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Unformatted text preview: engineering courses taught to NASA audiences. The handbook uses this material to provide only top-level information and suggestions for good systems engineering practices; it is not intended in any way to be a directive. By design, the handbook covers some topics that are also taught in Project Management/Program Control (PM/PC) courses, reflecting the unavoidable connectedness Finally, the handbook should be considered only a starting point. Both NASA as a systems engineering organization, and systems engineering as a discipline, are undergoing rapid evolution. Over the next five years, many changes will no doubt occur, and some are already in progress. NASA, for instance, is moving toward implementation of the standards in the International Standards Organization (ISO) 9000 family, which will affect many aspects of systems engineering. In systems engineering as a discipline, efforts are underway to merge existing systems engineering standards into a common American National Standard on the Engineering of Systems, and then ultimately into an international standard. These factors should be kept in mind when using this handbook. NASA Systems Engineering Handbook Acknowledgements This work was conducted under the overall direction of Mr. Frank Hoban, and then Dr. Ed Hoffman, NASA Headquarters/Code FT, under the NASA Program/Project Management Initiative (PPMI). Dr. Shahid Habib, NASA Headquarters/Code QW, provided additional financial support to the NASA-wide Systems Engineering Working Group and Systems Engineering Process Improvement Task team. Many individuals, both in and out of NASA, contributed material, reviewed various drafts, or otherwise provided valuable input to this handbook. Unfortunately, the lists below cannot include everyone who shared their ideas and experience. Principal Contributors: Dr. Robert Shishko, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mr. Robert G. Chamberlain, P.E., NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Other Contributors: Mr. Robert Aster, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Ms. Beth B...
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