Architecting a large-scale complex system is the centerpiece of systems engineering. Without the systems engineering process, such architecting is likely to be disorganized and unsatisfactory. With the systems engineering process and perspective, it is more likely that a sound system architecture will ultimately evolve.

In Chapter 1 (Figure 1.1), an overview of the systems approach was presented. This approach showed the following as key elements of architectural design:

• Requirements

• Functional design of alternatives

• Analysis of alternatives

• Evaluation criteria

• Formulation of a preferred system architecture

In Chapter 2 (Figure 2.2), the architectural design process was expanded, showing the following elements:

• Requirements

• Mission engineering

• Requirements analysis/allocation

• Functional analysis/allocation

• Architectural design/synthesis

• System analysis

• Life-cycle costing

• Risk analysis

• Other system/subsystem considerations

• Formulation of a preferred system architecture

In Chapter 7 (Figure 7.4), inputs to the important step of analyzing and evaluating alternatives were defined, with the output representing the preferred system architecture. In this chapter, we bring all these representations together into a coherent set of essential steps for developing a preferred system architecture. We also show some examples and approaches proferred by other investigators of this important process and issue.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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