Showing Value and Providing Focus to System Architecting

Showing Value and Providing Focus to System Architecting

June 7, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 3:35 pm

Speaker: Steven Davies, Cal-State Poly Pomona

Some development programs don’t do system architecting because the management doesn’t see the benefit. Other programs do some system architecting activities but see little benefit. Management thinker Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Numerous studies show system architecting can provide value but don’t convey how system architecting provides value in concrete terms that can be observed or managed. The purpose of this study was to provide justification for doing system architecting and focus system architecting efforts on providing value. This was done by looking into how system architecting fits into the bigger environment of system development and program management. Stakeholders and their needs were identified. Each stakeholder need was examined to determined how architecting can support that need and what architecting needs to do or provide to maximize that support. These principles were exemplified with cases from the author’s experience architecting on system development programs and pursuits. Specific contributions provided by system architecting were identified in the areas of risk mitigation, system analysis, trade studies, and requirements development. The results from this study can be used to convey the potential benefits of system architecting to program management and measures that can be used to track how well an architecting effort is supporting the architecture stakeholders.

Speaker Bio

Steven Davies is an experienced systems engineer, system architect, and educator. He has been teaching systems architecture in the Master of Science in System Engineering program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona since 2016. Prior to that he was Chief Engineer for a U.S. Navy GPS landing system development program recognized in 2012 by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering as one of the Top 5 Programs in systems engineering. He holds eight patents covering satellite anti-spoofing, high assurance computing, and digital signal processing hardware.