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A framework and methodology for enhancing operational requirements development : United States Coast Guard cutter project case study

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dc.contributor.advisor Donna H. Rhodes. en_US Schofield, Douglas M. (Douglas MacLean) en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US 2010-10-12T19:02:51Z 2010-10-12T19:02:51Z 2010 en_US 2010 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M. in System Design and Management)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, 2010. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 110-113). en_US
dc.description.abstract Within any major United States Coast Guard cutter acquisition project, developing the operational requirements in the early phases of acquisition is difficult as the complexity of the system is not easily understood until the detailed design is completed. This can lead to requirements that are too broad or analysis efforts strategically focused on sections that are not at high risk to future design efforts or within sections that are decoupled from the major design parameters. This is often experienced when analysis studies are conducted independently and not evaluated from a total systems perspective. In order to improve the requirements generation methodology within United States Coast Guard acquisition, this thesis introduces a process focused Operational Requirements Framework. This framework synthesizes program, sponsor, and technical authority requirements a generic framework that focuses on a high-level systems engineering viewpoint to ensure that all requirements processes and their interactions are understood simultaneously. Within this framework, stakeholder analysis, operations and missions, and the design effects of "ilities" and interfaces are added to enhance the requirements development process. These new processes provide a better understanding of how the operational requirements meet value for all stakeholders and how the interaction of these requirements over the life cycle affects the acquisition project. This thesis also establishes a methodology, adapted from Responsive Systems Comparison (RSC), and practical application of this methodology in a current Coast Guard acquisition project. This 5-process method provides a diverse group of stakeholders key insight into the overall interaction of value, design variables, and contextual life cycle changes and their impact to the overall project. This can improve the coordination of the operational requirements generation and provide prioritization into analysis work necessary to establish a total systems approach towards requirements generation. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Douglas M. Schofield. en_US
dc.format.extent 113 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Engineering Systems Division. en_US
dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title A framework and methodology for enhancing operational requirements development : United States Coast Guard cutter project case study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US System Design and Management en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 668080136 en_US

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