Measuring systems engineering success: Insights from baseball

Craig Blackburn, Ricardo Valerdi

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Abstract

Optimizing the efficiency of socio-technical systems and determining accurate measurements of performance is a critical issue in many systems engineering enterprises. In our analysis we explore some of the recurring themes of Michael Lewis's study of baseball, depicted in the best selling book Moneyball, and we make the connection to corresponding systems engineering principles of interest. The paper will focus on the systems engineering roadmap inspired by Lewis' study for developing and refining a meaningful set of metrics for organizational transformation. The following steps are highlighted to convey this transformation with the assistance of metrics: identify and understand value in the enterprise and your organization; consider an integrated system focus in your organization; use cost analysis methods to implement a strategy for executing the transformation; and manage risk throughout operations and improve the process continuously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008
Pages2369-2385
Number of pages17
Volume4
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: Jun 15 2008Jun 19 2008

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Other18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008
CountryNetherlands
CityUtrecht
Period6/15/086/19/08

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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Blackburn, C., & Valerdi, R. (2008). Measuring systems engineering success: Insights from baseball. In 18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008 (Vol. 4, pp. 2369-2385)

Measuring systems engineering success : Insights from baseball. / Blackburn, Craig; Valerdi, Ricardo.

18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008. Vol. 4 2008. p. 2369-2385.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Blackburn, C & Valerdi, R 2008, Measuring systems engineering success: Insights from baseball. in 18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008. vol. 4, pp. 2369-2385, 18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008, Utrecht, Netherlands, 6/15/08.
Blackburn C, Valerdi R. Measuring systems engineering success: Insights from baseball. In 18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008. Vol. 4. 2008. p. 2369-2385
Blackburn, Craig ; Valerdi, Ricardo. / Measuring systems engineering success : Insights from baseball. 18th Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering, INCOSE 2008. Vol. 4 2008. pp. 2369-2385
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