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ISO/IEC 15288 Overview


A Framework for Systems and Software Engineering Life Cycle Processes

ISO/IEC 15288:2015 is a standard for systems and software engineering life cycle processes. It establishes a common framework for describing the life cycle of systems created by humans and defines a set of processes and associated terminology within that framework. These processes can be applied at any level in the hierarchy of a system's structure. Selected sets of these processes can be applied throughout the life cycle for managing and performing the stages of a system's life cycle. This is accomplished through the involvement of all interested parties, with the ultimate goal of achieving customer satisfaction.

ISO/IEC 15288:2015 also provides processes that support the definition, control and improvement of life cycle processes used within an organization or project. Organizations and projects can use these life cycle processes when acquiring and supplying systems.

ISO/IEC 15288:2015 concerns systems that are man-made and may be configured with one or more of the following: hardware, software, data, humans, processes (e.g., processes for providing service to users), procedures (e.g., operator instructions), facilities, materials and naturally occurring entities.

ISO/IEC 15288:2015 (systems engineering) and ISO/IEC 12207:2008 (software engineering) are harmonized for concurrent use on a single project or in a single organization. Thus, ISO/IEC 12207:2008 processes used to implement software elements of a system will be compliant with ISO/IEC 15288:2015.

Other 15288 Information

SEPT has prepared several charts providing other summary information about 15288. They are:
  • Evolution
    • Predecessors to the 2015 version of 15288
    • Other standards and documents related to 15288
  • Fit Among Other Standards
    This chart shows how 15288 fits within a set of ISO/IEC standards that have been developed to bring about a consistent set of best practices to systems development.
  • Processes
    A list of 15288 processes by process type.
  • Life Cycle Stages
    The life cycle stages or periods during the lifetime of a system from concept through retirement.
  • Relationship to the 12207 (Software Processes) Standard
    This chart shows where processes defined in 12207 fit into a system life cycle whose framework is 15288.
  • Implementing the Standard
    This chart provides a set of recommended steps for instituting 15228 for a project or an organization.

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