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A Scenario-Based Process for Requirements Development: Application to Mission Operations SystemsThe notion of using operational scenarios as part of requirements development during mission formulation (Phases A & B) is widely accepted as good system engineering practice. In the context of developing a Mission Operations System (MOS), there are numerous practical challenges to translating that notion into the cost-effective development of a useful set of requirements. These challenges can include such issues as a lack of Project-level focus on operations issues, insufficient or improper flowdown of requirements, flowdown of immature or poor-quality requirements from Project level, and MOS resource constraints (personnel expertise and/or dollars). System engineering theory must be translated into a practice that provides enough structure and standards to serve as guidance, but that retains sufficient flexibility to be tailored to the needs and constraints of a particular MOS or Project. We describe a detailed, scenario-based process for requirements development. Identifying a set of attributes for high quality requirements, we show how the portions of the process address many of those attributes. We also find that the basic process steps are robust, and can be effective even in challenging Project environments.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Bindschadler, Duane L.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Boyles, Carole A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 3, 2015
Publication Date
May 12, 2008
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Meeting Information
Meeting: SpaceOps 2008
Location: Heidelberg
Country: Germany
Start Date: May 12, 2008
End Date: May 16, 2008
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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