System of Systems Template

 Manage different versions of Systems and the consistency of all the related specification documents. Create new versions of a System and automatically reuse and branch all the related specification documents. Manage Issues and Change Requests for a System. Manage software Releases and Patches for a System.


The System of Systems Template (SOS Template ;-) addresses the following uses cases

Basic Functions

  • Manage different System versions and maintain the consistency of all related specification documents.
  • Produce System baselines with a historic Traceability report for a selected System and its related documents.
  • Create new versions of a System and automatically reuse all the related specification documents.
  • Manage a System's Issues and Change Requests.
  • Manage a System's software Releases and Patches.
  • Workflows for Systems, Releases, Change Requests, Defects, System Requirements, System Test Cases, and Tasks.


Advanced Functions

  • Build a System of Systems and automatically reuse all sub-Systems and related specification documents.
  • Reuse a Reference System that contains sub-Systems to start new customer projects
  • Reuse sub-Systems from other projects.
  • View what Systems were reused and what use cases they were reused for.
  • View which Requirements/Test Cases/etc. are part of what System version.
  • View Traceability reports for a System and its sub-Systems.


In a Nutshell

  • A System is represented by a Product/System Work Item type.
  • All specification documents of a Product/System are listed and can be edited in the corresponding Work Item field.
  • Each Product/System has at least one linked Release that tracks all the information about the released Product. (For software, it contains links to the source code, builds, and related Test Runs). For a patch release, a Product/System has several Release Work Items linked to it.
    • Product/System: Documents the behavior of the System.
    • Release: Documents the actual deliverable.
  • When you create a new version of a System, use the new Version button. It will create a new System Work Item and branch all relevant specification documents.
  • In a new version of a Product/System, you must overwrite the original Work Items whenever you want to change a System Requirement or System Test Case in a specification document.
  • If a Product/System is composed of sub-Systems, you can easily add them to the sub-System section in the Work Item form. Sub-Systems are also represented by Product/System Work Items. Any System can be a sub-System of another System. Sub-Systems are added to the Product/System in the Sub-Systems field.



  • See the readme.txt file in the distribution package.


Enjoy and have fun with the template.


What's New in Version 1.8 (build 386)

Updated July 2023

Changes for 1.7.295 - 1.8.386
ATTENTION: This version of the SOS Template will only work with Polarion 2304 or newer (update to the new scripting engine of Polarion).
- Among more minor changes and bug fixes, you can now build a variant of variants structure based on a system of systems.
- Select features for the structure of a complete variant and then automatically select and generate all variant documents for a variant of the variants structure.
- SOS-22301 - Support of Polarion 2304 - Compile for Java 17
- SOS-22300 - Support of Polarion 2304 - Changed JavaScript (Nashorn) to Graal VM
- SOS-22292 - Open Related System Button for Variant
- SOS-22290 - Deep Creation of Variants for a System
- SOS-22560 - Task work item: Updated form configuration
- SOS-22286 - Variant Work Item: Option to Generate Variant Documents
- SOS-22273 - Automatically select and branch all relevant documents for a variant
- SOS-22324 - Improved build process for easier maintenance
- SOS-22299 - User Story: New custom field: notInReleaseNote
- SOS-22297 - Change the title of the new release item on system creation
- SOS-22287 - Variant Work Item: remove standard form extensions for Variants
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-22321 - Javascript error reported in Polarion log
- SOS-22296 - Improve implementation of delete/remove document
- SOS-22294 - Unresolveable document error when a document was deleted but is still referenced in the list
- SOS-22293 - Select Features was not working
- SOS-22291 - Related Variants list only showed variants in the same project
- SOS-22288 - The tooltip on the menu buttons was hidden

Changes for 1.6.226 - 1.7.295
Among many minor improvements following more significant changes are worth mentioning:
- Architecture widget which displays systems in a hierarchical structure.
- Management of parameters: You can define parameters as configuration Work Items and reference them inside the description of Work Items. All parameters are configuration aware, meaning they are applied only to Work Items in the same system version.
- SOS-21448 - Configuration Parameters in Testruns: Workflow action + enhanced test execution form
- SOS-21436 - Configuration Work Item: new custom fields and refined documentation
- SOS-21435 - Configuration Work Item: New Workflow Action: UpdateTestParameter
- SOS-21434 - System Workflow: Shortcut to publish a system
- SOS-21433 - Widget: SOS Document Report
- SOS-21401 - System Architecture Widget
- SOS-21398 - Reworked system/subsystems panel on top of Work Item
- SOS-21397 - Cleaned up Subsystem List
- SOS-21396 - Javascripts + libraries are managed in a common directory
- SOS-21394 - Blackbox Whitebox consolidation in one table
- SOS-21378 - SOS API: Possibility to create Buttons & Buttonbars
- SOS-21377 - Variant Work Items can now be part of a system tree
- SOS-21274 - API: Option to create Menus and Buttons
- SOS-21213 - Workflow Action: create Linked Release
- SOS-21022 - Support to add variants as subsystems
- SOS-20908 - Additional Option: "Create New Version In"
- SOS-20449 - Improved Button bar
- SOS-20119 - Optimize import statements in scripts
- SOS-21439 - Changed Name of configuration Work Item
- SOS-21438 - Link role configures now also from configuration to test cases
- SOS-21437 - System Work Item: default value for the initial version
- SOS-21399 - Updated wiki macro in template documents
- SOS-21395 - Release Work Item: All Wis are displayed in resolved Work Items Table
- SOS-21212 - Additional Parameters in Sub Navigation Widget
- SOS-21193 - Button and Page To Create A Baseline for A System
- SOS-21189 - Reworked UI to add and create documents
- SOS-21170 - Version field has default value "1.0"
- SOS-21169 - Workflow Action which allows to copy and add multiple documents to a system
- SOS-21167 - Task Work Item has additional custom fields
- SOS-21165 - System ButtonBar: Create Task should behave like create defect et others...
- SOS-21102 - Streamlined „Create New Version" Dialog
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-21447 - Small bugfix on System Report Page and layout change on system traceability page
- SOS-21400 - Referenced Documents of a requirement: Form extension did not display generated variants
- SOS-21164 - Wrong Toolbar Button: Create Tasks
- SOS-20906 - When the system was reused in other projects referenced documents were not displayed correctly
- SOS-20399 - When BlackBox Form extensions are disabled WhiteBox is rendered wrong

Changes for 1.5.217 - 1.6.226
This is mainly a maintenance release to ensure compatibility with Polarion 22 R1.
- SOS-20118 - Clean-up legacy extensions
- SOS-19879 - Empty Testrun is not anymore automatically created and added to release
- SOS-20115 - Remove Log4J Dependencies
- SOS-20215 - Removed all references to form extensions with numbers at the end
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-20120 - The Word Import button was missing
- SOS-20037 - Error message on SOS home page

Changes for 1.5.216 - 1.5.217
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-19890 - Impossible to create a new test run due to hardcoded projectID

Changes for 1.4 - 1.5
- SOS-19819 - Reworked Widgets and Widget Icons
- SOS-19800 - Custom Field: verificationCriteria for System Requirement
- SOS-19799 - Display Linked SystemRequirements Description Directly in System Test Case
- SOS-19797 - Display Work Items Content (by query, links, or both)
- SOS-19749 - Newired guidance for basic features
- SOS-19748 - Updated Button Bar: Menu Groups for Process Areas
- SOS-18360 - Import Word Document Button in System Toolbar
- SOS-18196 - Refactoring: Make form extensions easier to use for guidance tools
- SOS-17645 - Create a Test Run for the currently selected System
- SOS-19769 - Generic Coverage Report which can be called from the system
- SOS-19747 - Display Updated Work Items Also For Defects And User Stories
- SOS-17991 - Possible to limit displayed Work Items in form extension: SOS_workItem_tableWidgetQuery.vm
- SOS-17989 - Form Extension: display all related test runs
- SOS-9063 - Health Check if SOS is installed correctly
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-19796 - Refactoring: SOS_system_search_panel.vm
- SOS-19744 - File was not part of the installation package
Known Issues:
- SOS-18194 - Incorrect rendering of system item when displayed in Teamcenter
- SOS-16978 - Impossible to create a new version when " are in the title
- SOS-16956 - Compare Variant Configuration report does not always show overwritten Work Items

Changes for 1.3.1 - 1.4
- SOS-17918 - Clicking on "related system/release of a plan" will open it in the same tab
- SOS-17917 - Report Pages have a link back to System Work Item
- SOS-17916 - Adding existing Sub System will directly reopen system Work Item after successful addition
- SOS-17915 - Improved Confirmation Dialog When Adding Multiple Subsystems
- SOS-17823 - Updated description of the release plan
- SOS-17791 - Configuration Change: User Story links now to system requirements
- SOS-17789 - Change Request Workflow: Changed the order of status
- SOS-17788 - System Requirement Workflow changed
- SOS-17787 - Button to open Work Items by a status report for the system
- SOS-17781 - The system button bar has additional buttons and menus
- SOS-17780 - CR Workflow Update: mark Implemented action now displays resolved In Release(s) in transition
- SOS-17779 - Search Panel in System Work Item Form
- SOS-17776 - Improved Navigation through the system, and subsystems
- SOS-17775 - $sosUtil.getAllSuperSystemsQuery
- SOS-17774 - Remove and delete Document will directly bring you back to the system Work Item
- SOS-17713 - Release form configuration now always shows test run and build
- SOS-17651 - The relatedPlan field is now always shown
- SOS-17648 - New sosUtil Methods to check for related plans
- SOS-17646 - Example Page to Demonstrate Reports with sosUtil Tool
- SOS-16968 - User Story as additional planning element next to CR, issue, and task
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-17900 - Subsystem remove button did not update UI correctly
- SOS-17652 - Wrong path in install guide for scripts directory
- SOS-17649 - Method sosUtil.getBacklogQuery() did not show all relevant Work Items
- SOS-17644 - Method sosUtil.get*WorkItemsQuery returned "SELECT NULL WHERE FALSE" instead of an empty result query
- SOS-17643 - The sosUtil.getContainedWorkitems et. other queries brought the same result
- SOS-17624 - SOS Sub Navigation: Icon was not vertically aligned in the middle
- SOS-17619 - $sosUtil.getAllSubSystemsQuery("wiId") did not stop when recursion in system
- SOS-17602 - The sosUtil Tool API has a wrong constant value for the subsystems field
- SOS-14717 - Exception (see server log for details) Invocation of method 'getCustomField' in class on System Backlog page
- SOS-8929 - Replace the word "component" with "system" in the confirmation dialog when creating a new plan

Changes for 1.2 - 1.3.1
- SOS-17551 - Introduced User Story as an additional Work Item type
- SOS-17549 - $sosUtil Tool to improve scripting on top of SOS Template
- SOS-17545 - System Requirement Work Item: changedBecause is now a multi-enum field
- SOS-17544 - Removed sosQueryExtension from the build
- SOS-16969 - Step-by-step guide now has a Work Item type description
- SOS-16959 - Release note contains known issues section
- SOS-16469 - Better description of the traceability report
- SOS-16396 - Workflow Change: Overwrite & Relink now also checks BlackBox specification
- SOS-16248 - Additional Button in Release Notes: System Backlog
- SOS-16161 - The change workflow of the change request to rejected now requires adding a resolution
- SOS-16160 - Warning message in a document that document is automatically generated
- SOS-15930 - More advanced delete operation
- SOS-15389 - System Button Bar must now be clicked to expand
- SOS-15388 - System Plan now displays changedBecause information
- SOS-15383 - Button to open or create a plan for the system
- SOS-15242 - Traceability report has additional information that you can click on the headings and link back to the system Work Item
- SOS-15243 - Buttons to prioritize defects and change requests in backlog report
- SOS-15301 - Display SOS Template Release information on the project homepage
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-17548 - The custom field in the user story Work Item was not replaced with project-id
- SOS-17547 - Unreadable character in the legal notice
- SOS-17546 - The plan shows too many items in the "attention needed" section
- SOS-17257 - SOSQueryExtension creates too much logging information
- SOS-17255 - Kanban board in release plan does only respect states of CR Work Items
- SOS-16977 - Typo in configuration parameter template document
- SOS-16960 - Option: Do not copy custom fields was ignored in the "Component New Version" Widget
- SOS-16876 - Create a new Plan Button on the Backlog report that did not work correctly
- SOS-16527 - Removed duplicate confirmation message in deep deletion page
- SOS-16216 - Problem with adding/removing documents from a variant
- SOS-15589 - Creation of a new document and its addition to the system fails if the document title cannot be resolved
- SOS-15476 - Creating a new version fails to branch referenced documents if a baseline exists in the project with an empty description
Known Issues:
- SOS-16978 - Impossible to create a new version when " are in the title
- SOS-16956 - Compare Variant Configuration report does not always show overwritten Work Items

Changes for 1.1 - 1.2
- SOS-15263 - Reuse System Action with "better" description
- SOS-15246 - System Backlog Report displays related variants
- SOS-15233 - System View (Versions) now displays older releases in Status published
- SOS-14762 - Changed Form Filter for Change Request and Defect Work Item
- SOS-14761 - Info Message in "New Version Dialog" when baselines exist
- SOS-14697 - Improved Navigation From a System Work Item
Bug Fixes:
- SOS-15245 - Create a new version of the system also duplicates the plan
- SOS-15244 - Copy variant also copies the related plan
- SOS-15231 - Change assignee and author of template Work Items to admin whenever a user is set
- SOS-15196 - Remove non-standard users from the project template
- SOS-14827 - Documents are not displayed correctly after patch 1
- SOS-14819 - White Box Documents: Dropdown menu is not displayed correctly
- SOS-14817 - Create a new version widget: Fields not to duplicate are ignored

Changes for 1.0 - 1.1
- QuickStart guide with videos
- Possibility to create variants for a system
- Variant Comparison Report
- Release notes report
- Support of black box and white box specifications
- Support of Polarion Collections (Collections can be created by workflow)
- UI enhancements
- Display changed requirements directly in related change request

See the release note in the download package for more information on bug fixes and improvements



Vendor Tim Ströbele (Siemens PLM)
Published Version 1.8 (build 386) - July 2023
Price Free
Community Supported Extension This extension is not supported by Siemens PLM.
Requirements The download package contains two versions of the SoS Template
Version 1.8 (build 386) requires Polarion 2304 (3.23.4) and newer and was last tested on Polarion 2304 (3.23.4)
Version 1.7 (build 295) requires Polarion 22 R1 (3.22.1) to Polarion 22 R2 (3.22.2)