Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1. Purpose and Scope

The overall purpose of this book is to present a broad approach to the effective development of systems, especially those involving multiple disciplines—as most systems do. We use a variety of practical, real-world case studies to illustrate the nature of systems and the system development process, and we include system models that can be used in the process.

The book builds on the methods and techniques originally described in Strategies for Real-Time System Specification [Hatley 88]. It is based on more than a decade of experience, our own and many others’, in the practical application and teaching of the methods and techniques. When Strategies was written, we were working in the avionics engineering ...

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