Statement of Focus

The IEEE Systems Council coordinates standards policy through the following activities:

  1. It recommends various Systems Engineering Practices to be followed per their Bylaws, Article V (Standing Committees), Section 10, which states that the Standards Committee shall be responsible for working with the IEEE Standards Association, the Vice President for Technical Operations, and appropriate Technical Committees to identify the need for recommending a new standard or an update to a specific standard, and to provide resources in accordance with IEEE policies and procedures.
  2. The IEEE Systems Council VP for Technical Operations and the Standards Chair will coordinate and facilitate standards across the technical activities of the council.
  3. The IEEE Systems Council VP for Technical Operations and the Standards Chair will also coordinate all activities with the IEEE Standards Association (
  4. The Standards Committee will not produce new standards related to the field of systems engineering since this field is involved more with processes and methodologies than with a set of specific standards per se.  However, the Committee can recommend, as guidance, specific documents, texts, guidelines, etc. related to employing systems-engineering principles.
  5. The Standards Committee will recommend systems-engineering process documentation that is commonly accepted in academia, industry, and government from various countries. A list of examples follows below.

Examples of Systems Engineering Process documentation:

  • Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK), v. 2.5
  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities, 4th Edition, (July 7, 2015)
  • NASA Systems Engineering Handbook - NASA SP-2016-6105 Rev- 2: Design Test Integrate Fly, Revised Edition, (October 4, 2017)
  • Systems Engineering Tools and Methods (Engineering and Management Innovations), A. Kamrani, CRC Press; 1st edition (December 16, 2010)
  • Systems Engineering: A 21st Century Systems Methodology, D. Hitchens, J. Wiley, 1st edition (December 17, 2007)
  • System of Systems Engineering: Innovations for the 21st Century, M. Jamshidi (editor), Wiley-Interscience, 1st Edition, (November 3, 2008)
  • Systems Engineering Principles and Practice, A. Kossiakoff, Wiley-Interscience; 2nd edition (May 24, 2011)
  • System Engineering Analysis, Design, and Development: Concepts, Principles, and Practices, C. Wasson, Wiley-Interscience; 2nd edition (December 2, 2015)
  • Effective Model-Based Systems Engineering, J. Borky, and T. Bradley, Springer; 1st edition, (September 25, 2018)
  • Agile Systems Engineering, B. Douglass, ‎Morgan Kaufmann; 1st edition (October 28, 2015)
  • Systems Engineering Demystified: A practitioner's handbook for developing complex systems using a model-based approach, J. Holt, Packt Publishing; 1st edition (January 29, 2021)
  • IEEE-1220-2005, IEEE Standard for the Application and Management of the Systems Engineering Process (available from IEEE Standards Association)
  • ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015, Systems and software engineering — System Life Cycle Processes (available from IEEE Standards Association)

Standards Committee Chair

Steve Holt

Senior Systems Engineer
KBR, Inc.
United States
2 (Eastern U.S.)