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System Requirements Analysis, 2nd Edition

Book Description

System Requirements Analysis gives the professional systems engineer the tools to set up a proper and effective analysis of the resources, schedules and parts needed to successfully undertake and complete any large, complex project. This fully revised text offers readers the methods for rationally breaking down a large project into a series of stepwise questions, enabling you to determine a schedule, establish what needs to be procured, how it should be obtained, and what the likely costs in dollars, manpower, and equipment will be to complete the project at hand.

System Requirements Analysis is compatible with the full range of popular engineering management tools, from project management to competitive engineering to Six Sigma, and will ensure that a project gets off to a good start before it's too late to make critical planning changes. The book can be used for either self-instruction or in the classroom, offering a wealth of detail about the advantages of requirements analysis to the individual reader or the student group.



  • Written by the authority on systems engineering, a founding member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • Complete overview of the basic principles of starting a system requirements analysis program, including initial specifications to define problems, and parameters of an engineering program
  • Covers various analytical approaches to system requirements, including structural and functional analysis, budget calculations, and risk analysis

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of Illustrations
  6. List of Tables
  7. List of Acronyms
  8. Preface
  9. 1. Introduction
    1. 1.1 Introduction to Systems Requirements
    2. 1.2 Models and the Mind
    3. 1.3 System Development Process Overview
    4. 1.4 Process Variations
    5. 1.5 An Overview of the Proposed Modeling Prescription
  10. 2. Requirements Foundation
    1. 2.1 Requirements Fundamentals
    2. 2.2 Requirements Traceability Relationships
    3. 2.3 Requirements Allocation, Margins, and Budgets
    4. 2.4 Requirements Analysis Strategies
  11. 3. The Functional Problem Space Model
    1. 3.1 System Beginnings
    2. 3.2 Toward a General Theory of Structured Analysis
    3. 3.3 Functional Analysis
    4. 3.4 Performance Requirements Analysis and Allocation
    5. 3.5 Product Entity Structure Synthesis
    6. 3.6 Interface Identification
    7. 3.7 Functional Analysis Alternatives
    8. 3.8 The Application of Functional Analysis to Software
    9. 3.9 Physical Process Modeling
    10. 3.10 RAS-Complete and RAS-Centered Analysis
    11. 3.11 Model Documentation
  12. 4. A Variety of Software Models
    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 Computer Processing-Oriented Analysis
    3. 4.3 Data-Oriented Analysis
    4. 4.4 Object-Oriented Analysis
    5. 4.5 The Unified Modeling Language Model
    6. 4.6 System Modeling Using the DoD Architecture Framework
  13. 5. Joint Solution Space Modeling
    1. 5.1 Interface Requirements Analysis
    2. 5.2 Specialty Engineering Requirements Analysis
    3. 5.3 Environmental Requirements Analysis
  14. 6. Universal Architecture Description Frameworks
    1. 6.1 Movement Toward a General Solution
    2. 6.2 Functionally Based UADF
    3. 6.3 MSA-PSARE-Based UADF
    4. 6.4 UML–SysML-based UADF
    5. 6.5 UPDM Selectively Extended to a UADF
    6. 6.6 Mixed Methods if You Must
  15. 7. Specification Content Standards
    1. 7.1 Specification Development Fundamentals
    2. 7.2 General Specification Style Guide
    3. 7.3 Performance Specification Content Guidance
    4. 7.4 Detail Specifications
    5. 7.5 Interface Specifications
    6. 7.6 Parts, Materials, and Processes Specifications
    7. 7.7 Applicable Document Analysis
  16. 8. Requirements Management
    1. 8.1 Process Overview from a Management Perspective
    2. 8.2 Requirements Risk Management
    3. 8.3 Requirements Value Management
    4. 8.4 Requirements Integration
    5. 8.5 Interface Requirements Management
    6. 8.6 Requirements Verification Management
    7. 8.7 Specification Development, Review, and Approval
  17. 9. Computer Applications
    1. 9.1 The Computer Tool Infrastructure
    2. 9.2 Computer Applications
  18. 10. Closing
    1. 10.1 Where Have We Been?
    2. 10.2 The Future
  19. Bibliography