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Tailoring a Large Organization’s Systems Engineering Process to Meet Project-Specific Needs Open Access

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Systems engineers are faced with the challenge of adhering to broad systems engineering policies, while simultaneously tailoring systems engineering processes to meet the unique challenges facing their projects. Tailoring is often performed ad hoc, and determining which stages, steps, and artifacts of the process are necessary can be time-consuming and challenging. Systems engineering guidebooks across industry and government organizations often stress the importance of tailoring, yet offer little practical guidance on how to perform the function. This dissertation proposes a model for automating the systems engineering tailoring process through defining a set of organizational rules and a minimal set of project-specific inputs. To evaluate the proposed approach, the model is analyzed through several case studies within the Department of Homeland Security.

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