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Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the full life cycle of successful {{Term|Product System (glossary)|product}}, {{Term|Service_System_(glossary)|service}} and {{Term|Enterprise_System_(glossary)|enterprise}} systems.  It includes problem discovery and formulation, solution definition and realization, and operational use, sustainment, and disposal. It can be applied to single problem situations or to the management of multiple interventions in commercial or public enterprises.  Those new to systems engineering can find introductory articles which provide an [[Systems Engineering Overview|overview of systems engineering]], place it in [[Systems Engineering: Historic and Future Challenges|historical context]], and discuss its [[Economic Value of Systems Engineering|economic value]] in [[SEBoK Introduction|Part 1]] of this body of knowledge.
 
Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the full life cycle of successful {{Term|Product System (glossary)|product}}, {{Term|Service_System_(glossary)|service}} and {{Term|Enterprise_System_(glossary)|enterprise}} systems.  It includes problem discovery and formulation, solution definition and realization, and operational use, sustainment, and disposal. It can be applied to single problem situations or to the management of multiple interventions in commercial or public enterprises.  Those new to systems engineering can find introductory articles which provide an [[Systems Engineering Overview|overview of systems engineering]], place it in [[Systems Engineering: Historic and Future Challenges|historical context]], and discuss its [[Economic Value of Systems Engineering|economic value]] in [[SEBoK Introduction|Part 1]] of this body of knowledge.
  
== Welcome to SEBoK v. 2.0 ==
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== Welcome to SEBoK v. 2.1 ==
 
[[File:2019-05-29 16-46-15.mp4|thumb|SEBoK Original Work. Video was created by Rob Cloutier (2019 SEBoK Editor in Chief).]]
 
[[File:2019-05-29 16-46-15.mp4|thumb|SEBoK Original Work. Video was created by Rob Cloutier (2019 SEBoK Editor in Chief).]]
  
On behalf of the [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board|BKCASE Editorial Board]]<nowiki/>, the BKCASE Governing Board, and sponsors, welcome to SEBoK v. 2.0. This version was released on 1 June 2019 and reflects the continuing evolution of the SEBoK.  
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On behalf of the [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board|BKCASE Editorial Board]]<nowiki/>, the BKCASE Governing Board, and sponsors, welcome to SEBoK v. 2.1. This version was released on 31 October 2019 and reflects the continuing evolution of the SEBoK.  
  
==What's new in 2.0?==
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==What's new in v. 2.1?==
For a summary of the changes made for v. 2.0 see the [[Letter from the Editor]]. See [[Acknowledgements and Release History]] <nowiki/>for a full description of the current and all previous SEBoK versions.
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For a summary of the changes made for v. 2.1 see the [[Letter from the Editor]]. See [[Acknowledgements and Release History]] <nowiki/>for a full description of the current and all previous SEBoK versions.
  
 
==About the SEBoK==
 
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Articles in the SEBoK can be found by using the ''Search'' field in the upper right corner of each page, as well as through the ''Quicklinks'', ''Outline'', and ''Navigation'' menus in the left margin of each page. Detailed instructions about the page layout and features are found in [[How to Read the SEBoK]]. There is a link in the left margin under ''Quicklinks'' explaining how to [[Cite the SEBoK]] correctly.
 
Articles in the SEBoK can be found by using the ''Search'' field in the upper right corner of each page, as well as through the ''Quicklinks'', ''Outline'', and ''Navigation'' menus in the left margin of each page. Detailed instructions about the page layout and features are found in [[How to Read the SEBoK]]. There is a link in the left margin under ''Quicklinks'' explaining how to [[Cite the SEBoK]] correctly.
  
As a living document, at the bottom of each page, version identification can be found in a link called "[[About the SEBoK]]."  A PDF of the SEBoK v. 1.8, as well as archive copies of earlier versions, may be downloaded at [[Download SEBoK PDF]].
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As a living document, at the bottom of each page, version identification can be found in a link called "[[About the SEBoK]]."  A PDF of the SEBoK v. 2.1, as well as archive copies of earlier versions, may be downloaded at [[Download SEBoK PDF]].
  
'''Comments can be left on any page of the current SEBoK version using the [http://help.disqus.com/ DISQUS] feature.''' These are periodically reviewed. Comments can be flagged in DISQUS, which will result in a faster review by the editors. You may also view the current [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board|Editorial Board]] and contact editors directly about the materials in their areas of responsibility. All review comments and other updates are managed under an update processs, discussed in the next section.
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'''Comments can be left on any page of the current SEBoK version using the embedded comment feature.''' Comments on pages will will be reviewed by the editors and considered for the next iteration. You may also view the current [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board|Editorial Board]] and contact editors directly about the materials in their areas of responsibility. All review comments and other updates are managed under an update process, discussed in the next section.
  
As the SEBoK is a compendium, much of the content has restricted intellectual property rights.  This [[Bkcase Wiki:Copyright |copyright information]] is placed on each page, and must be respected. The SEBoK copyright is  held on behalf of the BKCASE Board of Governors by The Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology.
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As the SEBoK is a not compendium, but instead references existing literature, much of the content has restricted intellectual property rights.  This [[Bkcase Wiki:Copyright |copyright information]] is placed on each page, and must be respected. Materials marked as "SEBoK Original" may be freely used with proper citation. Materials marked as "used with permission" may not be used unless the user seeks independent permission from the copyright owner. The SEBoK copyright is  held on behalf of the BKCASE Board of Governors by The Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology.
  
 
==SEBoK Updates and Governance==
 
==SEBoK Updates and Governance==
  
The SEBoK is sometimes compared to Wikipedia. The SEBoK is like Wikipedia in its most fundamental structure, as it is a collection of electronic articles built on MediaWiki technology. However, the SEBoK is unlike Wikipedia in that its content is carefully controlled. Anyone in the community can suggest changes be made to SEBoK articles, but the [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board#BKCASE Editorial Board|Editorial Board]] will review all recommendations before they are implemented in the SEBoK. Wikipedia is a much more open wiki, allowing virtually anyone to change any article, while reserving the right to undo changes that are offensive or otherwise violate Wikipedia's rules. Tight control over SEBoK content is a trade-off. Such control ensures a stable baseline whose quality and integrity are assured by its editors.  On the other hand, such control discourages some members of the community from contributing improvements to the SEBoK.
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The SEBoK is sometimes compared to Wikipedia. The SEBoK is like Wikipedia in its most fundamental structure, as it is a collection of electronic articles built on MediaWiki technology. However, the SEBoK is unlike Wikipedia in that its content is carefully curated. Anyone in the community can suggest changes be made to SEBoK articles, but the [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board#BKCASE Editorial Board|Editorial Board]] will review all recommendations before they are implemented in the SEBoK. By contrast, Wikipedia is a much more open wiki, allowing virtually anyone to change any article while reserving the right to undo changes that are offensive or otherwise violate Wikipedia's rules. Tight control over SEBoK content is a trade-off. Curation ensures a stable baseline whose quality and integrity are assured by its editors.  
  
New releases of the SEBoK are under the control of the [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board#BKCASE Governing Board|Governing Board]] appointed by the stewards, who oversee the SEBoK Editor in Chief and Editorial Board. The stewards contribute resources to manage the SEBoK wiki, support new releases, and encourage SEBoK adoption. Volunteer authors from the worldwide SE community continue to propose and create new content and other volunteers review that new content. The stewards are INCOSE, the Systems Engineering Research Center, and the IEEE Computer Society.
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The SEBoK is overseen by the [[BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board#BKCASE Governing Board|Governing Board]] appointed by the stewards, who oversee the SEBoK Editor in Chief and Editorial Board. The stewards contribute resources to manage the SEBoK wiki, support new releases, and encourage SEBoK adoption. Volunteer authors from the worldwide SE community continue to propose and create new content and other volunteers review that new content. The stewards are INCOSE, the Systems Engineering Research Center, and the IEEE Computer Society.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:03, 30 October 2019

The SEBoK provides a compendium of the key knowledge sources and references of systems engineeringsystems engineering organized and explained to assist a wide variety of users. It is a living product, accepting community input continuously, with regular refreshes and updates.

Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the full life cycle of successful productproduct, serviceservice and enterpriseenterprise systems. It includes problem discovery and formulation, solution definition and realization, and operational use, sustainment, and disposal. It can be applied to single problem situations or to the management of multiple interventions in commercial or public enterprises. Those new to systems engineering can find introductory articles which provide an overview of systems engineering, place it in historical context, and discuss its economic value in Part 1 of this body of knowledge.

Welcome to SEBoK v. 2.1

SEBoK Original Work. Video was created by Rob Cloutier (2019 SEBoK Editor in Chief).

On behalf of the BKCASE Editorial Board, the BKCASE Governing Board, and sponsors, welcome to SEBoK v. 2.1. This version was released on 31 October 2019 and reflects the continuing evolution of the SEBoK.

What's new in v. 2.1?

For a summary of the changes made for v. 2.1 see the Letter from the Editor. See Acknowledgements and Release History for a full description of the current and all previous SEBoK versions.

About the SEBoK

Systems engineering has its roots in the fundamentals, principles, and models of foundational systems sciences, and associated management and engineering sciences. It is applied through the application of systems engineering processes within a managed life cycle working with a number of other management, engineering, and specialist disciplines. While traditionally applied to product development, systems engineering can also be applied to serviceservice and enterpriseenterprise systems. As systems engineering is a collaborative approach, working with other engineering and management disciplines and specialisms, it relies on enabling competencies and structures at individual, team, and organizational levels.

Starting from this basic view of the scope of knowledge relevant to SE, the SEBoK is organized into 7 parts as shown below:

Figure 1 Scope of SEBoK Parts and related knowledge (SEBoK Original). See Structure of the SEBoK for details.

The SEBoK also includes a Glossary of Terms and a list of Primary References, to reflect this scope of systems engineering knowledge and its links into other bodies of knowledge.

SEBoK is a guide to the broad scope of SE related knowledge. The core of this is the well tried and test knowledge which has been developed through practice, documented, reviewed and discussed by the SE community. In addition, SEBoK also covers some of the emerging aspects of SE practice, such as Systems of Systems, Agile Life Cycle approaches or Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). Part 1 also includes a discussion of SEBoK Users and Uses, including a number of use cases which give advice on how different groups of users might navigate and use the SEBoK. This is a good place to start if you are new to the SEBoK. Individuals who are new to systems engineering can start with Use Case 0: Systems Engineering Novices.

How to use the SEBoK Wiki

Articles in the SEBoK can be found by using the Search field in the upper right corner of each page, as well as through the Quicklinks, Outline, and Navigation menus in the left margin of each page. Detailed instructions about the page layout and features are found in How to Read the SEBoK. There is a link in the left margin under Quicklinks explaining how to Cite the SEBoK correctly.

As a living document, at the bottom of each page, version identification can be found in a link called "About the SEBoK." A PDF of the SEBoK v. 2.1, as well as archive copies of earlier versions, may be downloaded at Download SEBoK PDF.

Comments can be left on any page of the current SEBoK version using the embedded comment feature. Comments on pages will will be reviewed by the editors and considered for the next iteration. You may also view the current Editorial Board and contact editors directly about the materials in their areas of responsibility. All review comments and other updates are managed under an update process, discussed in the next section.

As the SEBoK is a not compendium, but instead references existing literature, much of the content has restricted intellectual property rights. This copyright information is placed on each page, and must be respected. Materials marked as "SEBoK Original" may be freely used with proper citation. Materials marked as "used with permission" may not be used unless the user seeks independent permission from the copyright owner. The SEBoK copyright is held on behalf of the BKCASE Board of Governors by The Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology.

SEBoK Updates and Governance

The SEBoK is sometimes compared to Wikipedia. The SEBoK is like Wikipedia in its most fundamental structure, as it is a collection of electronic articles built on MediaWiki technology. However, the SEBoK is unlike Wikipedia in that its content is carefully curated. Anyone in the community can suggest changes be made to SEBoK articles, but the Editorial Board will review all recommendations before they are implemented in the SEBoK. By contrast, Wikipedia is a much more open wiki, allowing virtually anyone to change any article while reserving the right to undo changes that are offensive or otherwise violate Wikipedia's rules. Tight control over SEBoK content is a trade-off. Curation ensures a stable baseline whose quality and integrity are assured by its editors.

The SEBoK is overseen by the Governing Board appointed by the stewards, who oversee the SEBoK Editor in Chief and Editorial Board. The stewards contribute resources to manage the SEBoK wiki, support new releases, and encourage SEBoK adoption. Volunteer authors from the worldwide SE community continue to propose and create new content and other volunteers review that new content. The stewards are INCOSE, the Systems Engineering Research Center, and the IEEE Computer Society.

BKCASE Stewards
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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society
Systems Engineering Research Center

Email may be sent to bkcase.incose.ieeecs@gmail.com.


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