As Defined by INCOSE: International Council on Systems Engineering
What is Systems Engineering?
System is a construct or collection of different elements that together produce results not obtainable by the elements alone. The elements, or parts, can include people, hardware, software, facilities, policies, and documents; that is, all things required to produce systems-level results.
Systems Engineering is an engineering discipline whose responsibility is creating and executing an interdisciplinary process to ensure that the customer needs are satisfied in a high quality, trustworthy, cost efficient and schedule compliant manner throughout a system’s entire life cycle.
- Integrates all the disciplines and specialty groups into a team effort forming a structured development process that proceeds from concept to production to operation.
- Considers both the business and the technical needs of all customers with the goal of providing a quality product that meets the user needs.
Source: INCOSE (http://www.incose.org/AboutSE/WhatIsSE)