System Analysis, Design, and Development: Concepts, Principles, and Practices / Edition 1

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  • Written in a practical, easy to understand style, this text provides a step-by-step guide to System Analysis and Engineering by introducing concepts, principles, and practices via a progression of topical, lesson oriented chapters.
  • Each chapter focuses on specific aspects of system analysis, design, and development, and includes definitions of key terms, examples, author's notes, key principles, and challenging exercises that teach readers to apply their knowledge to real world systems.
  • Concepts and methodologies presented can be applied by organizations in business sectors such as transportation, construction, medical, financial, education, aerospace and defense, utilities, government, and others, regardless of size.
  • An excellent undergraduate or graduate-level textbook in systems analysis and engineering, this book is written for both new and experienced professionals who acquire, design, develop, deploy, operate, or support systems, products, or services.
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"...comprehensive, detailed, and well documented...any reader will benefit from the material presented, I recommend this book to professional system engineers seeking a better understanding of the subject." (Computing, January 24, 2006)
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Meet the Author

Charles S. WASSON, BSEE, MBA, ESEP, is a member of the INCOSE, ASEE, PMI, and IEEE and is President / Principal Consultant of Wasson Strategics, LLC. His professional career spans over 40 years of leadership in program/project management; system, hardware, and software design, development, integration, and test; and organizational and team development. Wasson Strategics is a provider of multi-discipline SE, technical project management, organizational and team development training and consulting services for Fortune 100 & 500 clients striving to achieve System Engineering and Development excellence.

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Table of Contents



1 Introduction.

2 Book Organization and Conventions.

Part I System Analysis Concepts.

System Entity Concepts Series.

3 What Is a System?

4 System Attributes, Properties, and Characteristics.

5 System Roles and Stakeholders.

6 System Acceptability.

7 The System/Product Life Cycle.

System Architecture Concepts Series.

8 The Architecture of Systems.

9 System Levels of Abstraction and Semantics.

10 The System of Interest Architecture.

11 The Operating Environment Architecture.

12 System Interfaces.

System Mission Concepts Series.

13 Organizational Roles, Missions, and System Applications.

14 Understanding the Problem, Opportunity, and Solution Spaces.

15 System Interactions with its Operating Environment.

16 System Mission Analysis.

17 System Use Cases and Scenarios.

System Operations Concepts Series.

18 System Operations Model.

19 System Phases, Modes, and States of Operation.

20 Modeling System and Support Operations.

System Capability Concepts Series.

21 System Operational Capability Derivation and Allocation.

22 The Anatomy of a System Capability.

System Concept Synthesis.

23 System Analysis Synthesis.

Part II System Design and Development Practices.

System Development Strategies Series.

24 The System Development Workflow Strategy.

25 System Design, Integration, and Verification Strategy.

26 The SE Process Model.

27 System Development Models.

System Specification Series.

28 System Specification Practices.

29 Understanding Specification Requirements.

30 Specification Analysis.

31 Specification Development.

32 Requirements Derivation, Allocation, Flow Down, and Traceability.

33 Requirements Statement Development.

System Development Series.

34 Operational Utility, Suitability, and Effectiveness.

35 System Design To/For Objectives.

36 System Architecture Development.

37 Developing an Entity’s Requirements Domain Solution.

38 Developing an Entity’s Operations Domain Solution.

39 Developing an Entity’s Behavioral Domain Solution.

40 Developing an Entity’s Physical Domain Solution.

41 Component Selection and Development.

42 System Configuration Identification.

43 System Interface Analysis, Design, and Control.

44 Human–System Integration.

45 Engineering Standards, Frames of Reference, and Conventions.

46 System Design and Development Documentation.

Decision Support Series.

47 Analytical Decision Support.

48 Statistical Influences on System Design.

49 System Performance Analysis, Budgets, and Safety Margins.

50 System Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM).

51 System Modeling and Simulation.

52 Trade Study Analysis of Alternatives.

Verification and Validation Series.

53 System Verification and Validation.

54 Technical Reviews.

55 System Integration, Test, and Evaluation.

System Deployment, Operations, and Support Series.

56 System Deployment.

57 System Operations and Support (O&S).



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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2008

    Excellent book on Systems Engineering

    From all books and papers I have on Systems Engineering, Wasson's book has been so far the best. This comprenhensive book is a must for any Systems Engineer or Engineering Professional. Be prepare to read a lot, since there is a lot of info in several related topics, including quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

    A Must Have System Engineering Text

    This outstanding text should be on the shelf of every system engineer. A magnificent work that covers all aspects of engineering and integrating systems, presented clearly, with many examples and lessons learned.

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