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Systems Engineering Surveys

There are many issues that can benefit from surveying a community for input to the topic.
This page provides a convenient place to access current open surveys relevant to the INCOSE audiences.
These surveys are the creation of the respective originators, and are not INCOSE surveys, nor are they representing INCOSE interests or opinions.

See below several currently open surveys, each separately linked to the appropriate survey tool.

Can Complex Adaptive System Models Aid Team Development? 

Systems Engineering & Project Team Leaders, 

I am seeking your assistance to help gather survey data in support my master’s thesis regarding various system modeling techniques that might aid in the development of project teams.  This research is being conducted in association with the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

As many of you are already aware, project team development can have a significant impact on project success; particularly in areas such as team resilience and adaptability.  My thesis objective is to evaluate the potential benefits that might be realized by applying a specific group of Complex Adaptive System (CAS) modeling techniques to the development of project teams.  As team leaders, your extensive knowledge of and experience with project team interactions qualifies you to provide an accurate assessment of the possible benefits these models may provide as viewed from the perspective of field practitioners.   

Your participation can help validate whether these models hold potential for use in working environments and can focus efforts on continued research into these and other techniques that may benefit future project team leaders. 

This multiple-choice survey does not collect any personal information or ask you to provide information regarding any of your personal or work behavior/practices.  It simply asks you to evaluate the possible benefits that these modeling techniques may possess.  Your responses are confidential and will only be used for research purposes.  The amount of time to complete the survey will vary depending on each survey participant, however, the estimate is approximately 30 minutes. 

You can find this survey at the link below. The survey will be open until 30 November 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns about taking the survey, please contact the researchers at: 

Principle Investigator: William Crownover; 

Student Investigator:  Anthony Campitell; 


How do diversity and inclusion impact safety in complex systems? 

We invite safety professionals in all sectors and disciplines globally to have their say. The University of York is undertaking a short global study on how diversity and inclusion impacts on safety in complex systems. You can help the team better understand this issue by completing an online survey. This is part of the Safer Complex Systems programme coordinated by Engineering X, a new international collaboration founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Deadline: Wednesday 8 July. Contact: Shelley Stromdale.

Key points:

  • The research is being led by the University of York and is feeding into the Safer Complex Systems programme, which aims to enhance safety and resilience in complex systems globally to allow them to deal with future shocks of a similar scale to COVID-19.
  • The survey asks safety professionals to reflect on their protected characteristics in the context of the inclusivity of their working environment(s) and to give their opinion on whether each protected characteristic has influenced (positively or negatively) their ability to carry out your work effectively as a safety engineer or safety manager (for example their ability to raise concerns about safety).
  • This D&I survey is aimed at anyone who works in the safety field, particularly safety engineers and those working in safety management.
  • It would be brilliant to hear from safety professionals across a range of sectors and disciplines globally.
  • A flier is attached if you would like to forward it onto colleagues.
  • Link to RAE tweet to RT:
  • Link to RAE LinkedIn post to share:


Systems Frameworks and the Definition of Disruptive Ideas

We kindly request your contribution of this survey on how Software Engineering / System Engineering frameworks or good practices support on the building up and implementation of a Disruptive Business Idea, i.e.  those disruptive business models and ideas whereby startups are basing on their strategy and competitive advantage.
This work is being performed by the Software Architecture Team (SWA) at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
This survey will be the basis for a cutting-edge research work so we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to ponder on the different questions, since we believe your expertise and knowledge in this domain could yield significant results through the survey for this research work.

Please click HERE to answer the "Systems Frameworks and the Definition of Disruptive Ideas" survey.
In case the link does not open the web page, please cut and paste this URL on your browser

Critical Failure Factors survey

Dear Systems Engineering practitioner,

Throughout our experiences in system development, we have seen many successes and failures. Often, it is through the failures that we have our most profound learning. And this is why a Critical Failure Factor Survey has been designed as part of the capstone project of the Technical Leader Institute of INCOSE (TLI Cohort 3).

Our goal in this survey is to identify what are the most Critical Failure Factors within the execution of development projects that have led to your greatest learnings. With your input, we will be able to build upon our experiences and learnings to develop a more robust understanding of the things that are most likely to cause others to struggle in their development projects. With this, we will be able to share this experiential information with you and with others to prepare them for identifying these cause as they happen and to provide them with tools to help mitigate and recover from the causes should they occur. It is only through your participation that we can develop robust data to build upon. Please, help us make a difference to those that have yet to have our experiences. Help us prepare our future Technical Leaders to advance even faster as the world we live in continues to evolve ever faster.

If you want to collaborate on this endeavour, you can find the "Critical Failure Factors" survey ready to be completed at:

Wiley's Engineering Survey

Dear System Engineer,

Your voice is needed to inform how INCOSE and publishers can better support you.

Please share your experiences, goals and challenges as an engineer by taking Wiley’s survey. Your feedback will directly inform how Wiley supports researchers in gathering information, conducting research and publishing their work. Your responses are confidential and will be used for research purposes only.

Wiley will donate $5 per completed response, up to $1,000, to charities in appreciation for your participation. At the end of the survey, you may choose to direct funds to one of three charities: AI for Good, Girls Who Code or Leading Routes.

Please complete the survey by March 24th to ensure that your views are included.

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

If you have any questions about or issues with your survey experience, please contact the researcher at

Thank you for your time and feedback.


INCOSE and The Wiley Engineering Team

John Wiley & Sons Limited is a private limited company registered in England with registered number 641132. Registered office address: The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom. PO19 8SQ.