September 2011 – Systems Engineering Return on Investment (ROI)

Please join us for our monthly meeting on September 15th. This month our speaker will be Eric Honour, WebEx will be provided for this meeting.

Date: Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Networking and Dinner: 5:30PM – 5:50PM
Short Chapter Meeting: 5:50PM – 6:00PM
Featured Speaker & Topic: 6:00PM – 6:45PM
Speaker Q&A: 6:45PM – 7:00PM
Location: Richardson, Greenville, Hurst, Grand Prairie, Waco, Fort Worth, & WebEx

Lecture Topic:  Systems Engineering Return on Investment (ROI)

Systems engineering is believed to have high value in the development of complex systems, but until recently there has been little data to quantify that value.  Now, Eric Honour is presenting the results of over a decade of research into the quantified value of SE.  These major results, based on interviews with 51 programs, show the statistically proven relationships between systems engineering (SE) activities and the technical, schedule and cost success of programs. His work also provides adaptable target numbers for each of eight key SE activities such as requirements engineering, system architecting, and system integration.   The results show that nearly all SE activities correlate with better project success, and provides detailed values that begin to answer how much is enough.  Results also show, somewhat surprisingly, that current SE activities do not correlate with the technical quality of the product systems.  You won’t want to miss this truly seminal information!

Speaker Biography:  Eric Honour, CSEP and INCOSE Fellow

Eric Honour  has been in international leadership of the engineering of systems for over a dozen years, part of a 40-year career of complex systems development and operation.  His energetic and informative presentation style actively involves class participants.  He was the founding Chair of the INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) Technical Board in 1994, was elected to INCOSE President for 1997, and served as Director of the Systems Engineering Center of Excellence (SECOE).  He was selected in 2000 for Who’s Who in Science and Technology and in 2004 as an INCOSE Founder.  He is on the editorial board for Systems Engineering.  He has been a systems engineer, engineering manager, and program manager at Harris Information Systems, E-Systems Melpar, and Singer Link, preceded by nine years as a US Naval Officer flying P-3 aircraft.  He has led or contributed to the development of 17 major systems, including the Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation systems, the Battle Group Passive Horizon Extension System, the National Crime Information Center, and the DDC1200 Digital Zone Control system for heating and air conditioning.  Mr. Honour now heads Honourcode, Inc., a training and consulting firm offering effective methods in the development of system products.  Mr. Honour has a BSSE (Systems Engineering) from the US Naval Academy, MSEE from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Australia based on his ground-breaking work to quantify the value of systems engineering.

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