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pmwj49-Aug2016-Odetola-BOOKBook Title: Systems Engineering Management, Fifth Edition
Authors: Benjamin S. Blanchard, John E. Blyler
Publisher: Wiley
List Price:   $155.00
Format: Hard cover, 576 pages
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978-1-119-04782-7
Reviewer: Oluwasegun Odetola
Review Date: July 2016

 


Introduction

I chose the fifth edition of Systems Engineering Management by Benjamin S. Blanchard and John E. Blyler for this book review as I am interested in systems engineering and I must state that this is one of the most engaging technical books I have read in a long time. It is very well written and can be easily understood by professionals as well as college students. It reflects the expertise and experience of the authors in real world and academic applications of systems engineering. This is a book that should be in the library of every systems engineering department and project management professional who desire to know how systems operate and how to handle the ever-increasing complexities of new systems. The reader is guided from the definition of systems engineering to system engineering requirements and the design process through program planning to system engineering program evaluation.

Overview of Book Structure

The book is broken into eight chapters which take readers through the entire system engineering process

1  Introduction to Systems Engineering: The first chapter lays the groundwork for the book by defining what a system is, identifying challenges in current systems’ environments and outlining the need for system engineering and this chapter achieves the aim of equipping the reader with a thorough understanding of what system engineering means.

2  The System Engineering Process: The second chapter explains the problem identification process and how to gather deficiencies together to form the basis for needs analysis by asking a set of simple questions such as, “what is required of the system, stated in functional terms?” and “what specific functions must the system accomplish?”. The authors also delve into system feasibility analysis, system operational requirements, the logistics and maintenance support concept, identification and prioritization of technical performance measures, the design integration process, system test and evaluation, production and retirement in this chapter and inasmuch as this chapter does not pick a particular discipline for exhaustive examination it explains how any engineering discipline can integrate different disciplines required for integration in a system .

3  System Design Requirements: Chapter 3 takes the reader through development of systems requirements and specifications for various disciplines such as software engineering, manufacturing and production engineering and the integration and interoperability of systems interfaces and it achieves its aim of giving the reader a clear understanding of system design requirements.

4  Engineering Design Methods and Tools: The fourth chapter reviews current and conventional design practices and computer aided design, manufacturing and support and how system engineering objectives can be met.

5  Design Review and Evaluation: In chapter five the authors describe the design review and evaluation process describing how systems engineering requirements are established in order to validate systems design, what constitutes formal design review, the design change and system modification process as well as supplier review and evaluation and explain the need for proper monitoring and control of systems throughout the system engineering process. The emphasis on proper system monitoring and control throughout the system engineering process is valid and as noted failing to properly monitor a system could be costly.

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About the Reviewer

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Oluwasegun Odetola

North Texas, USA

 

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Oluwasegun Odetola
is a project management professional with experience managing projects to achieve higher than expected goals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Project Management and became a certified Project Management Professional in 2012. He has over 14 years of experience in roles in Project Management, Information Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing. Oluwasegun is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas chapter. He can be reached at [email protected].

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