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Systems Engineering Affordability Tracking System

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Is your program “on target”? How do you define “on target”? How do you measure a program’s progress? Systems Engineering Affordability Tracking (SEAT) can help you answer these questions. The SEAT System is a process and a tool to help produce a more affordable system, project, or program. SEAT goes beyond the current contractual obligations that traditional Earned Value Management (EVM) processes perform, by expanding the scope of the process and the targets tracked. All program phases from Early Development through the end of program are incorporated within the system. In addition to life cycle cost (LCC), the System Engineering Affordability targets include performance (TPMs), schedule, risk, investments, and opportunities. Furthermore, SEAT provides data to identify best value solutions and/or program changes via cost effectiveness analyses and trades from a product and technology perspective.
All together, the SEAT System can help to achieve a program’s Affordability goals, by identifying opportunities to reduce cost, to streamline processes, and to improve design, performance, and effectiveness. In addition to providing an overview of SEAT, this paper will describe the implementation of such a system on an existing program and the analyses performed.


Karen Mourikas
Karen Mourikas is an Operations and Systems Analyst at The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, CA. Currently, she supports the Analysis, Modeling, Simulation and Experimentation (AMSE) group in Advanced Systems focusing on Experimentation. Previously, she worked as an Affordability Analyst in the Systems Engineering Affordability group within Phantom Works. Prior to that role, Karen worked as a Software Engineer at Boeing, as well as at several other companies. As an Affordability analyst, Karen worked on various programs estimating Life Cycle Costs, analyzing Cost Uncertainty, integrating Cost Risk with Risk Management processes, and performing Cost Effectiveness Trades. Karen holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Connecticut College, and two MS degrees from the University of Southern California, one in Applied Mathematics and the other in Operations Research Engineering.

Denise Nelson
Denise Nelson is an Affordability analyst at The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, CA. Since 2004, Denise has worked in the Phantom Works organization, supporting multiple programs and projects with the bulk of her experience on GPS Systems. She is active in the Boeing Systems Engineering Function and, in particular, serves on the Training Committee representing Affordability. Prior to her work at Boeing, Denise was a math instructor at Cal Poly Pomona, first as a Teaching Associate, then as an Adjunct Faculty member. Denise holds a BS in Statistics and a MS in Pure Math.