Systems engineers also recognize that they have to match what the architecture team is hoping to accomplish with what the component builders can best provide. Through their leadership skills, the systems engineer works toward an ideal balance between the user’s vision, and a systems design that is easily implemented. When this balance is achieved, the systems engineer packages the builder information into three critical areas: 1) how the component must function; 2) how it needs to interface with the other components; and, 3) how it must adapt to the larger operational environment.
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A systems engineer is invaluable to an organization by preventing system problems from impacting the cost and schedule of programs. They rely on their technical and leadership skills to reduce the potential for rework associated with changes in design, interpretations with requirements, or confusion with the user’s intent. They are the ones who pay attention to the system details and ensure the user, the buyer, and the investor are all satisfied with the project’s outcome – which is the ultimate measure of success.