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Competency Working Group


Mission & Objectives

The purpose of the Competency Working Group (CWG) is to establish resources, measures, and guidance to continuously improve the knowledge and skills of practicing systems engineers. The CWG also serves as a forum for continued dialogue on systems engineering competence and competency development.

The goal of the Competency Working Group is to develop, publish, and sustain an INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework (ISECF) and associated INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Assessment Guide (ISECAG). These products are globally accepted and tailorable to the needs of the organization or individual. The CWG further established that the ISECF should address the soft skills needed by Systems Engineers, and delineate how Systems Engineering relates to Project Management as well as other disciplines such as Quality and Finance. The ISECF and ISECAG are intended for use in hiring, assessing, training, and advancing practicing Systems Engineers; and may be used for other purposes as deemed appropriate by the consumer.

INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework recognized as the 2018 Product of the Year

The Competency Working Group was recognized during the Opening Plenary of the 2019 International Workshop, receiving the award for the 2018 Product of the Year. Congratulations to the group, and particular thanks to all those who contributed to its development and acceptance as an INCOSE product. You can download the ISECF  from the INCOSE Store at


Chair Dr. Clifford Whitcomb, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) 
Co-Chair Lori Zipes, US Navy NAVSEA

Working Group Products

INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework                    2018

INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Assessment Guide      draft

Planned Working Sessions at the Next Events

Competency Working Group to Meet during IW 2021

The INCOSE Competency Working Group will meet in the weeks prior to the 2021 INCOSE International Virtual Workshop.  The Working Group will present a Town Hall session during the IW (time TBD) as well as have an open session to welcome and orient new members and potential contributors to the Competency Assessment Guide (time TBD).

If you are participating in the Workshop, we hope you will consider joining us.

Planned Presentations at the Next Events