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ISO/IEC 15288

Updated: 2017-04-10T15:21Z

The ISO/IEC 15288 is a Systems Engineering standard covering processes and life cycle stages. Initial planning for the ISO/IEC 15288:2002(E) standard started in 1994 when the need for a common Systems Engineering process framework was recognized. The previously accepted standard MIL STD 499A (1969) was cancelled after a memo from SECDEF prohibited the use of most United States Military Standards without a waiver. The first edition was issued on 1 November 2002. Stuart Arnold was the editor and Harold Lawson was the architect of the standard.[1] In 2004 this standard was adopted as IEEE 15288. ISO/IEC 15288 has been updated 1 February 2008 as well as on 15 May 2015.[2]

ISO/IEC 15288 is managed by ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7, which is the ISO committee responsible for developing ISO standards in the area of Software and Systems Engineering. ISO/IEC 15288 is part of the SC 7 Integrated set of Standards, and other standards in this domain include:

  • ISO/IEC TR 15504 which addresses capability
  • ISO/IEC 12207 and ISO/IEC 15288 which address lifecycle and
  • ISO 9001 & ISO 9000-3 which address quality


  • ISO/IEC 15288:2015
  • Revises: ISO/IEC 15288:2008 (harmonized with ISO/IEC 12207:20


  • Revises: ISO/IEC 15288:2002 (first edition)


The standard defines processes divided into four categories:

  • Technical
  • Project
  • Agreement, and
  • Enterprise

Each process is defined by a purpose, outcomes, and activities. ISO 15288 comprises 25 processes which have 123 outcomes derived from 403 activities.[3] Example life cycle stages described in the document are: concept, development, production, utilisation, support, and retirement.

  1. Clause 6.4.1 - Stakeholder Requirements Definition Process
  2. Clause 6.4.2 - Requirements Analysis Process
  3. Clause 6.4.3 - Architectural Design Process
  4. Clause 6.4.4 - Implementation Process
  5. Clause 6.4.5 - Integration Process
  6. Clause 6.4.6 - Verification Process
  7. Clause 6.4.7 - Transition Process
  8. Clause 6.4.8 - Validation Process
  9. Clause 6.4.9 - Operation Process
  10. Clause 6.4.10 - Maintenance Process
  11. Clause 6.4.11 - Disposal Process

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