The Triumvirate Approach



Book Title:  The Triumvirate Approach to Systems Engineering, Technology Management, and Engineering Management
Author: Thomas J. Day
Publisher: CRC Press /Taylor & Francis Group
List Price: $130.00
Format: Softcover
Publication Date: 2022
ISBN: 978-032-10462-1
Reviewer: Norah Almadani
Review Date: Dec 2023



Project management is a methodology with a set of structured approaches and a set of procedures to achieve an outcome of a defined objective. It applies tools and techniques to monitor, control, and capture data to produce an informative result on a project’s success. However, with the advancement of technological sophistication within modern systems, a deeper understanding of the product development life cycle and the processes that are involved with innovation and production is important. This is achieved by collaborating effectively with stakeholders who are directly involved with the design, development, and production of the technology. The Triumvirate approach to System Engineering, Technology Management, and Engineering Management discusses the three disciplines and their uses in executing technology-based development with the assistance of project management tools. It is an approach that supports technical program and project managers.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized as a journal with a collection of research documents with information cited and referenced. The author included a preface, table of contents, glossary, and a reference section referencing each chapter and an index page. Each chapter included an introduction, a body including graphical illustrations of process flows, and a summary of key points. There are fifteen chapters broken down into subsections for clarity guiding the reader through the content and they are organized chronologically.

Concepts of System Engineering, Technology Management, and Engineering management were presented in detail including descriptive process flows that are detailed to present the subprocesses, dependencies, and transition steps from one process to the other.

System Engineering methodology was discussed in detail including product life cycle and problem solving, followed by the transition to Technology Management operations that focuses on the strategic and organizational aspect of the technology and ended with Engineering Management that highlights the decision-making process for selecting and identifying executable innovation.


Failure of most projects comes from the lack of clarity or the incomplete execution of the original plan, on the other hand, the success of technology development is achieved by understanding the innovation, its classification, requirements, specifications, and knowing the resources needed to build it. It requires a detailed definition of the technology and its desirable outcome and uses. Also, it is crucial to have the proper tools to manage the resources in addition to implementing the right frameworks that guide the use of the managing tools. All leading to a structured development and a successful reproducible outcome.


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How to cite this review: Almadani, N. (2020).  The Triumvirate Approach to Systems Engineering, Technology Management, and Engineering Management, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/pmwj138-Feb2024-Almadani-the-triumvirate-approach-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Norah Almadani

Dallas, Texas, United States


Norah K. Almadani holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. She furthered her education by obtaining a M.Sc. in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of Stuttgart. One of Norah’s notable achievements is completing the project Management Professional (PMP) certification, which highlights her dedication to enhancing her skills and knowledge in project management.

Norah’s Career began as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality, and Solid Waste Management at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. During her time there, she conducted research projects focused on eliminating micropollutants from wastewater treatment plant effluents.

Email address: norah.madani@proton.me

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