The need for process improvement and the demonstration of its benefits in businesses and organizations around the world have been soundly proven. This paper published by Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute briefly describes the state of the practice of process improvement in small settings, some of the issues and complexities involved, and a recommended research and development direction to uncover the requirements for broad success in this important and challenging area.
While SoS design and development involves many technical, business, and management topics, This paper focuses only on the process-related aspects of building or evolving such very large systems. The page has been divided in eight sections. The report concludes that, unless steps like those outlined in this report are taken in conjunction with continuing technical research and development, the large scale systems development efforts of the future will almost certainly fail, and often catastrophically. This paper reviews the fundamental process and project-management problems of large-scale SoS-like programs and outlines steps to address these problems.