Software Engineering Body of Knowledge

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The Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) is a product of the Software Engineering Coordinating Committee sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society.

The software engineering body of knowledge is an all-inclusive term that describes the sum of knowledge within the profession of software engineering. Since it is usually not possible to put the full body of knowledge of even an emerging discipline, such as software engineering, into a single document, there is a need for a Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. This Guide will seek to identify and describe that subset of the body of knowledge that is generally accepted, even though software engineers must be knowledgeable not only in software engineering, but also, of course, in other related disciplines.[1]


Contents of the SWEBOK

As of the 2004 edition, the SWEBOK guide define ten knowledge areas (KAs) within the field of software engineering

The SWEBOK also defines disciplines related to software engineering

Criticism and alternatives

Cem Kaner and Grady Booch have publicly stated that the document could be improved.[2] Many claim 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 report was also less than positive.[3]

The ACM famously pulled out of the SWEBOK process due to concerns about the work being used to require licensure.[4]

German scientists support that the SWEBOK regards sources which were published in English and is an accurate anglophone guide.[citation needed] Other versions, which include other authors, are available in French, Japanese, and Arabic.

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