This book describes a way to be successful in an increasingly challenging endeavor: developing systems that are effective, resilient, and affordable with respect to meeting stakeholders’ needs. Most people would prefer to be part of creating a successful system. Rumor has it, however, that some people would rather deliver an unsuccessful system so that they can continue being paid to make it successful; rumor also doubts those people will read this book.

We have been studying and experimenting with approaches for creating successful systems for many years and have seen constant evolution in system capability, content, and context. The systems we worked on were initially hardware items such as radios, power supplies, airplanes, and rockets. ...

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