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Configuration Management

Mission & Objectives

The main purpose of the Configuration Management Working Group (WG) is to ensure that the state of the art and the body of knowledge in CM be used to enhance the state of the art and the body of knowledge of SE; and vice versa. The CM WG will lead this effort within INCOSE; in liaison with external CM related experts, standardization bodies and other organizations and communities, as appropriate.


Paul Nelson Adriana D'Souza Dale Brown
Paul Nelson                                Adriana D'Souza                                  Dale Brown

Working Group Products

The Configuration Management Working Group defined topics of interest as listed in the chart below.  These will be down-selected to a few priority topics for 2019/2020 and published on this site.  Each topic will include a brief abstract.  Your input on this discussion and work effort is greatly valued!
ITEM Description
1 Describe Configuration Management vision in a Digital Thread/Digital Twin Implementation.
2 Define an accountability process for reconciliation of changes across disciplines integrated by MBSE (CM of CM’s).
3 Upgrade/Create CM glossary to include MBSE scope.
4 Identification of Software CM practices and technologies (source code management, package deployment..) that should be carried over into existing industry standards (CM2-500, EIA-649).
5 Share tips and tricks (ie Configuration Management Cookbook) a series of (sanitized) real-life examples of real problems encountered, tactics used to attack the problem, satisfaction of team with the results.
6 How does CM respond to Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning self configured products?
7 Identify scope of CM to Tackle (Priority) Requirements, Version Management, Variant Management, Branch and Merge
8 Lessons learned model based drivers that affect CM
9 Expand CM into other lifecycle stages like exploitation, maintenance, upgrades, end of life.
10 How are models managed within CM to support impact analysis and implementation planning?
11 Configuration Baseline control built into the systems review lifecycle
12 Story about a study of conceptual gaps in common MBSE systems relative to CM
13 Managing CM across an extended enterprise including SoS
14 How communities can help resolve complex CM challenges.
15 How to adapt the general CM principles to specific projects (in other words, tailoring of the CM requirements.
16 Circular economy (re-use of parts)
17 CM across organizations and acquirer supplier boundaries
18 Structuring to support flow down of requirements/changes from SE to Engineering (Consolidation of topic 21)
19 Decomposition in core platform network to support the different basis views e.g. engineering, manufacturing and a service.
20 To support various types of BoM mgt Change mgt incl how to do impact analysis especially in case of involvement of AI in product.
22 CM scope expansion to facilitate development life cycle support of Systems of Systems.

We have down selected the following 3 topics to work on this year and your contribution is greatly valued:
  • 1. Describe Configuration Management vision in a Digital Thread /. Digital Twin Implementation.
  • 13. Managing CM across an extended enterprise including SoS
  • 3. Upgrade/Create CM glossary to include MBSE scope.

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

Presentations to the INCOSE IS2020 to be announced

Planned Presentations at the Next Events

INCOSE EMEA Workshop 2019 session on 11th of October 2019 from 13:30-16:00 CET / 07:30-10:00 EST  Track 3

INCOSE IW 2020 - session will be organised