Abstract—The paper highlights the significance of applying system engineering in R&D projects. The research shows that system engineering in R&D projects not only facilitates the management process but also enhance the project performance in terms of requirements development and management, technical solution, system design development and testing, planning and monitoring of system engineering activities along with system engineering reviews and audits. This paper investigates the effectiveness of system engineering in R&D projects by focusing on different public sector R&D organizations. The research examines the knowledge and understanding of the working professionals in system engineering domain and its value addition in managing R&D projects for achieving better performance. The research is based on a survey in the form of a system engineering questionnaire. Project managers and team members involved in 15 projects of different R&D organizations participated in this survey. Results of this survey indicate a strong relationship between system engineering processes and the overall success or failure of the project in terms of satisfaction of the organization, user/customer, technical requirements, budget and schedule.
Index Terms—System engineering, project management, R&D projects.
U. Hamid, M. K. Raza and F. R. Naqvi are with the CASE, Pakistan, (e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Cite: Umar Hamid, Muhammad Kashif Raza, and Raza Faisal Naqvi, "Impact of System Engineering Practices on the Performance of R&D Projects – Initial Results," International Journal of Computer Theory and Engineering vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 158-161, 2013.