Software Engineering Body of Knowledge
The Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) is an international standard ISO/IEC TR 19759:2005 specifying a guide to the generally accepted Software Engineering Body of Knowledge.
It has been created through cooperation among several professional bodies and members of the industry and is published by the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE). The standard can be accessed freely from the IEEE Computer Society. In mid-2013, a new updated version SWEBOK V3 will be released. SWEBOK V3 is currently under a public review, with comments for the final three knowledge areas due on June 30, 2013.
Contents of the SWEBOK
- Software requirements
- Software design
- Software construction
- Software testing
- Software maintenance
- Software configuration management
- Software engineering management (Engineering management)
- Software engineering process
- Software engineering tools and methods
- Software quality
The SWEBOK also defines disciplines related to software engineering:
- Computer engineering
- Computer science
- Quality management
- Software ergonomics (Cognitive ergonomics)
- Systems engineering
Regarding the initial version in 2001, Cem Kaner and Grady Booch have publicly stated that the document could be improved. Many claimed that the document may not accurately reflect the community's view of software engineering and recognize the effort to try to define the profession. Notkin, Gorlick, and Shaw's reported on the first version also less than positively.
Due to concerns about the work being used to require a mandatory software engineering licensure, the ACM famously pulled out of the SWEBOK process in 2000, but when these concerns passed the ACM rejoined.
German scientists[who?] support that the 2004 SWEBOK V2 regards sources which were published in English and is an accurate anglophone guide. Translations to other languages are available in French, Japanese, and Arabic.
Other similar efforts to define a body of knowledge for software engineering is the "Computing Curriculum Software Engineering (CCSE)", officially named Software Engineering 2004 (SE2004). The curriculum largely overlaps with the 2004 SWEBOK V2 because the SWEBOK has been used as one of its sources; however, it is more directed towards the academia. Whereas the SWEBOK defines the software engineering knowledge that practitioners should have after four years of practice, SE2004 defines the knowledge that an undergraduate software engineering student should possess upon graduation (including knowledge of mathematics, general engineering principles, and other related areas).
- PMBOK — Project Management Body of Knowledge
- EABOK — Enterprise Architecture Body of Knowledge
- BABOK — Business Analysis Body of Knowledge
- ABOK — Automation Body of Knowledge
- DMBOK — Data Management Body of Knowledge
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