What is Systems Engineering?

Systems engineers are at the heart of creating successful new systems. They are responsible for the system concept, architecture, and design. They analyze and manage complexity and risk. They decide how to measure whether the deployed system actually works as intended. They are responsible for a myriad of other facets of system creation. Systems engineering is the discipline that makes their success possible – their tools, techniques, methods, knowledge, standards, principles, and concepts. The launch of successful systems can invariably be traced to innovative and effective systems engineering.

Systems Engineering is a transdisciplinary and integrative approach to enable the successful realization, use, and retirement of engineered systems, using systems principles and concepts and scientific, technological, and management methods.

We use the terms “engineering” and “engineered” in their widest sense: “the action of working artfully to bring something about”. “Engineered systems” may be composed of any or all people, products, services, information, processes, and natural elements.


INCOSE SA founded in 2002 is the South African chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering(INCOSE). INCOSE is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1990 to develop and spread the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable successful systems.

It is an open society, espousing system thinking and system engineering principles for all. Through organizing various activities and in sourcing information it ensures its members are knowledgeable professionals capable of being world-class systems engineers and systems thinkers.