AIRC Perspectives

Measuring the RoI of Digital Engineering: It’s a Journey, Not a Number

July 2022

AUTHORS: Tom McDermott1, Kaitlin Henderson2, Eileen Van Aken2, Alejandro Salado3, and Joseph Bradley4
STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 1, VIRGINIA TECH 2, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA 3, OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY 4

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 acquisition community. At this point, the services and program management offices 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. The new DE Measurement Framework, published through Practical Software and Systems Measurement, provides a starting point for this journey.