System?; 2.12 Summary; References; Chapter 3 Perceptions of Problem-Solving; 3.1 Big Picture; 3.1.1 Assumptions Underlying Formal Problem-Solving
2.2 Big Picture2.2.1 The Goals of Systems Engineering; 2.2.2 Problem Solving and Systems Engineering; 2.2.3 The Interdependency and Overlap Between the Systems Engineering, Project Management and Other Engineering Activities; 2.3 Functional; 2.4 Operational; 2.5 Structural; 2.5.1 The Standards for Systems Engineering; 2.6 Generic; 2.7 Quantitative; 2.7.1 The Return on Investment in Systems Engineering; 2.8 Temporal; 2.8.1 The Successes and Failures of Systems Engineering; 2.8.2 The Evolution of Systems Engineering; 2.8.3 The Evolution of the Role of the Systems Engineer; 2.9 Scientific
2.9.1 Frameworks for Systems Engineering2.9.2 The Principle of Hierarchies; 2.9.3 The Hitchins-Kasser-Massie Framework (HKMF); 2.9.4 The Overlapping Streams of Work; 2.9.5 What the Standards Seem to Have Achieved; 2.9.6 Systems Engineering Is a Discipline; 2.10 The Emergent Properties Dichotomy; 2.11 The Answers to the Questions Posed in Chapter 1; 2.11.1 What Is Systems Engineering?; 2.11.2 Why Are There Different Opinions on the Nature of Systems Engineering?; 2.11.3 Why Does Systems Engineering Succeed at Times?; 2.11.4 Why Does Systems Engineering Fail at Other Times?
Summary This book will change the way you think about problems. It focuses on creating solutions to all sorts of complex problems by taking a practical, problem-solving approach. It discusses not only what needs to be done, but it also provides guidance and examples of how to do it. The book applies systems thinking to systems engineering and introduces several innovative concepts such as direct and indirect stakeholders and the Nine-System Model, which provides the context for the activities performed in the project, along with a framework for successful stakeholder management. A list of the figures and tables in this book is available at FEATURES Treats systems engineering as a problem-solving methodology Describes what toolssystems engineers use and how they use them in each state of the system lifecycle Discusses the perennial problem of poor requirements, defines the grammar and structure of a requirement, and provides a template for a good imperative construction statement and the requirements for writing requirements Provides examples of bad and questionable requirements and explains the reasons why they are bad and questionable Introduces new concepts such as direct and indirect stakeholders and the Shmemp! Includes the Nine-System Model and other unique tools for systems engineering
Notes 3.1.2 Selected Myths of Problem-Solving
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Joseph Eli Kasser, DSc, has been a practising systems engineer for almost 50 years, a project manager for more than 35 years and an academic for 20 years. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Singapore), the author of Systemic and Systematic Project Management; The Systems Thinkers Toolbox: Tools for Managing Complexity; Perceptions of Systems Engineering; Holistic Thinking: Creating Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems; A Framework for Understanding Systems Engineering; Applying Total Quality Management to Systems Engineering, two books on amateur radio and many International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) symposia and other conference and journal papers. He received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Manned Space Flight Awareness Award (Silver Snoopy) for quality and technical excellence for performing and directing systems engineering. He holds a Doctor of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University. He is a Certified Manager, a Chartered Engineer in both the UK and Singapore and holds a Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology. He has been a project manager in Israel and Australia, and performed and directed systems engineering in the United States, Israel and Australia. He gave up his positions as a Deputy Director and DSTO Associate Research Professor at the Systems Engineering and Evaluation Centre at the University of South Australia in early 2007 to move to the UK to develop the world's first immersion course in systems engineering as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cranfield University. He spent 2008-2016 as a Visiting Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore where he taught and researched the nature of systems engineering, systems thinking and how to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning in postgraduate and continuing education. He is currently based in Adelaide, Australia. His many awards include: • National University of Singapore, 2008-2009 Division of Engineering and Technology Management, Faculty of Engineering Innovative Teaching Award for the use of magic in class to enrich the student experience. • Best Paper, Systems Engineering Technical Processes track, at the 16th Annual Symposium of the INCOSE, 2006, and at the 17th Annual Symposium of the INCOSE, 2007. • United States Air Force (USAF) Office of Scientific Research Window on Science program visitor, 2004. • Inaugural SEEC 'Bust a Gut' Award, SEEC, 2004. • Employee of the Year, SEEC, 2000. • Distance Education Fellow, University System of Maryland, 1998-2000. • Outstanding Paper Presentation, Systems Engineering Management track, at the 6th Annual Symposium of the INCOSE, 1996. • Distinguished Service Award, Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM), 1993. • Manned Space Flight Awareness Award (Silver Snoopy) for quality and technical excellence, for performing and directing systems engineering, NASA, 1991. • NASSA Goddard Space Flight Center Community Service Award, 1990. • The E3 award for Excellence, Endurance and Effort, Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), 1981, and three subsequent awards for outstanding performance. • Letters of commendation and certificates of appreciation from employers and satisfied customers including the: • American Radio Relay League (ARRL) • American Society for Quality (ASQ) • Association for Quality and Participation (AQP) • Communications Satellite Corporation (Comsat) • Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) • Defence Materiel Organisation (Australia) • IET Singapore Network • Institution of Engineers (Singapore) • Loral Corporation • Luz Industries, Israel • Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) • United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) • University of South Australia • University System of Maryland • Wireless Institute of Australia. When not writing and lollygagging he provides consulting services and training
Subject Systems engineering
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
Systems engineering.
TECHNOLOGY / Engineering / General
TECHNOLOGY / Industrial Design / General
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0429425937