ISO/IEC TR 19759:2005

AS/NZS ISO/IEC 19759:2007

AS/NZS ISO/IEC 19759:2007
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Australian/New Zealand Standard™
Software Engineering—Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK)

AS/NZS ISO/IEC 19759:2007 This Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard was prepared by Joint Technical Committee IT-015, Software and Systems Engineering. It was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 3 November 2006 and on behalf of the Council of Standards New Zealand on 17 November 2006. This Standard was published on 30 January 2007.

The following are represented on Committee IT-015: Australian Computer Society Australian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association Australian Society or Technical Communications Australian Software Metrics Association Engineers Australia/ACTS Joint Board in Software Engineering Griffith University National Association of Testing Authorities Australia National ICT Australia New Zealand Organisation for Quality Software Quality Association, ACT Software Quality Association, NSW Systems Engineering Society of Australia The University of Queenslands University of Auckland, NZ University of South Australia University of Technology, Sydney Vendor Interests, NZ

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This Standard was issued in draft form for comment as DR 06509.

AS/NZS ISO/IEC 19759:2007

Australian/New Zealand Standard™
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Software Engineering—Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK)

First published as AS/NZS ISO/IEC 19759:2007.

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PREFACE
This Standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee IT-015, Software and Systems Engineering. The objective of this Standard is to provide software engineers and developers with a guide that characterizes the boundaries of the software engineering discipline and provides topical access to the literature supporting that discipline. This Standard is identical with, and has been reproduced from ISO/IEC TR 19759:2005, Software Engineering—Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK). As this Standard is reproduced from an international standard, the following applies:
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Its number appears on the cover and title page while the international standard number appears only on the cover. In the source text ‘this Technical Report’ should read ‘this Australian/New Zealand Standard’. A full point substitutes for a comma when referring to a decimal marker.

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INTRODUCTION

Introduction
The purpose of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge is to provide a consensually validated characterization of the bounds of the software engineering discipline and to provide a topical access to the Body of Knowledge supporting that discipline. The Body of Knowledge is subdivided into ten software engineering Knowledge Areas (KA) plus an additional chapter providing an overview of the Knowledge Areas of strongly related disciplines. The descriptions of the KAs are designed to discriminate among the various important concepts, permitting readers to find their way quickly to subjects of interest. Upon finding a subject, readers are referred to key papers or book chapters selected because they succinctly present the knowledge. An emphasis on engineering practice leads the Guide toward a strong relationship with the normative literature. Most of the computer science, information technology and software engineering literature provides information useful to software engineers, but a relatively small portion is normative. A normative document prescribes what an engineer should do in a specified situation rather than providing information that might be helpful. The normative literature is validated by consensus formed among practitioners and is concentrated in standards and related documents. From the beginning, the SWEBOK project was conceived as having a strong relationship to the normative literature of software engineering. The two major standards bodies for software engineering (IEEE Computer Society Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee and ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7) are represented in the project. Ultimately, it is hoped that software engineering practice standards will contain principles directly traceable to the Guide. The Guide is oriented toward a variety of audiences, all over the world. It aims to serve public and private organizations in need of a consistent view of software engineering for defining education and training requirements, classifying jobs, developing performance evaluation policies or specifying software development tasks. It also addresses practicing, or managing, software engineers and the officials responsible for making public policy regarding licensing and professional guidelines. In addition, professional societies and educators defining the certification rules, accreditation policies for university curricula, and guidelines for professional practice will benefit from the SWEBOK Guide, as well as the students learning the software engineering profession and educators and trainers engaged in defining curricula and course content.

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TECHNICAL REPORT

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ISO/IEC TR 19759:2005(E)

AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND STANDARD

Software Engineering — Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK)

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Scope

This Technical Report characterizes the boundaries of the software engineering discipline and provides topical access to the literature supporting that discipline.
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Recommendations

As a type 3 Technical Report, this document does not make technical recommendations. The information provided is that contained in the following publication (reproduced on the following pages), which is adopted as a Technical Report: Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge, 2004 Version, IEEE Computer Society.

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Revision of the IEEE Computer Society publication

It has been agreed with the IEEE Computer Society that ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 will be consulted in the event of any revision or amendment of this IEEE Computer Society publication. Consultation will be accomplished by the existing Category A liaison relationship between SC7 and IEEE Computer Society.

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Publication

The report of the IEEE Computer Society appears on the following pages.

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