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Unformatted text preview: ically the project-level system engineer, is
responsible for managing the project through the
technical aspect of the project life cycle. This
management of the integration, verification, and
validation sequence. Attendant with this management is
the requirement to control the technical baselines of the
project. Typically, these baselines are the: “functional,"
''design to,” "build-to'' (or "code-to"), "as-built" (or "ascoded"), and ''as-deployed." Systems engineering must
ensure an efficient and logical progression through
Systems engineering is responsible for system
decomposition and design until the "design-to" specifications of all lower-level configuration items have been
produced. Design engineering is then responsible for
developing the ''build-to" and "code-to" documentation
that complies with the approved "design-to" baseline.
Systems engineering audits the design and coding
process and the design engineering solutions for
compliance to all higher level baselines. In performing
this responsibility, systems engineering must ensure and
document requirements traceability.
Systems engineering is also responsible for the
overall management of the integration, verification, and
validation process. In this role, systems engineering
conSEMP Lessons Learned fromDoD Experience
• A well-managed project requires a coordinated
Systems Engineering Management Plan that is
used through the project cycle.
A SEMP is a living document that must be updated as the project changes and kept consistent
with the Project Plan.
A meaningful SEMP must be the product of experts from all areas of the project.
Projects with little or insufficient systems engineering discipline generally have major problems.
Weak systems engineering, or systems engineering placed too low in the organization, cannot
perform the functions as required.
The systems engineering effort must be skillfully
managed and well communicated t...
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