Working to accelerate the maturity of practice of System Safety Engineering
The purpose of the INCOSE System Safety Working Group (SSWG) is to accelerate the maturity of
the practice of system safety engineering as part of the wider systems engineering practice.
Safety is an emergent property of a system, dependent on how a system behaves when used, and sustained, in a specific way in a specific environment. Safety management, therefore, should be an integral part of the systems engineering process.Unfortunately, this is not, universally, the case. Specifically,• In some highly regulated environments (such as rail, aerospace or medical devices) the safety management process can be an additional layer of process on top of the systems engineering process. This can increase time to market, increase costs and potentially reduce the overall safety of deployed systems.• In some organizations and sectors, safety management practice lags behind systems engineering practice. The level of effectiveness of safety management practice varies across different sectors and countries.• Different organizations at different positions in the supply chain can have different perspectives on safety management that can have significant impact on safety, cost and effectiveness.Increased complexity, driven by increased use of software and automation, systems-of-systems, internet of things, closed loop control and ‘inexpert operators’ is making the safety management challenge harder. In some cases, unsafe systems may be being deployed; in others the inability to demonstrate that systems are safe are limiting the deployment of new types of system
Seeking new co-chair
To identify ways to make the practice more effective, efficient and timely
To build a network across the practice of system safety
The working group meetings at the IW are intended to establish the programme of work for the upcoming year
We will work to agree on a draft plan for the upcoming year and confirm interest among working group memebrs.
A meeting maximised for in person attendance will be held on Saturday, 28th January from 13:00-16:00 PST
A meeting maximised for remote attendance will be held on Sunday, 29th January from 8:00-9:30 PST
In addition to the System Safety Working Group meetings, individuals interested in System Safety may be interested in:
For more details on the IW schedule, please visit the IW2023 event website
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