Comparing Systems Engineering and Project Success in Commercial-focused versus Government-focused Projects

Componation, Paul
Dorneich, Michael
Hansen, Jordan
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This work looks at the relationship between systems engineering and project success industry lead in aerospace, agriculture, defense & security, energy and related areas. The projects included both commercial-focused and government-focused efforts. Differences were found in both the overall risk levels and the measures of success for the two groups. In addition, government-focused projects showed a notably larger number of significant relationships between system engineering processes and project success than the commercial-focused projects. The research notes that further investigation is warranted, in particular looking at individual industry sectors, exploring the impact of team dispersion, and developing a better understanding of interrelationships between the systems engineering processes. This type of analysis will help further our understanding of both the art and science of systems engineering.


NOTICE: this is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in Procedia Computer Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Procedia Computer Science 44 (2015): doi: 10.1016/j.procs.2015.03.006. Posted with permission.

systems engineering, project management, project success metrics