Architecture Working Group

Mission & Objectives

The Mission of the INCOSE Architecture Working Group (AWG) is to expand the practice of architecture in Systems Engineering and advance the body of knowledge.  Architecture is an integral part of the concepts and practice of Systems Engineering and must evolve with the ongoing advancements in Systems Engineering.  Therefore, a standing working group has been established to facilitate and focus ongoing advances across the various types of System Architecture and to support collaboration both across INCOSE and with other international bodies that have a common interest. 

The stakeholders of this WG are the practitioners and researchers in Systems and System of Systems Architecture. In recent years the ISO working group JTC1/SC7/WG42 has been a ‘customer’ and on-going collaborations with the IEEE and the OMG have been established.  It is an ongoing objective to seek closer collaborations with other WGs and Initiatives within INCOSE.

Specific ongoing objectives the INCOSE AWG seeks to accomplish are:

-        Advance and evolve the architecture body of knowledge

-        Promote the use and practice of architecture principles in systems engineering

-        Share best practices for the use of architecture in systems engineering projects

-        Develop the practice of architecture within AWG members’ home organizations

-        Expand the effort in architecture related standards and specifications.

The goals are accomplished by establishing specific outcomes each year at the INCOSE IW. 


Lead: Prof Mike Wilkinson
Co-lead: Richard Martin
Co-lead: Alain Faisandier

Working Group Products

Published products/in development (2016)

AWG members contributed to international standards (42020/42030, NAF/UAF)
AWG issued a discussion paper: "An architect's manifesto for the development of systems engineering"
AWG held a Panel Session at IS16: "Architecture: from snake oil to panacea?"

Initiatives/outcomes (2016)

Improved sector level collaboration via follow-up to EMEA session in 2015 
Establishment of architecture best practice via input to and review of international standards
Stimulation of debate on future of Systems Engineering via discussion paper and panel session
Continued broadening of architecture by participation with FEAPO and other Enterprise Architecture bodies
Workstreams initiated on Architecting Styles and Architecting Competencies
UK AWG celebrated its 10th anniversary with a retrospective at the UK Chapter's ASEC16

Planned work for 2017 - TBC at IW17

Standards support (WG42)
Cooperation on enterprise architecture 
Architecture developments planned
- Architecture-Centric Systems Engineering
- architecting competencies framework
- architecting styles

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

Recently held sessions:

Meeting held on Monday 1st February.

IS16: Panel Session session: "Architecture - from snake oil to panacea?" on Thursday 21st July.

IS16: AWG Meeting on Wednesday 20th July.

Planned sessions:

IW17: Meeting to be held on 30th January.

IS17: Meeting planned (TBC)

Planned Presentations at the Next Annual