The Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge(SWEBoK Guide) describes generally accepted knowledge about software engineering. Its 15 knowledge areas (KAs) summarize basic concepts and provide references to further information and resources. The IEEE Computer Society published the first edition of the SWEBoK Guide in 2004, toward the larger goal of defining software engineering as a profession. The current edition, SWEBoK V3.0, was published in 2014. SWEBoK is freely available to all in a variety of forms. The IEEE Computer Society publishes it as a (PDF) document. SWEBoK V3.0 has also gained international recognition as ISO/IEC Technical Report 19759:2015.
In 2016, the IEEE Computer Society began work on the next iteration of SWEBoK with a virtual town hall meeting in August. Contributions and feedback from across the community of SWEBoK users were shared with the SWEEBoK Evolution team.
In November, an organizational meeting took place at the IEEE CS offices in Los Alamitos to establish the processes for the way forward.
Since its first edition, SWEBoK has been a community effort. Contributors worldwide worked on the 2004 SWEBoK Guide, with the help of many software practitioners. For SWEBoK V3.0, the editors received and responded to the comments of approximately 150 reviewers from 33 countries. The SWEBoK Evolution will continue the tradition to use the transparent and open consensus process that has been an integral part of SWEBoK. Future releases of SWEBoK will be incremental (e.g., twice per year) and will be available as a public wiki.
If you are interested in participating in the SWEBoK Evolution (e.g., as reviewer or contributor) or for further information, contact Rich Hilliard.