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Requirements Working Group

Mission & Objectives

1.  Purpose: Advance the state of the practices, education and theory of requirements engineering and its relationship to other systems engineering functions.

2. Goal: Expand and promote the body of knowledge of requirements engineering and its benefits within the systems engineering community.

3. ScopeActivities relating to requirements engineering best practices.

4. Skills and expertise required: Representation from the following:

  • Requirements engineering practitioners and educators
  • Relevant standards body participants
  • SE Tool Vendors
  • A diversity of experience levels, disciplines, organizations, enterprises, and nations


Chair: Lou Wheatcraft;  Requirements Experts/Seilevel,  USA

Co-Chair:  Mike Ryan; University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia

Co-Chair: Jason Baker;  Transocean, USA

Co-Chair: Jeremy Dick, Integrate Systems Engineering, Ltd, UK

Co-Chair: Kathy Baksa, Pratt & Whitney, USA

Co-Chair: Rick Zinni, Harris Corporation, USA


Working Group Products

  1. Maintain the working group charter
  2. Maintain the Guide to Writing Requirements
  3. Contribute to the requirement-related portions of the SE handbook and SEBoK
  4. Contribute to the development of SE ontologies
  5. Formulate guidance for the development and management of requirements in a model-based environment
  6. Maintain the RWG connect website
  7. Maintain the RWG public website
  8. Service supporting standards activities relevant to requirements engineering

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

The Requirement Working Group will:

  • meet at International Workshop
  • meet virtually via telecom
  • maintain its work products
  • recruit champions to lead activities
  • carry out assignments outside of meetings
  • use INCOSE RWG discussion groups to achieve working group consensus
  • promote RWG membership collaboration with other INCOSE working groups, other professional societies, commercial and industry committees, government organizations, and academic institutions
  • communicate to RWG members and interested INCOSE members via
    • RWG website
    • RWG threaded discussions
  • provide INCOSE tutorials and webinars

Planned Presentations at the Next Annual

Planned Activities for IW2018

  • Welcome new members
  • Provide an overview to the Guide for Writing Requirements for new members and discuss updating the INCOSE webinar for the Guide
  • Provide an overview of the draft document Integrated Data as a Foundation of SE.
  • Discussion on effective requirement communication (MBSE related)
  • Discussion concerning issues with integrating rqmt development & mgmt with modeling activities. (MBSE related)
  • Discussion to mature the concept of “Information-based Requirement Development & Management” (MBSE related)
  • Support select MBSE Breakout sessions (roadmap)
  • Participate in joint WG session (Oil & Gas WG): Discuss outcomes of requirements survey performed during 2017 and other requirement oriented activities
  • Work on maturing the concept for a Guide to Writing Rqmts case study (coffee machine)
  • Ask the Experts – set aside time to address issues/questions that RWG session attendees have concerning requirements development and management
  • Develop quad chart and support WG MarketPlace

The day-to-day agenda is as follows:

Saturday January 20  Location: Daytona Room             

  • 10:30-11:00    Closed session to discuss IW Agenda               
  • 11:00-12:00    RWG kick-off, 2017 in review
  • 12:00-13:00    Lunch               
  • 13:00-15:00    Guide to Writing Rqmts Overview/Webinar Update Planning
  • 15:00-15:30    Break               
  • 15:30-17:00    Integrated Data as a Foundation of SE Overview &
                             discussion  (MBSE Initiative)
  • RWG member dinner/social - location TBD

Sunday January 21  Location: Daytona Room               

  • 08:00-09:00    Town Hall mtgs
  • 09:00-10:00    Discussion on effective requirement communication Traditional SE, MBSE, Agile (MBSE related)
  • 10:00-10:30    Break               
  • 10:30-12:00    Issues with Integrating Rqmt Development & Mgmt with modeling activities. (MBSE related)
  • 12:00-13:00    Lunch               
  • 13:00-15:00    Issues with Integrating Rqmt Development & Mgmt  with modeling activities. (MBSE related)
  • 15:00-15:30    Break               
  • 15:30-17:00    Information-based Requirement Development & Management (MBSE related)

Monday January 22    Location: Daytona Room              

  • 08:00-09:00  Joint Tools Integration WG Session – John Nallon *New 
  • 09:00-10:00   RWG members attend MBSE Workshop Breakout sessions
  • 10:00-10:30   Break              
  • 10:30-12:00   Joint RWG & Oil & Gas WG – Rqmts Survey Results
  • 12:00-13:00   Lunch               
  • 13:00-15:00   Guide to Writing Rqmts case study (coffee machine)
  • 15:00-15:30   Break              
  • 15:30-17:00    Joint Ontology Working group - Juan Llorens *New 

Tuesday January 23    Location: Daytona Room                           

  • 08:00-10:00    Guide to Writing Rqmts case study (coffee machine) *Changed time
  • 10:00-10:30    Break               
  • 10:30-12:00    Closed Session – working IW quad chart, looking  at Charter updates, 2018 planning
  • 12:00-13:00    Lunch               
  • 13:00-14:30    Ask the experts/Other topics as they evolve
  • 14:30-15:00    Break
  • 15:00-16:00    Closing Plenary
  • 16:00-18:30    Closing Reception & WG MarketPlace (Quad Chart)