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Systems Engineering and Analysis (Prentice Hall International Series in Industrial & Systems Engineering) Hardcover – 27 Jan 2010

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“This text is the most complete, most thorough, and the most systematic textbook on the subject of Systems Engineering.  The textbook is presenting materials in a proper and sequential manner and it is not jumping from topic to topic.”



“This is, without a doubt, the definitive text on systems engineering.  It provides a comprehensive coverage of the field, considering both the design and analysis of complex systems.”



“The clean coverage of individual topics makes it easier to address needs of students both in our regular graduate course and to supplement short courses.  The book serves as an excellent quick reference guide.”


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Systems Engineering and Analysis
Fifth Edition
Benjamin S. Blanchard
Wolter J. Fabrycky

This book is about systems. It concentrates on the engineering of human-made systems and on systems analysis. In the first case, emphasis is ont he process of bringing systems into being, beginning with the identification of a need and extending through requirements determination, functional analysis and allocation, design synthesis and evaluation, validation, operation and support, and disposal. In the second case, focus is on the improvement of systems already in being. By employing the iterative process of analysis, evaluation, modification, and feedback most systems now in existence can be improved in their effectiveness, product quality, affordability, and stakeholder satisfaction.

Systems engineering may be defined and/or described as a technologically based interdisciplinary process for bringing systems, products, and structures (technical entities) into being. While the main focus is nominally on the entities themselves, systems engineering offers organizations a better strategy. Systems engineering is inherently oriented to considering "the end before the beginning" and concentrates on what the entities do before determining what the entities are.

Instead of offering systems or system elements and products per se, systems engineering focuses on designing, delivering, and sustaining functionality, a capability, or a solution. This strategic thinking is now being considered by forward-looking organizations in both the private and public sectors. It is applicable to most types of technical systems encompassing the domains of communication, defense, education, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and others. The advancement and promulgation of this emerging strategy through education is the primary aim of this textbook.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A good coverage of program/project systems engineering 13 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Blanchard and Fabrycky start with an excellent discussion of systems engineering (SE) history and proceed to cover program/project SE in a logical and orderly fashion. The material is well written, lacking the usual jargon and catch-words. The book could benefit from additional technical implementation details of effectiveness analysis, design concept development, and integration technique coverage. Among the alternates available, this is the preferred broad coverage of SE and well worth reading carefully.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
High-level view 23 Oct 2005
By A. McInnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very much the 30,000 foot view of systems engineering. I picked this book up because I saw it referred to all over the place, and assumed that it was reasonably definitive. Sadly, it is not. What the book does do is give the reader a reasonably good high-level overview of systems engineering in general, and of some of the techniques involved in estimating the "ilities" of a given system design. However, the level of detail on any one subject area is very light, and the bias of the book is very much toward DoD-style systems engineering. A good book for systems engineering managers. System designers should also seek out Wymore's "Model-Based Systems Engineering" for a thorough understanding of requirements and design.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
One Of The Best Overall Introductions To Systems Engineering 31 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One of the early original works to attempt to define Systems Engineering, it still represents one of the best overall introductions to the multiple faceted discipline of Systems Engineering and Analysis. It successfully covers the broad range of topics associated with this field. It is also a good introduction as it shows how Systems Engineering evolves over the various phases of system development from concept definition to final testing.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to Systems Engineering 16 July 2003
By Keith A. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I took a course in school that used this book and I really enjoyed the book and what it taught me about systems engineering. The authors do a great job of walking the student through the systems engineering process, and ginving a general overview of the steps. The later chapters expand upon this overview to give the detail needed to actually carry out the process. The last part of the book expands upon the "-ilities" of systems engineering which are the authors partiucalr areas of interest. I think anyone interested in systems engineering should get this book, its a great resource. A few things I didn't like was the constant referencing of graphs and figures from previous chapters, it really inhibits my learing when I have to keep flipping back and forth to follow a train of thought. There are also a few chunks of the book that are very, very hard to follow the logical train of thought and require meticulious attention to the detail, and often require rereading. I'm hoping the authors with put out an updated and expanded edition soon, that compensates for these shortfalls.
15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
mixed bag 3 May 2006
By the olde professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
we used this book for undergrad se classes i taught.

unfortunately there are not a lot of alternatives.

(we *also* used buede for another class and mandel for project management etc).

the authors know their stuff, unfortunately some of it got lost in translation. perhaps because a lot of the material got translated from govt publications.

this is more like a handbook than a textbook. for the handbook user just get sage's tome. for a textbook -- well this is least worst for an intro to SE. for supporting areas other books are better.

what is good is excellent. but what is bad is frustrating.

they tried to cover way too much in one book and got confused with SE and OR and management techniques and quality and a whole bunch of other stuff that is really tangential to SE.

and the material gets covered at uneven levels of detail so it is not a good handbook nor a good textbook just a good pile of notes on a lot of se related stuff.

previous editions had many errors and did not come with any answers to the problems, many of which were confusing as stated.

the first part of the book really introduces SE. The rest of the book is for review by someone who has specialised in the areas they cover.

The book would be much better if they concentrated on SE and left the other stuff to other books. i have not checked with the publisher for current availability, but previously there was no instructors guide and no answers to the questions. that is a big drawback for classroom use.

this would be best for an experienced person who wanted to review SE or get an introduction to a specialised topic relating to SE.

the dsmc/dau se handbook is (was?) free on the internet from various govt sites and does a great job of introducing SE. you should look at that resource before buying this book. indeed, unless you are using it in a class you might just want to borrow this from a library instead of buying it.
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