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Systems Engineering Glossary

Term Definition

An agreement at a given point in time that is under configuration control and used for measuring progress and as the basis for defining change.  The term itself is meaningful only when preceded by another noun that specifies the type of agreement (e.g., schedule baseline, cost baseline, requirements baseline, etc.).

Best Practice

A recognized approach or technique that experience and research have demonstrated to dependably lead to a desired result.

Bidirectional Traceability

An association among two or more logical entities that is detectable in either direction (i.e., to and from an entity).


A separation between the interior of a system of interest and what lies outside of it.

Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)

A tool that aggregates, analyzes, and presents real-time information to support informed business decisions and provides a common operating picture to stakeholders.

Business Process Management (BPM)

A cycle for creating, executing, and optimizing business processes.