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ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288is a systems engineering standard developed by the consensus of SE experts from government, industry, and academia.

It is recognized by both industry and the Department of Defense (DoD) as being a common process framework for the performance of effective systems engineering throughout the system life cycle.

IEEE 15288.1expands on the SE life cycle processes in ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 with the outcomes, activities, and outputs applicable to DoD projects.

IEEE 15288.2defines a set of technical reviews and audits that may be conducted for a DoD project and specifies the timing, inputs, review criteria, and outputs for those reviews.

15288 does not prescribe a specific life cycle model, but rather provides a process for defining, approving, and managing a life cycle model or models. This is described in Section 6.2.1 of 15288. Other 15288 processes take place within the context of an organization’s approved life cycle model.

 ISO/IEC TR 24748-1:2010 provides information on life cycle concepts and provides life cycle models that can be used within the frameworks of 15288 and/or 12207. It also provides guidance for tailoring your life cycle based on unique organizational requirements.

The 15288 standard provides requirements for the application of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 for defense systems engineering needs. This standard implements ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 for use by DoD organizations and other defense agencies in acquiring systems or systems engineering support.

While primarily supporting the acquirer-supplier agreement mode, this standard also can be used to support the other modes: use by organizations, projects, and process assessors. ISO 15288 provides the basis for selection, negotiation, agreement, and performance of necessary systems engineering activities and delivery of products, while allowing flexibility for both innovative implementation and tailoring of the specific systems engineering process(es) to be used by system suppliers, either contractors or government system developers, integrators, maintainers, or sustainers.

The scope of 15288 establishes the requirements for systems engineering activities to be performed on projects of the United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD) and other defense agencies across the entire system life cycle, including the planning, acquisition, modification, and sustainment of defense systems. It provides the foundation for systems engineering within the context of ISO/IEC/IEEE 152881 and the acquisition environment of DoD and other defense agencies at all levels of system hierarchy.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers ISO 15288 Training, a 3-day workshop where participants learn how to use ISO/IEC/IEEE8 15288 standard, “Systems and Software Engineering–System Life Cycle Processes,” for use by acquisition and system projects.

ISO 15288 Training covers how ISO/IEC/IEEE8 15288 standard establishes a common process framework for describing the life cycle of man-made systems and defines a set of systems engineering (SE) processes and associated terminology typical for the full system life cycle, including conception, development, production, utilization, support and retirement.

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