Quantify Project Costs & Risks, Compare Alternatives, Determine Best Value for Large Systems Engineering Activities
In large systems as well as systems of systems, the systems engineering function is a critical activity. One of the systems engineering activities is cost analysis, cost tradeoffs, and risk mitigation of large systems. Systems engineering is a substantial and important cost to programs. And even as systems engineers use models such as SEER to quantify hardware and software, the cost of systems engineering itself needs to be understood and managed. SEER for Systems Engineering give the view of the complexity and cost of those systems engineering activities.
Without a robust methodology for complex problem resolution, organizations often waste effort, budget, and time either solving the wrong problems, developing incomplete fixes, or “gold plating” already suitable solutions. Systems Engineering is considered the most effective response to such challenges because it is a systematic approach to problem definition, responsive to nomadic requirements, structured in a way that minimizes effort and may provide a significant return on investment.
SEER for Systems Engineering (SEER-SYS) is the Galorath solution that generates estimates of systems engineering cost, schedule, and effort with greater fidelity than previously available. SEER-SYS brings the same detailed parametric approach that Galorath has developed for hardware, software, IT and manufacturing cost estimation and applies it to systems of all sizes and complexities.
Understand Systems Engineering Effort, Don't Just Use a Thumb In The Air
INCOSE found that an average expenditure on systems engineering is about 8% of a project budget. But is that enough for your project? In order to use that wrap factor you must already have performed estimates of hardware, software, IT and more. With SEER-SYS you optimize systems engineering cost to get the benefit of the downstream improvements (average project cost reduced by more than 20% while increasing the likelihood of meeting deadlines by 50%.)
Further, INCOSE found that spending the right effort on systems engineering earlier in the project could prevent:
- Over one-third of all projects failing
- Over two-thirds not achieving all their goals
Early Systems engineering effort helps identify issues before impending failure when the project is overdue and over budget.
"We want to get our projects completed as cost effectively as possible. And we find proper spend on systems engineering is critical. With SEER-SYS we understand and can defend budget requests for systems engineering, thus improving project performance." Program manager
Make Informed Decisions Based On Cost, Risk, and Value
SEER for Systems Engineering provides systems engineers, program managers, cost analysts and others to understand and optimize the effort and schedule of large systems engineering activities. Some of the things SEER-SYS will help with include:
- Understand and manage cost drivers and project risks
- Analyze complex and interdependent lifecycle trade-offs
- Perform architectural cost trade-offs early and effectively
- Specify system size from component level up to System-of-Systems
- Produce defendable estimates consistent with the work scope of ISO-15288 with a Work Breakdown Structure based on ANSI-632
- Incorporate other costs such as licenses, tools, and software development as part of the system design trade
- Project systems engineering staffing requirements over the span of the project
- Leverage the industry’s most comprehensive project Knowledge Bases to generate viable estimates for all system design options long before an approach has been finalized
Let's Get Technical
Detailed Estimation of Systems Engineering Effort
SEER project estimation and management solutions improve success rates on complex development projects. Based on sophisticated modeling technology and extensive knowledge bases, SEER solutions help enterprises assess up-front project feasibility, optimize project costs and schedules, and assess risks and probabilities to achieve successful project outcomes.
Detailed Systems Engineering Costs, Schedule and Effort
SEER for Systems Engineering (SEER-SYS) provides the ability to create estimates of systems engineering cost, schedule , and effort. SEER-SYS allows users to truly hone in on the characteristics of their system. SEER-SYS estimates are a function of system functional size along with adjustments from a number of environmental factors related to systems engineering. SEER-SYS also brings the same detailed parametric approach that Galorath has developed for hardware, software, IT and manufacturing cost estimation and applies it to systems of all sizes and complexities.
A Greater Level of Specification Ensures The True Cost and Risk Drivers Are Included
With SEER-SYS, users can:
- Specify system size through common systems engineering products, such as requirements and interfaces
- Perform trade studies and identify the effect of different program decisions on the systems engineering effort required
- Evaluate the impact of reusing existing system components against new designs
- Develop systems engineering budgets consistent with the work scope of ISO-15288
- Generate detailed systems engineering estimates, broken down to a Work Breakdown Structure consistent with ANSI-632
- Estimate systems of all sizes, from component level to System-of-systems
SEER-SYS provides another level of risk analysis and budget analysis through the use of standard or user provided labor rates, and defensible standardization with Knowledge Bases established on Galorath Systems Engineering research and the work of Dr Ricardo Valerdi introduced as COSYSMO. This proven model plus Galorath's research provide a validated model with years of collaboration with Galorath partners and industry champions.
Knowledge Bases Get Baseline Estimates And Norms Fast
SEER-SYS includes four Knowledge Base categories that provide previously vetted, industry standard parameter settings. It also allows users to create and use their own Knowledge Base for company standard parameter settings, ensuring more consistency between estimates.
- Environment/Platform: Describes the operating environment or platform for the project. Knowledge Bases provided include Air-Manned, Air-Unmanned, Commercial, Ground, Industrial, Sea, Space-Manned, and Space-Unmanned
- System Level: Defines the system hierarchy and the system level being modeled. Knowledge Bases provided include System-of-Systems (SoS), Major System, Major Subsystem, Minor Subsystem, Line Replaceable Unit, and Component
- Application: Defines the technology application of the system being developed. Knowledge Bases provided include Aerospace and Telecommunications. Several more detailed application Knowledge Bases are planned including Automotive, Data Systems/IT, Manufacturing, Military/Defense, Scientific/Research, Space Systems, and Transportation.
- Acquisition: Defines the maturity of the system being modeled. Knowledge Bases provided include Follow-on program and New Development/First Release.