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What does SWEBOK stand for and what does it mean?

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SWEBOK stands for Software Engineering Body of Knowledge.  It’s the term used to describe the sum of knowledge captured within the literature that describes the profession of software engineering.  However, since it would be nearly impossible to put the full body of knowledge (all related literature) for any discipline into a single document, the IEEE Computer Society has developed a Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. 

When someone refers to the SWEBOK, it is actually the guide that they are most often referencing.  The guide represents a distillation of all of the generally accepted principles from the entire body of knowledge.

The Guide to the SWEBOK contains 10 knowledge areas.

  • Software requirements
  • Software design
  • Software construction
  • Software testing
  • Software maintenance
  • Software configuration management
  • Software engineering management
  • Software engineering process
  • Software engineering tools and methods
  • Software quality



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