Summary: 36 CrossTalk--Nov/Dec 2010
Two projects now underway have the potential to signifi-
cantly improve the worldwide software engineering workforce.
The Integrated Software and Systems Engineering Curricu-
lum Project (ISSEC) recently published Graduate Software
Engineering 2009 (GSwE2009): Curriculum Guidelines for
Graduate Degree Programs in Software Engineering. Initially
sponsored by DoD with over 40 authors, the IEEE Computer
Society and the Association for Computing Machinery now
maintain and evolve GSwE2009 with support from the Inter-
national Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). The sec-
ond project, Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance
Systems Engineering (BKCASE), is creating two products: a
body of knowledge for systems engineering and guidelines
for a professional master's degree in systems engineering.
Both the body of knowledge and the reference curriculum will
incorporate software engineering as appropriate, to reflect
the critical importance that software plays in modern systems.
DoD, INCOSE, IEEE Systems Council, and IEEE Computer