Deployment Packages Distribution

Mission & Objectives

The VSE WG Purpose

  • Systems Engineering concepts have been adopted and adapted by most industries.
  • In the context of Very Small Entities (VSE) and small projects, these concepts can be tailored to improve:

•Product development efficiency
•Product Quality
•Contribute to Standardization

The VSE WG Goal
  • Systems engineering concepts have been adopted and adapted by many industries in various domains for the development of product and services.
  • In the context of VSEs, these concepts can be used or tailored to improve:
  • Product development and service delivery efficiency (including costs and delays)
  • Product Quality and Deployment to meet stakeholder needs

The VSE WG Exists:

  • To improve and make product development within VSEs more efficient by using Systems Engineering concepts, standards and proven practices
  • To elaborate tailored guidance to apply, in the context of either a prime or subcontractor role, to VSEs
  • To provide the best of Systems Engineering  techniques, methods and processes for the betterment of the broad scope of domains around the globe 
  • To support the transformation of Systems Engineering to a model based discipline



Contact the VSE WG
Angela Robinson - Chair
Ken Ptack - Co-Chair
Claude Laporte - Co-Chair

IS2017  Outcomes
  • DP Review  for publication by relevant WG Guidelines:
  • Objective: Clarity, completeness, indicating internal and external conflicts with state-of-the art and best practices.
  • Rationale: The comments need to be constructive criticism where the background for the comment clear.
  • Survey to Worldwide Chapters on Use of ISO29110
  1. Do you know about ISO29110?
  2. Who is using it?
  3. Do you know what a VSE is?
  4. Have you experienced unsuccessful attempts at introducing SE into you organization?
    1. What worked?
    2. What didn’t work?
    3. Ask  for VSE success testimony; written, video
  5. If you have you experienced success in introducing SE into you organization:
    1. What was the key to success factor?
  6. Are there VSEs in your Chapter?
  7. Ask the VSEs in your Chapter (This question should briefly describe the 29110 Standard)
    1. Does the VSE know about the 29110 standard?
    2. Does the VSE have documented processes?
    3. List DPs and ask about
      1. Success
      2. Pain Points
      3. Challenges
  8. Tailoring 15288: successes/failures, challenges
    1. Experience in lessons learned
    2. Success
    3. Challenges

VSE WG IS2017 Minutes 17Jul17

IW2017  Outcomes: VSE WG Meeting Minutes IW17

Working Groups

INCOSE working groups are a great place to meet individuals who are looking to overcome similar challenges.  These groups often span multiple regions and industries, so we can really look at these topics in a broad, informed way.   In the North Star Chapter, we have several members Chair/working in different groups like the Measurement, SE in Very Small Enterprises (VSE), Handbook as well as others. There are many topics to choose from.  Finding the groups and joining is easy!

To join any working group:

1. Login to your account at INCOSE.ORG

2. Click on the “Profile Home” link at the top of the page.

3. Scroll down to “My committees/Working Groups and click on the link “Browse/Join a Working Group”

4. This will result in a list of Working Groups under the header Committees.  (The terms are interchangeable)

5. Scroll down until you see find a committee that you are interested in.  Click the link and then on the right click on the (view) link.

6. This will result in a roster of current WG members.  

7. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and under “Committee Tasks” click on "Join this Committee"

Working groups are a great way to learn more about a subject, grow your network, and share your knowledge about a subject. 

Get Started TODAY with this link to Working Groups page!

Working Group Products

Public Site of the ISO Working Group Mandated to Develop ISO/IEC 29110 Standards and Guides for Very Small Entities involved in the Development or Maintenance of Systems and/or Software

As systems and software quality increasingly become a subject of concern, and as process approaches are maturing and earning the confidence of organizations, the use of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 international standards is spreading in organizations of all sizes. 

A Very Small Entity (VSE) is an entity (enterprise, organization, department or project) having up to 25 people. However, most standards were not written having in mind Very Small Entities (VSEs) and are consequently difficult to apply in such settings. Worldwide, the percentage of micro and small enterprises is quite high. The table below shows that 92.2% of Eurepoean enterprises have up to 9 employees, another 6.5% have between 10 to 49 employees. Micro enterprises account for 70% to 90% of enterprises in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries and about 57% in USA.

Size of Enterprises in Europe (Moll, R., Being prepared – A bird’s eye view of SMEs and risk management, ISO Focus +, February 2013)

Here is a link to Professor Claude Y. Laporte's website for detailed information on SE for VSE.



Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

IW2018 TBD!

Planned Presentations at the Next Annual

GLRC11:  ISO/IEC 29110 Deployment Packages and Case Study for Systems Engineering: The "Not-So-Secret" Ingredients That Power the Standard”