PM-SE Integration Working Group

Mission & Objectives

Identify and promote opportunities associated with the effective integration of the Systems Engineering and Project/Program Management Disciplines.

  • Explore the linkages necessary to create effective integration and collaboration between systems engineers and program managers
  • Be the integration point where systems engineers, program/project managers, collaborate and integrate their efforts


  • Facilitate collaboration between systems engineering and program management communities.
  • Demonstrate the value of integrating systems engineering and program management to develop better solutions that drive strategic business results and outcomes.
  • Produce useful deliverables that support effective integration and practice of collaborative systems engineering and program management.
  • Provide thought leadership on open integration challenges between program management and systems engineering.
  • Bring external thinking into the systems engineering and program management communities to facilitate thinking outside of the box.
  • Represent a think tank for free thinking and engagement around critical issues associated with program management and systems engineering.
  • Draft guidelines and/or influence existing ones  (e.g. PMBoK, SEBoK, etc.) based on experience and exchanges on PM/SE integration and collaboration.

Our scope encompasses activities relating to defining, capturing, evolving, and communicating PM/SE integration best practices. This may include training material, guideline material, recommendations for industry best practices and standards, and shared output with industry working groups from other organizations.

Additionally, also in scope is joining efforts with other INCOSE working groups such as Requirements, Risks, Lean SE, Agile SE, etc... where appropriate, to ensure subject matter expertise is seamlessly integrated into various aspects of the systems engineering process. Exploration of common problems and/or practices also falls within scope.

Strong knowledge and experience in Engineering Management and/or Project Management application and frequent obstacles, differences, gaps, overlaps, etc. are required. Hands-on experience in industries is welcomed.


- Jean-Claude Roussel
- Gary Smith
- Tina Srivastava

Webmaster/IT Director
- Gretchen Peacock

Initiative Leaders
- Strategic Technical Planning - Charles Wasson, Colin Neill
- Competencies - Lilian Boichon
- Comparison of PMBoK and SEBoK - Eileen Arnold, Doug Cowper
- Digital Transformation - MGPL Narayana, Jim Cunningham
- Project Breakdown Structures (PjBS) - Jean-Claude Roussel 

Working Group Products

INCOSE collaborated with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to publish a book titled: Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering: Methods, Tools, and Organizational Systems for Improving Performance in 2017. This book shows how organizations can become more effective, more efficient, and more responsive, and enjoy better performance outcomes. The discussion begins with an overview of key concepts, and details the challenges faced by Systems Engineering and Program Management practitioners every day. The practical framework that follows describes how the roles can be integrated successfully to streamline project workflow, with a catalog of tools for assessing and deploying best practices. Case studies detail how real-world companies have successfully implemented the framework to improve cost, schedule, and technical performance, and coverage of risk management throughout helps you ensure the success of your organization's own integration strategy.

Book authors and editors:
- Eric S. Rebentisch
- Tina P. Srivastava
- Kenneth M. Zemrowski
- Virginia A. Greiman
- Edivandro Carlos Conforto
- Marin R. Nelson
- Stephen A. Townsend
- Eric S. Norman

The book is available for sale with an INCOSE membership discount on the INCOSE Store:

Planned work:

  • PMBoK updates
  • SEBoK updates
  • SE Handbook updates
  • PM/SE Integration Best Practices Guidelines
  • Recommendations for ISO Standards on PM/SE Integration

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

Recently Held Sessions:

- Telecon via GlobalMeet held on December 15, 2016
- IW17: Meeting held on January 30, 2017
- Telecon via GlobalMeet held on March 21, 2017
- Telecon via GlobalMeet held on May 26, 2017
     - PM-SE Working Group held on July 17
     - SE Fundamentals on Portfolio, Program, and Project Management held on July 17

Planned Sessions:

- Strategic Technical Planning Working Meeting scheduled for August 17, 10am-11am EDST

Planned Presentations at the Next Annual

2018 information coming soon!