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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.

The Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK Guide) has been created through cooperation among several professional bodies and members of industry and is published by the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE).The standard can be accessed freely from the IEEE Computer Society. In late 2013, SWEBOK V3 was approved for publication and released.

The published version of SWEBOK V3 has the following 15 knowledge areas (KAs) within the field of software engineering:

  • Software requirements
  • Software design
  • Software construction
  • Software testing
  • Software maintenance
  • Software configuration management
  • Software engineering management (Engineering management)
  • Software engineering process
  • Software engineering models and methods
  • Software quality
  • Software engineering professional practice Software engineering professionalism
  • Software engineering economics
  • Computing foundations
  • Mathematical foundations
  • Engineering foundations