Computer Society to Refresh SWEBOK Guide

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 29 June 2009 — IEEE Computer Society volunteers are gearing up to refresh the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), adding new knowledge areas and revising others to align the guide with current curriculum and industry practices.

The refresh, set for a mid-2010 release, is intended to bring the SWEBOK Guide in closer alignment with IEEE Computer Society certification programs, further define software engineering as a profession, and help bridge the gap between industry and academia.

“Creation of a single, authoritative definition of the scope of software engineering will make it easier for employers to set expectations, for developers to fulfill those expectations, and for universities to prepare their graduates for those expectations,” said Jim Moore, principal engineer at MITRE Corp. and Computer Society Vice President of Professional Activities .

Pierre Bourque, co-editor of the 2010 version of the SWEBOK Guide, as well as the two previous versions, said that the refresh is essential to maintaining the document’s usefulness. “Keeping the SWEBOK Guide current with industry practices is essential to ensuring that it continues to be relevant to and used by all stakeholders, The SWEBOK Guide currently plays a prominent role in the maturation of software engineering as a legitimate discipline and a recognized profession around the world,” said Bourque, associate professor and director of the software engineering master’s program at Ecole de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec, Canada.

The update was approved by the Computer Society Professional Practices Committee in 2008. A professional practice knowledge area will be added. Four new education areas, drawn from the 2004 software engineering undergraduate curriculum guidelines, will be added to the 2010 SWEBOK Guide to address engineering economy, computing, mathematical, and engineering foundations.

SWEBOK covers generally accepted knowledge about software engineering. Its 10 knowledge areas summarize basic concepts and include a reference list pointing to the detailed information. Leading up to the 2004 SWEBOK Guide, SWEBOK team members received and replied to almost 10,000 comments from over 500 reviewers in 42 countries. The SWEBOK Guide is also recognized as an ISO Technical Report. Transparency and consensus-building are essential values to its development. This fall, the Computer Society will seek volunteers from around the world to review the changes and additions incorporated in the 2010 version.

The effort is being led by five volunteer co-editors, including Bourque, Alain Abran, a professor and director of the Software Engineering Research Laboratory at the École de technologie supérieure of the Université du Québec; Juan Garbajosa, a professor of software engineering at Informatics School, Technical University of Madrid; Gargi Keeni, a vice president of Tata Consultancy Services and a member of the IEEE Software Advisory Board; and Beijun Shen, an associate professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University.

About the IEEE Computer Society
With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the CS is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology.

The CS serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. Known worldwide for its computer-standards activities, the CS promotes an active exchange of ideas and technological innovation among its members.

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