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Tools Database Working Group (TDWG)

Charter
The TDWG Charter is to:
Partner with appropriate INCOSE Functional Working Groups to host the SE Tools Database, a resource for systems engineers to obtain information on tools based on their specific needs

 
Leadership
Chair: Randy Bullard, Air Force Fleet Viability Board
 

Members of the TDWG meet twice yearly - at the International Workshop and the International Symposium. They also use the INCOSE Connect, the web-based collaboration space provided for technical activities. Benefits of participation on this working group include gaining a detailed working knowledge of the various SE Tool categories and COTS tools and when to apply them to solve SE problems.

There are several ways to participate including:

  • Working Member: Participates in the development of SE Tool related products; participates in most TDWG meetings
  • Reviewing Member: Participates in the review of Working Group products and technical papers; frequently participates in TDWG meetings
  • Information Member: Receives information via e-mail, but currently not active due to business demands; participates in TDWG meetings as often as possible

Presentations

Contact Tools Database Working Group for additional information or to join this group.

Accomplishments/Products

  • Requirements Management Tools: Through a collaborative effort with the Requirements Working Group, a RMT survey was constructed and distributed to tool vendors. The latest survey responses are available as part of the Tools Database.
  • Systems Architecture Tools: Through a collaborative effort with the Systems Architecture Working Group, a SA Tool survey was constructed and distributed to tool vendors. The latest survey responses are available as part of the Tools Database.
  • Measurement Tools: Through a collaborative effort with the Measurement Working Group, a Measurement Tool survey was constructed and distributed to tools vendors. The latest survey responses are available as part of the Tools Database.
  • The Tools Database currently lists over 1,600 Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) and Government Off-the-Shelf (GOTS) tools of interest to Systems Engineers. These tools are listed alphabetically by tool name and by tool vendor.

Major Focus: Design of Next Generation Tools Database System

  • Institute a requirement for annual tool data verification.
  • Develop a combined tools database format/taxonomy.
  • Streamline the input process to the survey, making it easier on vendors; establish periodic mandatory update process.
  • Look into including "does your tool support standards xxxx?" as part of the tools survey.
  • Explore inclusion of features to make the tools information more useful such as a "print option" to make pages printable or a "compare" capability, allowing database user to compare models side-by-side.
 
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Content Owner: Tools Database Working Group (TDWG) | Last Updated: 9 Feb 2010
 
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