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A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities

  • For the new systems engineer
  • For the engineer in another discipline who needs to perform systems engineering
  • For the experienced systems engineer who needs a convenient reference

The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook shows what each systems engineering process activity entails in the context of designing for affordability and performance. On some projects, a given activity may be performed very informally (e.g., on the back of an envelope, or in an engineer’s notebook); or, on other projects, a more formal response is required with interim products under formal configuration control. This book provides tools that lead to project success in various circumstances.

The Fourth Edition is now available.

As a member benefit, the SE Handbook Fourth Edition digital copy is available for download from the INCOSE Store to members, employees of CAB organizations, and students of Academic Council members. 

Select the Member Log In in the upper right to log in.  Once logged in, proceed to the INCOSE Store where the SE Handbook v4 digital file can be found. You will be required to "purchase" the item.  Once the order has been processed, you will receive a link via email to download the PDF. This link will also be available from your "Order History," on the INCOSE Store page. 

Members wishing to purchase a hardcopy from the Wiley Store are eligible for a discount.  The member discount code is also available in the INCOSE Store