SWECOM and SWECAT: Assessing Software Engineering Competencies
A competent individual has cognitive, behavioral, and technical skills that enable him or her to perform specified activities in an effective and efficient manner; knowledge is what one knows, competency is what one can do. This presentation will describe a competency model and a competency assessment method to evaluate the competencies of software engineers. The Professional Activities and Education Board of the IEEE Computer Society sponsors this work. SWECOM, the software engineering competency model, will be presented http://www.computer.org/web/peb/swecom) and ways it can be used will be discussed. We will also cover work in progress on SWECAT, a prototype software engineering competency assessment tool that is being developed to determine the feasibility of tool support to assist in evaluating software engineering competencies. Finally, intended users and uses of SWECAT and the strengths and weaknesses of using an automated approach such as SWECAT to assist in evaluating software engineering competencies will be discussed.
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Dick Fairley (Primary Presenter), IEEE Computer Society, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Richard E. (Dick) Fairley, PhD is Principal Associate of Software Engineering and Management Associates (S2EA), a consulting and training company. He is also chair of the Software and Systems Engineering Committee of the IEEE Computer Society and a Computer Society delegate to the governing board of BKCASE. In addition, he is the appointed Computer Society appointed liaison to PMI and INCOSE. He is an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Technical University and an Affiliate Faculty Member at Regis University. His research interests include software systems engineering, project management, and process improvement. He is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, INCOSE, and PMI.
Massood Towhidnejad (Co-Presenter), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, email@example.com;
Massood Towhidnejad, PhD is Director of the NextGeneration ERAU Applied Research (NEAR) laboratory, and Professor of Software Engineering in the department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also a vice chair of the Software and Systems Engineering Committee of the IEEE Computer Society and a Computer Society delegate to the governing board of BKCASE. His research interests include software engineering, software quality assurance and testing, autonomous systems, and Air Traffic Management (NextGen). In addition to his university position, he has served as Visiting Research Associate at the Federal Aviation Administration, Faculty Fellow at NASA Goddard Flight Research Center, and Software Quality Assurance Manager at Carrier Corporations. He is a senior member of IEEE.