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How to Do Systems Analysis : Primer and Casebook (Hardcover) (John E. Gibson & William T. Scherer &
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This book provides an introduction to systems engineering, mainly at the conceptual or “systems thinking” level. Using a principle based approach, the authors concentrate on theart of systems engineering, rather than the modeling methods or the formalprocesses. This book enhances the original material discussed in How to Do Systems Analysis (Wiley, 2007), fundamentally, problem solving for large-scale complex systems. Half of this book sets forth the material and half of it contains case studies illustrating the material. In the first half of the book, the authors provide an introduction to the concepts of systems analysis. They present six major phases of systems analysis, providing a method for problem solving across diverse disciplines. The authors also detail a seven-step process for creating a meaningful problem statement. Properties of Index of Performance (IP) and relevant issues are discussed, and the critical process of generating candidate solutions is covered. Additionally, the authors examine the issues involved in managing the systems analysis process and outline the 10 “Golden Rules” of systems analysis. The second half of the book contains practical examples of consulting engagements and case studies in which these principles are applied.