Reviewers Sought for SWEBOK Guide Knowledge Areas

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 7 December, 2011 – The IEEE Computer Society is seeking public review comments for Version 3 of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge.

The SWEBOK Guide spells out components of the software engineering discipline, promoting a consistent view of software engineering worldwide. The guide clarifies software engineering’s place compared to other disciplines.

The IEEE Computer Society’s two software development certifications—the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) for entry-level developers and the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) credential for mid-career professionals are both based on the SWEBOK Guide. The CSDA and the CSDP are the first two certifications that conform to the ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide.

Most IEEE Computer Society training materials and curriculum development also use the SWEBOK Guide as a foundation.

The newest version of the SWEBOK Guide includes new topic areas, updated topic descriptions, and retirement of topics that are no longer relevant. Five new knowledge areas (KAs) provide a guide to foundational knowledge in software engineering.

The new guide will feature better integration of the related disciplines, and renaming and distribution of some material into different knowledge areas.

Software practitioners worldwide participate in the Guide’s development to ensure that it captures established traditional practices recommended by many organizations. The SWEBOK Guide uses a rigorous process that includes successive levels of review. Three knowledge areas are now available for review: Software Construction, Software Configuration Management, and Computing Foundations.

Each of the 15 KAs will be published as they become available for review. To review the three new knowledge areas, go to

Notification will be provided as other knowledge areas become available for review. Reviewers should read the review instructions and enter their review comments along with the requested information (see the right column of the review site).

The deadline for review comments on these areas is 6 January, 2012. For more information, contact Dick Fairley, chair of the SWEBOK V3 Change Control Board, at

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 38 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities. For more information, go to

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