U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Ed Ryen, P.E.
For the past year or so, we have been using the process quite diligently; prior to that it was hit or miss due to lack of understanding of the process.
There were a couple of incidents where the process was not used that resulted in the loss of Federal funds for the deployments. Another time the process was not used to the extent it should have been, resulting in a system that was not installed properly. We are still trying to resolve issues related to the system installation.
Systems engineering has helped us document our processes better and has helped us realize some of the analysis’ can be reused on other projects, Identification of stakeholders, which can sometimes be overlooked as well as the operation and maintenance of a system once it is deployed.
We have found the traceability aspect of the process to be one of the more helpful aspects. This aspect of the process has allowed us to link outcomes for a project back to stakeholder needs, which in turn has allowed us to better keep to the intended scope of a project (i.e., prevent scope creep).
How have you benefited from use of the Systems Engineering Guidebook website?
Yes, it has helped us develop systems engineering process guidance for use within our organization.