Measuring systems engineering progress using digital engineering

Tom McDermott, Kaitlin Henderson, Eileen Van Aken, Alejandro Salado, Joseph Bradley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Since publication of the Department of Defense (DoD) Digital Engineering Strategy in 2018, Digital Engineering (DE) and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) have become a central digital transformation strategy for the entire systems engineering (SE) community. At this point, we are still struggling to quantify the value of this DE transformation. Research conducted by the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) in collaboration with a government/industry Digital Engineering Measures Working Group created the first formal measurement framework for this transformation. Organizational leadership desires a quick and aggregated answer to the question "What is the return on investment for my DE transformation?" However, SE must first do the work to create the bottoms-up detailed measures and measurement strategy that will allow them to attain that answer over time. The new DE Measurement Framework, published through Practical Software and Systems Measurement (, provides a starting point for this journey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSystems Engineering for the Digital Age
Subtitle of host publicationPractitioner Perspectives
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781394203314
ISBN (Print)9781394203284
StatePublished - Sep 29 2023


  • Change management
  • Digital engineering
  • Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Engineering


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