Systems engineering is increasingly important in today's business world. Even in businesses and industries where the term "systems engineering" is unknown, the need to guide the overall design and maintenance of business products and processes is apparent. Business cannot afford to develop products that won't meet their customers' needs or implement processes that will not "plug into" their enterprise frameworks.
For the manager seeking project success, the design team seeking to deliver a solution, and the customer seeking an answer to their needs, systems engineering is critical. It is through the application of sound systems engineering practices that the ultimate solution can be crafted to hit the mark while minimizing or eliminating unintended consequences. It is the systems engineer who maintains the systems perspective on the underlying needs and value proposition throughout the quest for a solution. It is the systems engineer who tracks the interaction of the system with its environment and works to prevent any unplanned, detrimental interactions that might result from the system design choices made along the way.
Without this systems perspective, solutions can go seriously awry. Unintended consequences can make the "cure" quite literally worse than the "disease." Design choices can cause the solution to veer away from the customer needs that called for the solution in the first place. Sound systems engineering approaches stand against these possibilities. Meeting the need for efficient and effective solution design is best accomplished by following nine "laws."