A better world through a systems approach

Very Small Entities (VSE)

Deployment Packages Distribution

Mission & Objectives

The VSE WG Purpose

  • Systems Engineering concepts have been adopted and adapted by most industries.
  • In the context of Very Small Entities (VSE) and small projects, these concepts can be tailored to improve:

•Product development efficiency
•Product Quality
•Contribute to Standardization

The VSE WG Goal
  • Systems engineering concepts have been adopted and adapted by many industries in various domains for the development of product and services.
  • In the context of VSEs, these concepts can be used or tailored to improve:
  • Product development and service delivery efficiency (including costs and delays)
  • Product Quality and Deployment to meet stakeholder needs

The VSE WG Exists:

  • To improve and make product development within VSEs more efficient by using Systems Engineering concepts, standards and proven practices
  • To elaborate tailored guidance to apply, in the context of either a prime or subcontractor role, to VSEs
  • To provide the best of Systems Engineering  techniques, methods and processes for the betterment of the broad scope of domains around the globe 
  • To support the transformation of Systems Engineering to a model based discipline



Contact the VSE WG
Angela Robinson - Chair
Ken Ptack - Co-Chair
Claude Laporte - Co-Chair

IW2018  Agenda
IW2018 Detailed Agenda
IW2018 VSE Schedule HWG & PBSE  Includes GlobalMeet Information

Saturday, 20 Jan:13:00-15:00
City Terrace 11
  1. Work product: Leadership
    • 1.1.DPs need to be assessed for completeness to go forward to approval- Review
    • 1.2.Basic Profile Guide needs to be assessed for completeness to go forward to approval- Review

We are invited to Healthcare WG Meeting:
Healthcare Meeting Information:
Healthcare Delivery Improvement Strategy
Sunday, 21 Jan:13:00-15:00; Boardroom 3

IW2018  Agenda
Monday, 22 Jan:10:30-12:000
Boardroom 4

  1. PBSE Discussion
    • 1.1.PBSE definition
    • 1.2.The VSE Perspective


  2. Communications
    • 2.1.Publications for 2019
    • 2.2.Webpage and Social Media support
  3. VSE Global targets
    • 3.1.New Arabic countries- first encounter strategy
    • 3.2.Mature VSE sites, Europe, UK


  4. ISO Updates to 29110 STD: Ken Ptack
    • 4.1.TBD


  5. Local Chapter Engagement
    • 5.1.Strategy development
    • 5.2.Initial targets


  6. Budget Review
    • 6.1.Communicate fund available
    • 6.2.Consideration for 2019 input


  7. Survey Review


  8. Outcome for Quad Chart
We are invited to  Patterns WG – VSE WG joint session:
Monday, Jan 22, 2:30 – 3:30 PM (1430-1530);  City Terrace 6

Working Groups

INCOSE working groups are a great place to meet individuals who are looking to overcome similar challenges.  These groups often span multiple regions and industries, so we can really look at these topics in a broad, informed way.   In the North Star Chapter, we have several members Chair/working in different groups like the Measurement, SE in Very Small Enterprises (VSE), Handbook as well as others. There are many topics to choose from.  Finding the groups and joining is easy!

To join any working group:

1. Login to your account at INCOSE.ORG

2. Click on the “Profile Home” link at the top of the page.

3. Scroll down to “My committees/Working Groups and click on the link “Browse/Join a Working Group”

4. This will result in a list of Working Groups under the header Committees.  (The terms are interchangeable)

5. Scroll down until you see find a committee that you are interested in.  Click the link and then on the right click on the (view) link.

6. This will result in a roster of current WG members.  

7. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and under “Committee Tasks” click on "Join this Committee"

Working groups are a great way to learn more about a subject, grow your network, and share your knowledge about a subject. 

Get Started TODAY with this link to Working Groups page!

Working Group Products

Public Site of the ISO Working Group Mandated to Develop ISO/IEC 29110 Standards and Guides for Very Small Entities involved in the Development or Maintenance of Systems and/or Software

As systems and software quality increasingly become a subject of concern, and as process approaches are maturing and earning the confidence of organizations, the use of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 international standards is spreading in organizations of all sizes. 

A Very Small Entity (VSE) is an entity (enterprise, organization, department or project) having up to 25 people. However, most standards were not written having in mind Very Small Entities (VSEs) and are consequently difficult to apply in such settings. Worldwide, the percentage of micro and small enterprises is quite high. The table below shows that 92.2% of Eurepoean enterprises have up to 9 employees, another 6.5% have between 10 to 49 employees. Micro enterprises account for 70% to 90% of enterprises in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries and about 57% in USA.

Size of Enterprises in Europe (Moll, R., Being prepared – A bird’s eye view of SMEs and risk management, ISO Focus +, February 2013)

Here is a link to Professor Claude Y. Laporte's website for detailed information on SE for VSE.



Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

IW2018 TBD!

Planned Presentations at the Next Annual

GLRC11:  ISO/IEC 29110 Deployment Packages and Case Study for Systems Engineering: The "Not-So-Secret" Ingredients That Power the Standard”