Critical Success Factors for Rapid, Innovative Solutions

  • Jo Ann Lane
  • Barry Boehm
  • Mark Bolas
  • Azad Madni
  • Richard Turner
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6195)


Many of today’s problems are in search of new, innovative solutions. However, the development of new and innovative solutions has been elusive to many, resulting in considerable effort and dollars and no solution or a mediocre solution late to the marketplace or customer. This paper describes the results of research conducted to identify the critical success factors employed by several successful, high-performance organizations in the development of innovative systems. These critical success factors span technical, managerial, people, and cultural aspects of the innovative environment.


critical success factors innovation systems engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo Ann Lane
    • 1
  • Barry Boehm
    • 1
  • Mark Bolas
    • 1
  • Azad Madni
    • 1
  • Richard Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Stevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA

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