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Dupuis, Robert, Bourque, Pierre, Tait, Jeff, McGarry, Jeff, DeWeese, Perry and Moore, James W.. 2000. « Guide to the software engineering body of knowledge : Overview and applications ». Communication lors de la conférence : Twelfth Annual Software Technology Conference (STC) (Salt Lake City, UT, USA, May 5, 2000).

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Is Software Engineering really Engineering? Not yet, according to the usual licensing and accreditation requirements of the engineering profession. The Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) is a joint project of the IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery that may change that state of affairs. The project is developing a broad consensus on the core contents of the software engineering discipline. It is anticipated that the Guide will find use in developing software engineering curricula, accrediting curricula, developing licensing examinations, and describing and certifying competencies. The current "Stone Man" version of the Guide outlines ten knowledge areas of software engineering, identifies generally accepted topics within these knowledge areas, points to relevant reference material for all topics, and specifies other disciplines related to software engineering. The next phase of the project will develop an "Iron Man" version based largely on trial application of the current version in realistic simations. This workshop is intended to provide one of those trial uses. Using the SWEBOK Guide, we will define the various competencies needed to implement a comprehensive set of processes for the software life cycle. The resulting definitions would be useful in writing position descriptions, describing project staffing, and evaluating proposals. Lockheed Martin and some of its subcontractors have agreed to cooperate in this exercise to ensure that we are dealing with a realistic situation. The result is expected to be broadly applicable to both suppliers and acquirers of software. Following the exercise, we will evaluate the utility of the Guide in performing the task. Finally, we will offer participants the opportunity to provide feedback on the overall project. More information regarding the SWEBOK project, including the current version of the Guide, can be found at

Item Type: Communication (Communication)
Bourque, Pierre
Affiliation: Autres
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 19:25
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 15:13

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