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NASA - MSFC-HDBK-3173

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING HANDBOOK

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Organization: NASA
Publication Date: 9 November 2018
Status: active
Page Count: 277
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This Handbook describes the basic processes and provides general guidance for managing and implementing systems engineering throughout the life-cycle for all programs/projects/activities (PPA) managed at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and executing the systems engineering processes employed at MSFC. Its intended use is for PPAs that provide aerospace products, technologies, data, and operational services (aeronautics, space, and ground). It also serves as an information source for PPA such as non-flight infrastructure, Construction of Facilities (CofF), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and for research and analysis PPAs. The guidance contained in this document, while not required, documents proven best practices and approaches to systems engineering and is aligned with the NASA and MSFC policies and guidance for Systems Engineering.

Systems engineering principles and practices described in this Handbook apply to MSFC PPAs. Nevertheless, the emphasis of the document is to describe the systems engineering processes necessary for PPA development; therefore, in general, the document refers only to systems engineering.

While all process activities and general guidance are addressed, PPA managers, working with their systems engineers (SEs), and Chief Engineer (CE) may tailor and customize implementation to the specific needs of the PPA consistent with PPA size, complexity, criticality and risk. Tailoring and customizing are mechanisms to encourage innovation and achieve products in an efficient manner while meeting the expectations of the customer. Tailoring results when a requirement is removed or modified from a PPA, whereas, customization results when a best practice or guidance is removed or modified from the PPA (MRP 7120.1). Results of the tailoring will be documented in Program Commitment Agreements (PCAs), Program Plans, Project Plans, and Activity Plans. All PPAs comply with applicable MSFC directives, requirements established by law, regulations, Executive Orders, and Agency directives.

Document History

MSFC-HDBK-3173
November 9, 2018
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING HANDBOOK
This Handbook describes the basic processes and provides general guidance for managing and implementing systems engineering throughout the life-cycle for all programs/projects/activities (PPA)...
October 16, 2012
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING HANDBOOK
This handbook describes the basic processes and provides general guidance for managing and implementing the life-cycle for all projects managed at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and executing...
October 27, 2003
MULTIPROGRAM/PROJECT COMMON-USE DOCUMENT PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEM ENGINEERING HANDBOOK
This handbook provides a description of the basic processes and general guidance for managing and implementing the life cycle of all projects managed at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and...
May 30, 2001
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEM ENGINEERING HANDBOOK
This handbook provides the basic processes and general guidance for the life cycle of all programs and projects managed at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). It is intended to be used for projects...

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