The Triumvirate Approach



Book Title:  The Triumvirate Approach to Systems Engineering, Technology Management and Engineering Management
Author: Thomas J. Day
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price:  $130.00 (soft cover), $260 (hard cover)
Format: Soft cover, hard cover, eBook 348 pages
Publication Date: January 2022
ISBN: 978-1-032-10462-1
Reviewer: Richard Fisher, PMP
Review Date: February 2023



The Triumvirate Approach to Systems Engineering, Technology Management and Engineering Management is focused on the intersection of those three disciplines and how they might be used together to improve the complete product life cycle. The author clearly has significant government and military engineering experience and introduces concepts such as a “Concept of Operations,” that is most commonly found in military projects.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Roughly the first half of the book focuses on the product life cycle, from inception through operations. He pays particular attention to a project’s early phases, such as defining the problem or need, and the product that will ultimately address it. The second half of the book is more focused on

The book spends a lot of time introducing concepts but could benefit from more examples and some case studies. This would help illustrate the concepts, especially from an end-to-end perspective.


The book treats program and project management as a set of tools to control and monitor technical product development. Many PMBOK processes are discussed from an engineering perspective and assume a professional from one of the three disciplines in the title will fulfill many PMBOK requirements, such as functional requirements definition, risk management and testing. It treats program and project management as a tool focused on “tracking cost, scope, schedule and risk.”

Highlights: What I liked!

As a person from an engineering background, I liked the technical focus, and the discussion of a topic that is often overlooked.


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How to cite this review: Fisher, R. (2023).  The Triumvirate Approach to Systems Engineering, Technology Management and Engineering Management, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue IV, April. Available online at https://pmworldjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/pmwj128-Apr2023-Fisher-Triumvirate-Approach-to_Systems-Engineering-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Richard Fisher

North Texas, USA


Richard Fisher is an experienced Enterprise Architect focused on software systems in a variety of industries, including transportation, telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare and insurance. He works extensively in the intersection of different disciplines, including systems engineering, project management, technology management and operations.

Richard has his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Management, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). He is also certified as a PMP and Scrum Master.

Richard lives in the Dallas area with his wife, two sons, a dog and a cat. His wife is also a practicing project manager in the healthcare domain and is active in PMI. He can be contacted at: Richard@noctam.com

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