Agile Systems & Systems Engineering Working Group

This working group's mission is to provide a body of fundamental knowledge which enables systems engineering and engineered systems to operate effectively when knowledge is uncertain and environments are dynamic.

Working Group Purpose & Mission



The purpose of this working group is to identify and develop a body of knowledge that will inform systems engineering and related processes which require agile system capability. Agile systems of interest to this working group include both systems engineering processes and systems-engineered systems. This working group views agility as a sustainable system capability, enabled and constrained fundamentally by system architecture. This architecture delivers agile capability as reconfiguration, augmentation, and evolution of system functionality; enabling the system to respond to new and immediate situational requirements effectively. Effectiveness of response is measured in response time, response cost, response predictability, and response scope sufficient to sustain the system's functional intent.


Transformation Enablers

TechOps Domain






Rick Dove


Ron Lyells

Larri Rosser

Robin Yeman


The primary focus of this WG is on fundamentally necessary and sufficient architectural concepts and concept-employment principles that enable any system or process to be agile, and to show how these architectural concepts and principles are or might be applied advantageously to a variety of INCOSE-relevant systems and processes of interest. These examples will be directed at the application of necessary and sufficient agility-enabling concepts and principles, avoiding prescriptive interpretation and disclosure of organization-specific competitive-advantage differentiation. Application examples will include, for instance, systems engineering and management processes, Quick Reaction Capability, and acquisition processes, to name only a few.


  • Identification and justification of necessary and sufficient fundamental concepts for any system or process to be agile.
  • Identification and publication of a relevant body of knowledge appropriate for the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK).
  • Development and maintenance of appropriate contributions to the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook that provide fundamental enabling concepts and considerations for engineering agile systems and processes, and for employing agile SE processes.
  • Development of generic Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model fundamentals, compatible with IEEE/ISO 15288 and with agile systems engineering processes of all kinds.
  • Identification and development of informative examples of fundamental agile-system concepts employed in a variety of relevant system or process applications.
  • Socialization of work efforts with papers for INCOSE’s journal of Systems Engineering, papers and tutorials at the International Symposium, INSIGHT theme issues, and educational and tutorial Webinars.


– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 101: Architecture Fundamentals
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 102: Requirements Fundamentals
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 103: Design Fundamentals
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 104: Quality Fundamentals
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 105: Operational Awareness
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 106: Risk Management & Mitigation
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 201: Problem Space Derived Solution Requirements
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 202: Mixed Discipline Continuous Integration
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 203: Agility as a System 
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 204: Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 205: Agile SE in the Future of Systems Engineering (FuSE)
– INCOSE Webinar – Agile 206: Agile Systems Engineering ... It's Not Your Father's Oldsmobile
– WG Town Hall – Agile SE Life Cycle Model Fundamentals Project
– WG Webinar – Natural-System Patterns for SEing of Agile Self Organizing Security
– WG Webinar – System Engineering for Software Intensive Projects Using Agile Methods 
– WG Webinar – Agile WG Projects, Methods, and Collaboration Potential
– SE Handbook v4 Section 9.9: Agile Systems Engineering – Published in July 2015
– Decision Guidance Method for Systems Engineering Agility (WIP)
– Systems Engineering Agility – Primer (WIP)
– Systems Engineering Agility – Guide (WIP)
– Continuous Iterative Development and Acquisition 
– Vision 2035 Grand Challenge: Increasing dynamics and uncertainty in the SE environment
– SE Handbook v5 Sections 2.2.2 (Incremental Engineering), 3.1.3 (Agility Engineering), and 4.2.2 (Agile Systems Engineering) 
INSIGHT Publications
– 2014-Q2, Theme Issue: Agile-Systems Engineering & Agile Systems-Engineering
– 2015-Q2, Article: Needed - Practitioner Attention to Systems Engineering Delivery of Sustainable Value
– 2016-Q2, Theme Issue: Agile Security – Joint project with Agile SE working group
– 2018-Q2, Theme Issue: Enabling and Practicing Agile Systems Engineering
– 2021-Q3, Theme Issue: The Social Dimensions of Systems Engineering
– 2023-Q2, Theme Issue: Agility in the Future of Systms Engineering
2014 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS14 Paper: Systems Engineering for Software Intensive Projects Using Agile Methodologies
– IS14 Paper: Agile-System Engineering, Part 1
– IS14 Paper: Agile System-Engineering, Part 2
2015 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IW15 Tutorial: Modeling Agile Systems and Agile Systems Modeling
– IS15 Paper: Do Teams Using Agile Methodology Need Modeling
– IS15 Paper: The Role of Requirements in Agile Product Realization
– IS15 Paper: Principles for Agile Development
– IS15 Paper: Adaptive Knowledge Encoding for Agile Cybersecurity Operations
– IS15 Panel: Converging on Agile SE Priorities for INCOSE
– IS15 Tutorial: Designing Agile Systems and Agile SE Processes
2016 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS16 Paper: Introduction to the Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle MBSE Pattern (Schindel/Dove)
– IS16 Paper: Agile SE Process Features Collective Culture, Consciousness, and Conscience at SSC Pacific Unmanned Systems Group (Dove/Schindel/Scrapper)
– IS16 Paper: Merit of Adaptable Pairing as an Agile Systems Engineering Knowledge Management Practice (Leroux/Dove)
2017 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– SysCon 2017 Paper: Case Study: Agile Hardware/Firmware/Software Product Line Engineering at Rockwell Collins
– 2017 AIAA Aviation Forum Panel: Incremental/Agile Methods—Fit for Demands of Complex Aerospace Systems?
– IS17 Paper: Case Study: Agile SE Process for Centralized SoS Sustainment at Northrop Grumman
2018 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS18 Paper: Case Study: Agile Systems Engineering at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Integrated Fighter Group
– IS18 Paper: Creating Decision Guidance for Applying Agile Systems Engineering 
2019 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS19 Paper: Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model for Mixed Discipline Engineering
– IS19 Paper: Managing Complexity with Agility and Openness
– Appreciative Methods Applied to the Assessment of Complex Systems 
2020 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS20 Paper: Systems Engineering the Conditions of the Possibility
– IS20 Panel: Issues, impediments, and Inspiration for Continuous Integration in Mixed Discipline Development
2021 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS21 Paper: Agility in the Future of Systems Engineering (FuSE)
2022 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS22 Paper: Industrial DevOps: From Value Streams to Lean-Agile Teams for sustainable delivery
– IS22 Paper: Agile Insight – Gating Alternatives for Agile Programs
2023 Papers/Panels/Tutorials
– IS23 Paper: Agile Systems Engineering - Eight Core Aspects
– IS23 Panel: Contrasting and Comparing Agile Systems Engineering and Agile Software Engineering
– IS23 Tutorial: Agile, Industrial DevOps, and Organizing for Flow 

Planned Activities

  • Investigate and advance the understandings of FuSE Agility concepts.
  • Find examples of FuSE Agility concepts in practice for case studies.
  • Publish SE Agility Primer in early 2023
  • Develop SE Agility Guide throughout 2023

Planned Work Products

  • INCOSE Product: Decision Guidance for Tailoring Agile Systems Engineering.
  • INCOSE Product: Systems Engineering Agility - Primer
  • INCOSE Product: Systems Engineering Agility - Guide
  • Papers and presentations that advance and expose FuSE SE Agility concepts.
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