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Agile Process Engineering

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 12:25 -- jkenkwof
Faculty Advisor(s): 
Dr. Jon Wade or Dr. Richard Turner
Faculty Email(s): 
jon.p.wade@sbcglobal.net,rturner@stevens.edu
Program: 
Systems Engineering
Project Title: 
Agile Process Engineering
Description: 

<p>As systems continue to grow in size and complexity, it has become clear that existing Systems Engineering (SE) methods, processes and tools are becoming increasingly problematic. Ultimately, the usefulness and effectiveness of new Systems Engineering approaches and Methods, Processes and Tools (MPTs) will be heavily dependent on how they work together in the overall SE process. No one process, or even set of processes, can meet the needs of all the various environments where SE is applied. Furthermore, many SE environments have become less predictable and more fluid, thus limiting the effectiveness of long term, heavyweight SE process improvement approaches. Increasingly, an environmental challenge changes before an improvement can be identified, vetted, piloted and deployed. The processes that support, control and validate new SE practices themselves need to be both flexible and resilient to adapt to environmental changes and still provide useful and up-to-date information. The creation of such processes is called Agile Process Engineering. The &quot;Engineering&quot; in this phrase is due to the fact that an engineering approach will be used in the construction of these processes. This involves the determination of process needs, environmental requirements, and the development of an architecture, its design and implementation.</p>
<p>This project involves research in the following potential areas:</p>
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Defining a set of critical attributes for agile life-cycle processes based on case study research.</li>
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Defining a set of environmental factors that impact the selection of agile life-cycle processes.</li>
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Identifying agile developments and documenting the application contexts, agile processes used and potential explanations for the program&#39;s successes or failures.</li>
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Defining a high-level architecture for life-cycle processes which can be used to support a set of selected existing life-cycle processes.</li>
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Determining a set of critical life-cycle process attributes that are essential to ability to adapt the processes to changes in implemented system mission, environment or technologies.</li>
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Determining which existing SE practices are applicable, or how they may need to be modified, to develop new SE life-cycle processes.&nbsp;</li>
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References: 

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Turner, Richard et al (2009), &quot;Evaluation of Systems Engineering Methods, Processes and Tools on Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Programs.&quot; Final Technical Report SERC-2009-TR004.</li>
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Wade, J. et al. (20l0), &quot;Development of3-Year Roadmap to Transform the Discipline of Systems Engineering.&quot; Final Technical Report -SERC-2009-TR-006, March 2010</li>
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Student Requirements: 

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Experienced Systems Engineers with an interest in SE life-cycle processes.</li>
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