An Attribute is an observable characteristic of a system.

Alternative Names

Concept Number: *003
English Master: Attribute
Synonyms, Variations & Acronyms: Characteristic *003, Property *003


Any specific system can be described by a set of Past, present and desired Attributes.

There are four main categories of Attributes:

Product-Value: ‘How Good the System Is’
Function: ‘What the System Does’
• Resource: ‘What the System Costs’
• Design (or Architecture): ‘The Means for delivering the System’

All Attributes are qualified by Conditions, which describe the time, place and events under which the Attributes exist.
Attribute: “A characteristic of an Item; for example, the item’s color, size, or Type.”
Source: Dictionary of Computing Terms, IEEE 630-90, 1990.

inherent property or characteristic of an Entity that can be distinguished quantitatively or qualitatively by human or automated Means
[based on ISO/IEC 15939:2002]
Note: ISO 9000 makes the distinction between: inherent Means existing in something, especially as a permanent characteristic, and a characteristic assigned to a Product, Process or system (e.g. the price of a Product, the owner of a Product) is not a Quality characteristic of that Product, Process or system.



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