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  • 1. Systems engineering-key to modern development

    Publication Year: 1956, Page(s):64 - 66
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  • 2. The Systems Approach: Can Engineers Use the Scientific Method?

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):72 - 80
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    Currently, the ``systems approach'' is more an attitude than a plan of action. The method and concepts of science can help this field achieve the latter status. A system is defined, and current practice in systems engineering is described. The methods of science are described and suggested as a guide for the systems approach. Some of the tools and concepts used in systems work are described. View full abstract»

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  • 3. Engineering Program Planning and Control Through the Use of PERT

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):125 - 134
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    An application of the recently-developed PERT system is described. Techniques for use in planning technical objectives for a project are discussed. The concept of design review is related to the setting of objectives. Time and cost estimating for program planning and control are discussed. The experience of one organization with the initiation and development of the PERT system is described. The n... View full abstract»

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  • 4. Improved Management of Military Development Programs Needed to Conserve Our Engineering Manpower

    Publication Year: 1957, Page(s):20 - 24
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    The future security of this nation requires continued technological superiority in weapons and weapons systems. To maintain this technical lead in the face of our already inadequate supply of scientists and engineers is a matter of grave concern. The outlook for increasing the supply of technical graduates to meet these demands over the next decade is not good. It is essential, therefore, that we ... View full abstract»

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  • 5. Work Measurement and Productivity in Engineering Design

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):83 - 95
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    Analysis of design engineering functions has suggested the practicality of determining the normal degree of their occurrence by means of supervisor samplings of the elements of work being done during representative work periods. Such sampling data can be analyzed to determine 1) the intrinsic time-out or job fatigue trends; 2) elemental work profiles for each representative work category; 3) produ... View full abstract»

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  • 6. A Look at Network Planning

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):113 - 116
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    The evolution of network planning techniques is described. The main lines of development and the variations around them are indicated. Those discussed include: Critical Path, PERT, PEP, CPM, LESS, PACT, SPECTROL, and SCANS. A table is presented of areas within industrial or military organizations where such techniques are in operation or appear suitable for application. View full abstract»

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  • 7. A Method for Evaluation of Defensive Weapon Delivery Systems

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):23 - 28
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    A procedure is given for the application of a measure of value of radar and defensive weapon control systems. Value, as distinguished from performance, is defined herein as the sum of the weighted integrals of a system's cumulative probability of detection, per unit cost, with respect to detection range over an appropriate interval. The problem boundaries are established as the minimum required de... View full abstract»

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  • 8. PERT-Tool for R and D Project Decision Making

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):116 - 121
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    The question of whether PERT is of significant value to project managers will not be resolved until the technique is understood to be a tool for a newly recognized function rather than a new tool for an old function. The newly recognized function is decision making as opposed to the old function of planning and control. The need for the performance of the new function arises from the dynamic and c... View full abstract»

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  • 9. Some Factors Related to Management of an Applied Research Project

    Publication Year: 1955, Page(s):16 - 21
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  • 10. THE DECISIONS OF ENGINEERING DESIGN

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):55 - 71
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    Two examples of plant design are described and an abstract model of the process of design is suggested. The model is used to discuss the search for possible solutions, the strategies for their examination, and the rules for choosing between them. It seems likely that the model applies only to problems requiring novel solutions and not to those for which the form of solution is known, but the choic... View full abstract»

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  • 11. Technical Management of Missile Systems

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):133 - 135
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    Capability and economy in complex missile systems demand fundamental changes in technical management. Improvement can begin with military requirement, development, and procurement agencies in their management of the initiation and follow-up of the project. Of greatest importance is the complete involvement of senior technical personnel in conception and development, apart from auxiliary service an... View full abstract»

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  • 12. Pitfalls and Safeguards in Real-Time Digital Systems with Emphasis on Programming

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):99 - 115
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    Real-time digital systems are largely a technical innovation of the past decade, but they appear destined to become more wide spread in the future. They monitor or control a real physical environment, such as an air-traffic situation, as distinguished from simulating that environment on an arbitrary time scale. The complexity and rapid variation of such an environment necessitates use of a fast an... View full abstract»

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  • 13. Weapons System Management

    Publication Year: 1957, Page(s):1 - 3
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    A weapons system provides for, and includes, all elements required to perform a desired mission. The scope of a weapons system begins at the conception of an idea and ends with the successful use of the weapon in the field. A wide variety of weapons systems are concurrently in process at Martin. To manage these projects, a somewhat unique organizational structure has been developed. In fact, it is... View full abstract»

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  • 14. Situations That Affect the Productivity of Engineers

    Publication Year: 1957, Page(s):17 - 19
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    The performance of engineers is closely related to their motivation. Some techniques of administration that encourage individual engineers to identify themselves with their jobs and to feel a responsibility for accomplishing the objectives of management will be discussed. View full abstract»

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  • 15. The Application of Closed-Loop Techniques to Engineering Project Planning

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):96 - 103
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    The techniques described in this paper to control research, development and engineering projects are adaptations of those developed and well-proven methods used for controlling manufacturing processes. To complete an engineering project to meet established specifications, within allotted funds and in the scheduled time, it is necessary to program the various phases and requirements of the project ... View full abstract»

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  • 16. Logic and Illogic in Engineering and Management

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):144 - 151
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    Illogic resulting from emotional thinking may be found at all levels of engineering. Typical instances are the NIH (not invented here) factor, wishful thinking, self-protection, and half-hearted compromises. Methods of the engineering supervisor or manager for filtering out the emotionally inspired illogic in order to reach clear decisions are presented. These range from defining the basic problem... View full abstract»

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  • 17. A. Systematic Procedure for System Development

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):77 - 86
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    A technique is described for the development of system objectives, requirements, specifications, and conceptual design. It is derived from experience with a number of actual systems in the fields of air defense and airborne fire control. The need for precise knowledge of system functional objectives is stressed. A checklist relating to envirionmental requirements is presented. A seven-step process... View full abstract»

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  • 18. A Survey of the Intra-Company Impact of Weapon System Management

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):37 - 40
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    A survey was made on the internal organizational and administrative adjustments made by companies in the weapon systems business. A questionnaire was returned by more than 40 top executives and was followed up by interviews with 23. The effects of weapon system management on industry responsibility, skill requirements, acceleration of R & D and other factors are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • 19. The Applicability of PERT as a Management Tool

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):130 - 131
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    This paper discusses the environment in which analytical methods of program evaluation and review (PERT, PEP) are most useful. The conditions under which these techniques are most applicable are discussed. A number of limitations are pointed out. Aspects of the cost of using these techniques are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • 20. A Cost Control Extension of the PERT System

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):147 - 149
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    The anticipated total cost of a complex project is placed on a simple statistical quality control basis, through a natural extension of the PERT system of management control. The method is designed to provide management with the earliest possible warning of a potential budget overrun, consistent with the uncertainties inherent in the basic data. The procedure, when applicable, can readily be made ... View full abstract»

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  • 21. Development of a Technical Services Department in IBM

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):139 - 142
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    To develop the highly complex products required of industry today, it is necessary to provide the research and engineering personnel developing these products with an array of highly specialized supporting services. Since these supporting skills are not required by any one engineering group 100 per cent of the time, economics dictates that these services be centralized. Thus, a Technical Services ... View full abstract»

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  • 22. A Generalized Network Approach to Project Activity Sequencing

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):103 - 107
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    R and D projects are viewed as networks of inter-related events to be achieved in proper ordered sequence. This paper generalizes some earlier work. The present paper takes cognizance of technical performance and scarce resources as well as time. By means of the analysis presented herein, it is possible to find the optimal combination of time, technical performance level, and resources for any pro... View full abstract»

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  • 23. The Role of Project Management in Scientific Manufacturing

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):109 - 113
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    A survey was made of various types of project management organizations used to achieve some measure of managerial unity. Four principal types were identified. The project expediter achieves unity of communication, the project coordinator gets unity of control, the project confederation achieves unity of direction, and project general management accomplishes the ultimate unity of command. Furthermo... View full abstract»

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  • 24. Problems of Engineering Management

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):61 - 64
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    All problems of management can ultimately be traced to human beings. The technical manager must have the respect of his people to be effective. They can best assess him through the common ground of technical ability. It is the obligation of the technical manager to convey his philosophy of management to his people and to train them in his methods of operation. The successful manager must constantl... View full abstract»

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  • 25. Dynamic Project-Orientated Industrial Organization

    Publication Year: 1957, Page(s):128 - 131
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  • 26. The Transition from Engineer to Supervisor

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):29 - 32
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    In a rapidly expanding engineering organization the need for first-line supervision is as critical, if not more so, as for working engineers. For the development of a stable organization, this supervision must come from the ranks of the engineering force. The training of an engineer for supervision must, of necessity, be on-the-job training. This is usually a long and sometimes delicate process. T... View full abstract»

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  • 27. Technical Communications in Defense Industry

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):49 - 54
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    Restricting its attention to those non-policy-making technical communications within the defense industry, this paper attempts 1) to show the importance of such communications by means of practical examples, 2) to survey and evaluate current systems employed for both internal and external communications by firms of differing size, and 3) to suggest possible alternative systems for ameliorating ext... View full abstract»

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  • 28. On the Anatomy of Development Projects

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):34 - 42
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    The structure of an R & D project is described in terms of an Effort-Distribution Array. A logistic model is presented for the cumulative times series of effort devoted to a project, and problems of using such curves for prediction are discussed. A set of rules is given, which, with the aid of computer simulation, can be used to generate a project schedule. The consequences of several combinat... View full abstract»

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  • 29. Research on a Research Department: An Analysis of Economic Decisions on Projects

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):166 - 173
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    A case study was made of the way in which economic analyses were carried out on research and development projects in a medium-sized company. The flow diagram for a typical research project is presented. Interviews with key executives in the company and the analysis of a number of discontinued or unsuccessful projects provided data on who made what economic decisions during the life of a project. S... View full abstract»

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  • 30. Electronics Looks at the Future

    Publication Year: 1956, Page(s):80 - 86
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  • 31. The Project Overlay System of Research Organization

    Publication Year: 1957, Page(s):105 - 108
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This Transactions ceased production in 1962. The current retitled publication is IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

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