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1 Introduce the presenting team
Representatives from the local Fredericton CIPS section

2 Software Engineering in Canada
January 2002 Karen López, I.S.P. CIPS Director of Professional Standards CIPS is routed to some rather basic, professional fundamentals - nothing that extraordinary

3 Karen Lopez, I.S.P. CIPS National Director of Professional Standards
Member of the CIPS Executive Principal Consultant, InfoAdvisors, Inc.

4 The only professional IT designation in Canada
CIPS Professionalism The only professional IT designation in Canada I.S.P. = Information Systems Professional of Canada Given the previous discussions and scenarios, we hope that you agree that some level of professionalism, formally recognized, is essential. The Canadian response to this need has been the creation of an Information Systems Professional designation. (need to add IPA info)

5 Elements of a Mature Profession
Professionalism Elements of a Mature Profession Professional Development Infrastructure Support Professional Influences Initial Professional Education Accreditation Skills Development Professional Society Credentials License Certification Code of Ethics Professional Status Professional Development From After the Gold Rush, Steve McConnell

6 Canadian Software Engineering
Over 3 decades of use of the term Software Engineering to mean disciplined software development by those who are computer & information systems scientists SWEBOK’s Editor is based in Montreal Use of the term Software Engineering within traditional engineering faculties is relatively new.

7 Canadian Software Engineering
1997: CCPE launched legal proceedings against Memorial University of Newfoundland 1999: Case was settled out of court, with a condition for a Panel 2000: SE Taskforce established 2000: Draft Software Engineering Accreditation Board accreditation criteria 2001: Other stakeholders (AUCC, CACS/AIC) have voiced opposition to draft criteria 2001: CCPE issues press release that claims computer scientists who practice software engineering and computer science departments that offer software engineering programs are endangering the public

8 Canadian Software Engineering
2001: Provincial Engineering bodies actively enforcing software engineering trademarks, as well as pursuing the revision of Engineering Acts to take ownership of all application of sciences that impact the public interest 2002: CEAB and CSAC continue to accredit, separately, SE programs in Canada 2002: CIPS calls CCPE back to the negotiations

9 Isn’t it just a word? Software Engineering is used globally to describe all kinds of software development Should Canada be the only country that uses the term to mean something else? It’s not just about the word….

10 What could this mean to you?
If Engineering Acts are revised to include all applied software development, most of what we do would now be governed by the Engineering Acts in our Province If you are working on a project that may have an impact on the public, physically or financially, your work would need to be done under the supervision of licensed professional engineer Your career advancement could be constrained if you do not hold a current engineering license

11 What could this mean to you?
If you are a consultant providing services to the public that are covered by the Engineering Act, you would need to obtain a Certificate of Authority from the Provincial Engineering Body If you hire individuals that perform applied software activities, you will be under a great deal of pressure to find licensed individuals Data Management is not really covered under most Engineering programs….nor is the Zachman Framework, Logical Data Modelling, Process Modelling, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architectures, Data Warehouse, etc.

12 Why is this a problem? Today, in order to become a licensed engineer, an applicant must have graduated from an accredited engineering program – or– passed a lengthy series of engineering exams. There are no software engineering exams in Ontario. Today, license applicants write exams on traditional engineering topics – Strength of Materials, Physics, Engineering Calculus, Finite Element Analysis, etc. There are only 3+1 Software Engineering programs accredited in Canada

13 Why is this a problem? Contrary to the Engineering Societies around the world, engineering bodies here believe that there should be only one application domain in software engineering -> engineering The SWEBOK is explicit when it says that engineering is but one application domain in software Professional IT bodies in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US are working jointly with their engineering bodies to accredit software education programs

14 What’s the risk? Employer Confusion
True Software Engineering programs are not being developed Extended litigation instead of innovation in the IT industry Public at risk Canada’s competitive position eroded

15 CIPS’s Position Cooperative accreditation of engineering and computing software engineering is a win-win situation Software Engineering is applicable across many domains Good software development activities can be achieved without in-depth knowledge of the physical sciences

16 What can you do? Help CIPS obtain letters of support from professional bodies Watch for further calls to action from CIPS and ITAC Watch for media articles and government calls for comment Volunteer


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