Preface

This book has two primary objectives: (1) to define and describe the essentials of project and systems engineering management, and (2) to show the relationship and interconnection between project management and systems engineering.

The subject of project management is well-trodden territory and is explored at considerable length in numerous books. Systems engineering, on the other hand, is not as well known, as measured perhaps by the literature that describes and supports it. Like project management, it deals with a variety of methods for designing and building a system that are independent of the domain of the system itself. Slowly, but noticeably, systems engineering is finding its way into a greater number of college curricula and taking its place alongside the more traditional engineering disciplines such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and the like.

More often than not, systems engineering is carried out in the real world in the context of a project. A typical scenario is that a company might set up a project whose basic purpose is to systems engineer some type of system. Thus, there is almost always a strong connection between project management and systems engineering, whether it is formally recognized or not. Many students have asked about this often murky connection during my courses in systems engineering. They want to know more about how systems engineering ''fits into'' the structure of a project and the various management-oriented tasks and activities of a project. These questions, directly and indirectly, have led to this book. Indeed, this may be the first book that attempts to bring these two important subjects together. Special attention is paid to the inter relationship between project management and systems engineering in the last chapter, which deals with integrative management.

This second edition provides new and expanded materials, including the following subject areas:

Project manager attributes

• Leadership

• Fixed price contracting

• Integrated product teams

• The elements of systems engineering

• Systems engineering management problems and issues

• Systems integration

• Software cost estimating

• Life cycle cost relationships

• Systems architecting

• Errors in systems

• Corporate interactions

• Risk analysis

• Verification and validation

• System disposal

• System acquisition

• Capability maturity models

The book is organized into thirteen chapters and an appendix. This makes it suitable for a fifteen-week course in project and systems engineering management. At the same time, systems engineers and project managers in an industrial environment will find the essentials of what they need to know under one cover.

I am pleased to dedicate this book at both a professional and a personal level. With respect to the former, I dedicate it to my graduate students and colleagues in the engineering management and systems engineering department in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University. At a personal level, I dedicate the book to my wife, June Linowitz, whose patience, support, and love helped make it possible.

Howard Eisner Bethesda, Maryland

PART I OVERVIEW

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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