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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering Systems Division Working Paper Series ESD WP 2007 26 MEASURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING SUCCESS INSIGHTS FROM BASEBALL Craig Blackburn1 and Ricardo Valerdi2 MIT Lean Advancement Initiative cdb mit edu 1 MIT Lean Advancement Initiative rvalerdi mit edu 2 November 2007 Measuring Systems Engineering Success Insights from Baseball Craig Blackburn Ricardo Valerdi Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lean Advancement Initiative 77 Massachusetts Avenue Building 41 205 Cambridge MA 02139 United States of America cdb mit edu rvalerdi mit edu Copyright 2007 by Craig Blackburn Ricardo Valerdi Abstract Optimizing the efficiency of socio technical systems and determining accurate measurements of performance is a critical issue in many systems engineering enterprises In our analysis we explore some of the recurring themes of Michael Lewis s study of baseball depicted in the best selling book Moneyball and make the connection to corresponding Systems Engineering principles of interest The paper will focus on the Systems Engineering roadmap inspired by Lewis study for developing and refining a meaningful set of metrics for organizational transformation The following steps are highlighted to convey this transformation with the assistance of metrics identify and understand value in the enterprise and your organization consider an integrated system focus in your organization use cost analysis methods to implement a strategy for executing the transformation and manage risk throughout operations and improve the process continuously Introduction Studies of Socio Technical Systems One of the most complex issues in the evaluation of a working system is that of human interactions Unlike the interactions of inanimate objects there are no exact equations known that can define the interfacing of the most complex systems ever made those of human beings Socio technical systems is defined as broad systems in which both human and non human elements



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